The LEAPS S5 Conference takes place on Wednesday 23 March.

If you are in S5 and aiming for university or college, this event is for you. The Conference will provide you with information and advice to help you make the right decisions about your future studies.

We have scheduled the Conference to take place in March so that the information you collect will help you with S6 subject selection, as well as the early planning you might need to undertake ahead of making a college or university application. Registration will open at 17.00 with the event formally commencing at 17.30. The event will end at 20.00. As this is an evening event, some refreshments will be provided.

The Conference will be made up of a series of valuable presentations and workshops, as well as the chance to speak with higher education staff and students.


Workshop: Strategies for selecting your course and making an effective application
In this workshop we’ll encourage you to think about how to devise a strategy for choosing your ideal course and place of study. We’ll also look at the types of extra-curricular or work-based experiences that will help to strengthen your application.

Higher Education Exhibition
You’ll have the opportunity to put questions directly to representatives from local higher education institutions. You’ll also be able to collect prospectuses and other valuable information.

Speaking informally to university students
Undergraduate students from a range of institutions and subject areas will be on hand to talk with you about their experiences of applying to, and then studying at university.
We will be updating this page in the run up to the event in March – inc. travel information – please check back regularly or follow us.

The Conference will take place at Appleton Tower at The University of Edinburgh’s Central Campus.

When you book your place, you can also register for free return coach travel to the event from locations outside Edinburgh. You will only be allowed access to the coaches if you book a place at the event. Information and times are further down the page (times are approximate at present). There will be a member of the LEAPS team on each coach.

To book a place on the S5 Conference, please click HERE.


If you are a parent of a child who is thinking of applying to University during the next academic session (2016-2017) for entry to University in 2017, LEAPS are running a Parents’ Information Evening on Tuesday 22nd March at the Cottrell Building, University of Stirling, Stirling from 19.00 to 21.00.

Through talks and a higher education exhibition, information and guidance will be provided on how to best support a student planning on applying to higher education in S6. This will include how to use resources on higher education, how the application systems work, financial support information and helping a student make the best choices for applications.

Students are very welcome to attend alongside parents, carers and guardians, however there is an S5 Conference on the 23rd March that we would encourage all eligible S5 students to attend where lots of information will be provided about applying to higher education in S6.

The programme will include a range of talks on subjects like:
Making choices in higher education
Student funding
Routes into higher education – college and university options
Student life
How does LEAPS support students?

The programme will also include a higher education exhibition, where you will have the opportunity to talk to representatives from our partner institutions as well as other higher education providers.

If you would like to register to attend this event please click HERE.