LEAPS is a widening participation programme which aims to encourage and advise students who are traditionally under-represented in higher education. They support young people in South East Scotland, raising aspirations and providing impartial advice about higher education, supporting pupils who match LEAPS eligibility criteria.

To qualify, you must have the potential to achieve a minimum of 3 highers by the time they finish school and match one or more of the following LEAPS eligibility criteria:

  • student who is first generation in family to apply to higher education or whose parents do not already have a degree. This includes students whose parents may have briefly participated in higher education but did not achieve a degree. (Please note that a student whose parent/guardian/carer has achieved any degree ­– irrespective of mode of study, type of institution, location of study – would not be LEAPS eligible under this criterion.)

  • student from a low income background (for instance where a student is entitled to EMA, free meals in school, or where the family is entitled to a benefit such as Universal Credit).

  • student who has spent time in care or being looked after or who is estranged.

  • student who is a young carer - by this we mean a young person who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.

  • student who lives in one of Scotland’s 20% most disadvantaged communities as defined by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD20). Please check your postcode here.

Speak to Mr Hamilton if you are thinking of applying to university and meet the LEAPS eligibility criteria.