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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

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

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

We anticipate that our activities and events will be delivered partly remotely and partly in school for the start of the 2021-2022 school year. We hope to offer as many of our usual activities and events as possible in some format, but we may have to review certain aspects of our programme as the year progresses. We ask that you please bear with us as we organise LEAPS delivery, and we will review the situation on an ongoing basis.

Best wishes,
The LEAPS Team
The LEAPS Office | Room 1/06 Old Moray House | Holyrood Road | Edinburgh | EH8 8AQ
E: leaps@ed.ac.uk
W: www.leapsonline.org

Last updated 26th August 2021

What is LEAPS? Presentation

Please watch our What is LEAPS? Presentation here to find out more about LEAPS.

The presentation explains who we are, what we do, and the support we offer to LEAPS-eligible students who are aiming for higher education.

We would usually deliver this presentation in person at school parents’ evenings, but as we are currently working remotely due to Covid-19 we created a recording which can be viewed at any time.

S3 On Campus Workshop

This workshop provides an early introduction to university and student life. With help from a university student, our ‘uni experts’, you will explore a university campus and discuss different topics including student accommodation, student societies and what studying is like at university.

This workshop usually takes place between March and April.

(For Group 1+ schools only)
Location: 
A university campus in Edinburgh (may also take place online due to Covid-19)

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 January and March.

(For Group 1+ and Group 1 schools only)

Location: 
Takes place in your school (may also take place online due to Covid-19)

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 are invited by their school to take part.

(For selected pupils in Group 1+ schools only)

Location: 
University campuses around Edinburgh (may also take place online due to Covid-19)

S5 Introduction to Higher Education

This presentation explains who the LEAPS team is, 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 usually takes place between November and December.

(For Group 2 schools)

Location: 
Takes place in your school (may also take place online due to Covid-19)

S5 Workshop

This workshop includes elements of the S5 Introduction to Higher Education presentation and offers the chance to work with current university students to see what student life is really like. We will also introduce you to the LEAPS S5Hub, our online resource for S5 students.

This workshop usually takes place between November and December.

(For Group 1+ and Group 1 schools only)

Location: 
Takes place in your school (may also take place online due to Covid-19)

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)

Location: 
Takes place in your school (may also take place via phone due to Covid-19)

S5 Conference

The S5 Conference is designed to help you take steps towards higher education. It gives you the chance to collect information and advice about future courses (at our exhibition), what you need to get in to college or university (entry requirements), how best to prepare for college and university applications (what you need to do). You can also meet current university students to find out what student life is like, and chat to staff from local universities and colleges who are there to help you!

The S5 Conference is delivered by LEAPS staff, university students and colleagues from partner organisations, higher education institutions and related agencies.

This event usually takes place in spring, however it is unlikely we will be able to offer this strand of our programme in the 2021-2022 school year.

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

Location: 
A university campus in Edinburgh (may also take place online due to Covid-19)

S5 Parents' & Carers' Information Session

Parents and carers of LEAPS-eligible S5 students, if your son or daughter is aiming for higher education at college or university our online LEAPS S5 Parents' & Carers' Information Session is for you. Wherever they plan to apply, these resources will help you to support them to explore their higher education options further.

This event usually takes place in spring.

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

Location: 
A university campus in South East Scotland (may also take place online due to Covid-19)