Access scheme marks decade of success

A scheme that has helped thousands of school pupils towards university places is marking 10 years of success.

Our Pathways to the Professions programme provides information and guidance to local pupils who are first in their family to consider university or whose schools are under-represented at university level.

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A helping hand

Would-be students can benefit from guidance and support in applying for degree programmes in law, architecture, medicine or veterinary medicine.

Since 2003, some 680 students have entered the University with Pathways support.

The scheme has given information, advice and guidance to 125 pupils on how to enter medicine at Edinburgh, a further 37 keen to learn about veterinary medicine courses and another 233 pupils interested in studying law.

Architecture has recently been added to the Pathways portfolio.

We are delighted to have given pupils who may not have considered applying to university the chance to aim for careers in medicine, vet medicine, law or architecture. Pathways to the Professions helps many young people achieve their potential and plays an important role in social mobity and widening access to university for talented pupils from all backgrounds.

Kathleen HoodWidening Participation Manager, Student Recruitment and Admissions

Information and support

The University initiative is open to pupils from S4 to S6 at 46 secondary schools across Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Taking part in the scheme gives S4 pupils, their families and advisers support on course choices, parents’ and teachers’ information evenings.

Older pupils in S5 and S6 have access to careers events that provide more information about course choices.

These include support from local firms and professional bodies such as the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh and the Law Society of Scotland.

Extra-curricular options

Pupils also have access to University events relevant to their course choice, such as lectures and seminars.

In some cases, pupils have the chance of boosting their skills with revision support in biology and chemistry and the chance to take part in summer schools.

Mentoring scheme

Pupils who are among the first generation of their family to consider applying to university can enjoy additional support through the Pathways Plus arm of the scheme.

This provides one-to-one guidance in applying to university.

Pupils can also benefit from mentoring from current undergraduates before they apply and after beginning their studies.