Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

Lothians Equal Access Programme for Schools (LEAPS)

Lothians Equal Access Programme for Schools (LEAPS) is a local outreach programme that aims to aims to raise awareness of opportunities in higher education and increase the number of students going to college or university.

What's involved?

Activities and advice

Through LEAPS, the University of Edinburgh will give you opportunities to meet our students, learn from our staff, visit our campuses, and gain advice and guidance from us through every step of your learner journey from S3 onwards.

Activities include:

  • introductory sessions that explain higher education
  • workshops on choosing your subjects
  • workshops on managing your finances as a university student
  • information evenings for parents and carers
  • one-to-one pre-application advice
  • post-application advice sessions

In S6, the LEAPS programme joins with the Access to the Professions programme to offer more guidance on applications and admissions.

Access to the Professions

Widening access offers

If you take part in LEAPS you may be eligible to receive a widening access offer. This means that we could make you an offer at our minimum entry requirements.

Widening access offers

Accommodation guarantee

LEAPS also means that we can guarantee student accommodation for you in your first year of study if you:

  • live outside the City of Edinburgh, or
  • live inside the City of Edinburgh and you attend a LEAPS Group 1 school

Can I join?

You can check if your school is eligible for LEAPS by visiting the website: 

LEAPS website: eligibility

Your school will have a LEAPS link teacher (usually a guidance teacher) who will be able to answer any questions you have about the activities that are available at your school. 

Any questions? Contact us

Lesley Stokes

Widening Participation Manager

  • Student Recruitment and Admissions

Contact details

If you are unsure whether you or your school is eligible for LEAPS you can contact LEAPS directly.


Contact details