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To find out more about the different activities LEAPS offers (both in and out of school), please use our activity selector below. We are always developing the LEAPS programme, so do remember to check back for details of new events.

Remember, the LEAPS team is available all year round to offer information, advice and guidance about higher education to LEAPS-eligible students and parents and carers, so if you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Coronavirus Update

Latest Coronavirus Update

Last updated 7 August 2020.

The LEAPS team is working from home until further notice, but we are very much still here to support you.

We anticipate that our activities and events will be delivered remotely for (at least) the start of the 2020-2021 school year. We hope to offer as many of our usual activities and events as possible in some format, but as this is an unusual time for us we may have to review certain aspects of our programme. We ask that you please bear with us as we organise LEAPS delivery remotely, and we will review the situation on an ongoing basis.

If you need to contact LEAPS with any queries please continue to email us at or call us on 07774336265. Our typical office hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

We will get back to you as soon as we can.

Best wishes,
The LEAPS Team
The LEAPS Office | Room 1/06 Old Moray House | Holyrood Road | Edinburgh | EH8 8AQ

S3 On-Campus

This half-day event provides an early introduction to university and student life. You will visit a university and, in a group, explore the university campus (the building and facilities) with a university student, our ‘uni experts’. Working in a team, you will complete fieldwork on a particular topic, collecting research and images, which you will then use to create a report ‘film’ on Adobe Spark. We can share the ‘film’ with your school after the event.

This event usually takes place between February and April.

(For Group 1+ schools only)
A university campus in Edinburgh

S4 Workshop

This workshop runs over a school period. In a group, you will explore different aspects of higher education and student life with the help of a current university student, our ‘uni experts’. You might get chatting about student social life, what learning is like at university, or another topic that springs to mind!

This event usually takes place between November and February.

(For Group 1+ and Group 1 schools only)

Takes place in your school

High Flyers

High Flyers takes place in June as you are move from S4 to S5. If invited to take part (see note below), you will attend a range of academic and social sessions at universities local to Edinburgh (Edinburgh Napier University, Heriot-Watt University, Queen Margaret University and the University of Edinburgh), giving you the opportunity to sample different university courses and get a taste of student life. We hire Student Mentors – current university students - to work with you throughout the week too.

Students from the schools below are invited by their school to take part:

  • Castlebrae Community High School
  • Craigroyston Community High School
  • Forrester High School
  • Liberton High School
  • Newbattle Community High School
  • Tynecastle High School
  • Wester Hailes Education Centre

(For selected pupils in Group 1+ schools only)

University campuses around Edinburgh

S5 Introduction to Higher Education

This presentation explains who we are (the LEAPS team!), what we do, and also outlines LEAPS eligibility criteria.  The session is for students who may have the potential to go on to higher education and provides an overview of what higher education is, including key information relating to entry qualifications, application procedures, exit points and articulation (moving from college to university study).

Focusing on a timeline, you are advised of opportunities to collect information to make an informed decision about post-school higher education options and are introduced to the LEAPS S5Hub – our online resource for S5 students.

This presentation takes place in August or between November and February.

(For Group 1+, Group 1 and Group 2 schools)

Takes place in your school

S5 Interviews

This is a one-to-one thirty-minute interview with a member of the LEAPS team. We’ll offer you individual advice and guidance on higher education entry requirements and focus on course choices for S6. We’ll also look at other opportunities you could explore such as work experience or summer opportunities to help you with any applications you are thinking of making.

This is for students who have the potential to achieve a minimum of 3 Highers over 2 sittings, and therefore the potential to go on to higher education.

This interview usually takes place between January and March.

(For Group 1+ and Group 1 schools only)

Takes place in your school

S5 Conference

The S5 Conference is a campus-based event designed to help you take steps towards higher education. It is the chance to collect information and advice about future courses (our exhibition), what you need to get in (entry requirements), how best to prepare (what you need to do), meet current university students (find out what student life is like) and chat to staff from local universities and colleges (friendly people there to help you!)

The Conference is delivered by LEAPS staff, university students and colleagues from partner organisations, higher education institutions and related agencies.

The S5 Conference usually takes place in March. 



(For Group 1+, Group 1 and Group 2 schools)

A university campus in Edinburgh

S5 Parents' & Carers' Information Evening

Parents and carers of S5 LEAPS-eligible students are invited to attend our S5 Parents' & Carers' Information Evening, which usually takes place in spring each year. Students are also welcome to attend. Presentations include the support LEAPS offers; choosing and applying to higher education courses; student life; student funding; and college options. 

You will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from the LEAPS team, some higher education institutions (including our partner universities), and current university students. 

This event usually takes place in March.

(For Group 1+, Group 1 and Group 2 schools)

A university campus in South East Scotland

S6 What is LEAPS? Talk

This short presentation reminds you about the support LEAPS offers to LEAPS-eligible students in S6.

We’ll highlight events and opportunities will be offering you throughout the year to help you with your higher education journey, including our S6 pre-UCAS guidance interview.

This presentation usually takes place between August and September.

(For Group 1+, Group 1 and Group 2 schools)

Takes place in your school

S6 Pre-UCAS Application Interview

The LEAPS pre-UCAS application interview is offered to all final-year LEAPS-eligible students and is an opportunity to discuss your application to college or university, including potential course choices, experience and achievements to date, and the personal statement. We will also confirm LEAPS eligibility at this interview, so it is vital not to miss it.

The interview is either undertaken by a member of the LEAPS team or by an advisor from one of our partner institutions and you must complete the online survey form here in advance of the interview (this survey opens in August each year).

The interview may be followed up by a pre-application enquiry to a university on your behalf to reassure you of a likely offer and any conditions that might need to be met.

Find out more about the interview in our S6 Blog post

The deadline for LEAPS interviews - and confirming LEAPS eligibility - is Friday 27 November 2020 for the 2020-2021 school year.

The pre-UCAS application interview usually takes place between August and early November.

(For Group 1+, Group 1 and Group 2 schools)

Usually takes place in your school