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LEAPS S5 Parents' & Carers' Information Session

About the LEAPS S5 Parents' & Carers' Information Session

Thank you for taking the time to access our LEAPS S5 Parents’ & Carers’ Information Session online resources (below), which we have put together as an alternative to the event we unfortunately had to cancel. 

These resources are intended for parents and carers of LEAPS-eligible S5 students. If your son or daughter is in S5, is LEAPS eligible, and is aiming for higher education at college or university, we hope these resources are helpful to you. (We know some students have moved up a year group slightly earlier than usual in some schools, so just to say that where we refer to S5 here we mean those who started the school year in August 2019 as S5.)

You are welcome to watch each of the recordings/presentations in order, as outlined in the Introduction, or we have provided time codes with each recording if you are looking for specific information. Please note, this information is valid as of May 2020.


Introduction

Please see below for a short welcome talk (clip length 5 minutes 46 seconds) which introduces the resources you will find below.

You will hear about LEAPS (time code 00:02:54), LEAPS eligibility criteria (00:03:28), the LEAPS Parents’ & Carers Mailing List and website section (00:04:43), the LEAPS S5Hub (00:05:02) and the LEAPS S5 Conference Online Resources (00:05:06).

 

 

If you are unable to access the recording, you can download a PDF of our Introduction presentation slides and a transcript.

Useful links mentioned in the Introduction:

SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority) website 

About LEAPS

How to contact LEAPS

LEAPS Eligibility

LEAPS Schools

LEAPS Parents’ & Carers’ Mailing List

LEAPS Parents’ & Carers’ website section (find answers to questions we are frequently asked by parents and carers in this section)

LEAPS S5Hub

LEAPS S5 Conference Online Resources

LEAPS S5 Parents’ & Carers’ Information Session Evaluation Survey


LEAPS Presentation

In our LEAPS Presentation (clip length 18 minutes 28 seconds), you will hear about the process of applying to Higher Education study as well as an overview of the support LEAPS offers.

You will hear about the typical S6 timeline with regard to applying to Higher Education study (time code 00:00:52), LEAPS support, (00:04:00), routes into Higher Education including college pathways (time code 00:05:43), the importance of subject choice (time code 00:09:09), getting started with researching Higher Education areas of interest (time code 00:13:41) and sources of support (time code 00:15:18).

 

 

If you are unable to access the recording, you can download a PDF of our LEAPS Presentation slides and transcript.

Useful links mentioned in the LEAPS Presentation:

Routes into Higher Education and College Opportunities video 

LEAPS S5Hub

LEAPS S5Hub blog post ‘Career and Course Exploration during Covid-19’

UCAS Course Search Tool 

UCAS Parents’ Mailing List


University & Local College Contact Information

In this recording (clip length 4 minutes  6 seconds), you will hear from our university partners. Part of their role is to support you with any queries you have about their institution.

We recommend contacting universities and colleges directly if you have any queries that you are unable to find the answer to via their websites or prospectuses. To help you with this, you can find contact details for all Scottish universities and for local colleges in our University and Local College Contacts Information Sheet.

 

 

We are in the process of creating a subtitled version of this recording.


The Student View

In The Student View (clip length 22 minutes 28 seconds), you will hear from current university students who volunteer with LEAPS about aspects of their own student experience.

You will hear about researching courses (time code 00:02:02), different accommodation types (time code 00:06:05), social opportunities at university (time code 00:11:17) and student support (time code: 00:17:14).

 

 

If you are unable to access the recording, you can download a PDF of our The Student View presentation slides and transcript here


SAAS & Student Funding

In the SAAS & Student Funding Presentation (clip length 7 minutes 10 seconds), you will hear a brief overview of student funding for Higher Education courses.

You will hear about tuition fees (time code 00:01:20), bursaries (time code 00:02:07), student loans (time code 00:03:26), the nursing and midwifery student bursary (time code 00:04:43), grants (time code 00:05:35) and other sources of funding (00:06:15).

 

 

If you are unable to access the recording, you can download a PDF of our SAAS & Student Funding Presentation slides and transcript.

In the clip below you will hear from Mikey who works for SAAS. The SAAS team are there to support you with any SAAS queries you have - find contacts details in the useful links section below. 

 

Useful links mentioned in SAAS & Student Funding Presentation:

SAAS (Student Awards Agency Scotland) website 

SAAS Eligibility Information 

SAAS Guide to Undergraduate Funding (including bursaries, loans and grants information) 

SAAS information about repaying the student loan

SAAS information about funding for nursing and midwifery students 

SAAS Parents and Carer Information 

SAAS Guidance on other sources of funding

SAAS Register of Education Endowments

How to contact SAAS 

Student Information Scotland website 

LEAPS Student Finance blog post 


Closing Presentation

Please see below for a short Closing Presentation (clip length 1 minutes 15 seconds) to conclude the LEAPS S5 Parents’ & Carers’ Information Session.

 

 

If you are unable to access the recording, you can download a PDF of our Closing Presentation slides and transcript.


How to contact LEAPS

The LEAPS team is working from home until further notice, but if you have any queries please contact us and we’ll help you with your query.


LEAPS Parents’ & Carers’ Mailing List

If you would like to receive occasional updates from LEAPS, for example news about LEAPS activities, please complete this form to sign-up to our LEAPS Parents’ & Carers’ Mailing List.


LEAPS S5 Conference Online Resources

We’ve also created some resources to help LEAPS-eligible S5 students who are aiming for higher education at college and university, which you can find on our LEAPS S5 Conference Online web page – please tell your son or daughter about these, thanks!


Evaluation Survey

We would really appreciate it if you could please complete this short online evaluation survey so that we have a better understanding of how useful these resources were to you and ways in which we could improve them in future. If you require the evaluation survey in an alternative format, please contact us.

Thanks very much,

The LEAPS Team