Widening Participation

ACES Eligibility and Registration

Find out about ACES eligibility and register here

Register for ACES online here!

ACES works with S4, S5 and S6 pupils in state schools of lower than average progression to Higher Education, who are interested in pursuing courses in art / design.

You can register for ACES if you attend one of the following schools in Edinburgh, the Lothians, the Scottish Borders or Forth Valley and you are interested in possibly applying to courses in art / design at university.

Our target schools are those with a three year average of less than 35% of pupils going straight on to higher education, which is consistent with all ACES providers in Scotland. Please note that target schools are likely to be reviewed on a 3-yearly basis with the next review therefore due in early 2021.

City of Edinburgh

  • Broughton High School
  • Castlebrae Community High School
  • Craigroyston Community High School
  • Drummond High Schoool
  • Forrester High School
  • Gracemount High School
  • Holy Rood RC High School
  • Leith Academy
  • Liberton High School
  • St Augustine's RC High School
  • Trinity Academy
  • Tynecastle High School
  • Wester Hailes Education Centre

East Lothian

  • Musselburgh Grammar School
  • Preston Lodge High School
  • Ross High School


  • Beeslack High School
  • Dalkeith High School
  • Lasswade High School Centre
  • Newbattle High School
  • St David's RC High School

West Lothian

  • Armadale Academy
  • Bathgate Academy
  • Deans Community High School
  • Inveralmond Community High School
  • Whitburn Academy

Scottish Borders

  • Eyemouth High School
  • Galashiels Academy
  • Hawick High School
  • Jedburgh Grammar School


  • Alloa Academy
  • Alva Academy
  • Lornshill Academy


  • Bo'ness Academy
  • Braes High School
  • Denny High School
  • Falkirk High School
  • Graeme High School
  • Grangemouth High School


  • Bannockburn High School
  • Wallace High School

Students who attend a state school from any of the areas above which is not our target list may still be eligible to be involved, if they fulfil either of the criteria below:

- you are care experienced

- you are a Young Carer

- you live in a postcode area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20) or 40% (SIMD40)

To check if you are eligible, please contact ACES - details below.

Register for ACES online here!

ACES (Edinburgh)

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