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S5 Parents' & Carers' Information Session

About our LEAPS S5 Parents' & Carers' Information Session

Thank you for taking the time to access our online LEAPS S5 Parents’ & Carers’ Information Session (see below).

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. 

You are welcome to watch each of the recordings/presentations in order, as outlined in the Welcome talk, or we have provided time codes with each recording if you are looking for specific information. Please note, this information is valid as of March 2021.

To skip to specific section of our resources, please click on the appropriate link below:


Welcome

Please see below for a short welcome talk (clip length 8 minutes 31 seconds) which introduces the resources you will find below.

You will hear about LEAPS (time code 00:02:40), LEAPS eligibility criteria (00:03:22), how to sign-up for LEAPS updates (time code 00:05:10), the LEAPS S5Hub online blog and updates for students (time code 00:05:30), SAAS and student funding (time code 00:06:00), and how to contact LEAPS (time code 00:07:15).

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

Useful links mentioned in the Welcome Talk:

SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority) Website 

SQA Update Regarding 2021 National Qualifications & Assessment (National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher)

About LEAPS

LEAPS Schools

LEAPS Eligibility

How to contact LEAPS

LEAPS Parents’ & Carers’ Mailing List (parents and carers can sign-up for LEAPS updates)

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

LEAPS S5Hub (our online blog for S5 students)

LEAPS S5Hub Mailing List (students can sign-up for LEAPS updates)

 

SAAS & Student Funding

SAAS - Funding Explained to Parents

 

SAAS - What Funding Can my Child Receive?

 

SAAS - Student Funding in Scotland 2021-2022

Useful  SAAS & Student Funding Resources:

SAAS (Student Awards Agency Scotland) website 

SAAS Eligibility Information 

SAAS Key Facts

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

SAAS Information for Parents & Carers 

SAAS Information for Care Experienced Students

SAAS Information for Estranged Students

SAAS Information for Nursing & Midwifery Students

SAAS Information about Disabled Students' Allowance

SAAS Guidance on other sources of funding

How to contact SAAS 

Student Information Scotland website 

LEAPS Student Finance blog post 

 


LEAPS & the Higher Education Application Process

In our LEAPS presentation (clip length 17 minutes 7 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 00:01:00), LEAPS support, (00:04:05), routes into Higher Education including college pathways (time code 00:06:00), the importance of subject choice (time code 00:08:50), getting started with researching Higher Education areas of interest (time code 00:13:30) and sources of support (time code 00:15:02).

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:

Pathways App (agreed pathways from college to university in South East Scotland)

Routes into Higher Education and College Opportunities video 

LEAPS S5Hub (our online blog for S5 students)

LEAPS S5Hub Mailing List (students can sign-up for LEAPS updates)

LEAPS S6 Blog (our online blog for S6 students)

LEAPS Parents’ & Carers’ Mailing List (parents and carers can sign-up for LEAPS updates)

UCAS Course Search Tool 

UCAS Parents’ Mailing List

LEAPS Blog Post Student Wellbeing

UCAS Advice for Disabled Students (and answers to Disabled Student FAQs)

 


Higher Education Contact List

We highly 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 Higher Education Contact List.

 


The Student View

In The Student View (clip length 25 minutes 11 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 00:01:51), different accommodation types (time code 00:06:15), student support at university (time code 00:11:28), studying during Covid-19 (time code 00:15:07) and social opportunities and making friends at university (time code: 00:20:21).

Useful links mentioned in the Student View:

Scott - staying at home while at university

Morgan - staying at home while at university

Evaluation Survey

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Thank you for taking the time to look over these resources. We hope they were helpful to you.

If you have any queries that we can help you with, please contact us. Please note, the best number to reach us on currently is 07774336333 or you can email us at leaps@ed.ac.uk.

The LEAPS Team