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LEAPS was created with the aim of encouraging and advising students who are traditionally under-represented in higher education. We support young people in South East Scotland who are considering higher education and currently work in 59 schools with students who match LEAPS eligibility criteria. If you are unsure if you are LEAPS eligible, you can check our criteria here.

We provide impartial advice and guidance about the higher education options available to you after you leave school and we organise events and activities (both in and out of school) to help prepare you for the higher education application process and for the step up to higher education study. Find out more about the activities we offer here.

We are a partnership organisation, which includes all of the higher education institutions in Edinburgh. We are also a genuinely multi-exit programme and we will support you regardless of which higher education institution you hope to apply to. LEAPS-eligible pupils have gone on to study at higher education institutions all over Scotland and beyond.

If you have any questions, please get in touch!

What's coming up?


StartSmart is for LEAPS-eligible students who have submitted a UCAS application. The 2019 programme will run from 8 - 19 July.

Wherever you plan to study for your degree, this two-week programme will help you to prepare for your transition to university. Join our StartSmart community in Edinburgh this July to experience undergraduate-level study, learn key academic skills required at university and meet new friends in a welcoming and supportive environment. Gain confidence and get university ready before you begin!

Find out more and apply here.