Procedures/Support Structures 2017/18UCAS

S6 Induction

In recent years this has been held at Heriot-Watt University where presentations about applying to university are given, as well as “tasters” of student life.

UCAS Presentation to S6 Assembly

The Careers Adviser gives a comprehensive presentation on applying to university. This is followed up by another presentation which focuses on college applications and applying for jobs. (An Assembly during S5 features former pupils speaking about their experience of going to university.)

Higher Education Conference: September

This conference is advertised to pupils in June and August. Students are encouraged to sign up for the event through PSTs and assemblies

Senior Phase Information Evening: September

A variety of workshops is offered for parents including: a UCAS workshop for parents, the Careers Advisor offering advice about a range of post school options, a workshop from LEAPS and similar widening access to university programmes.


This programme is advertised to eligible students in June and an initial list is compiled. Students are reminded about this in August and the list updated. Students register online and complete a survey which then leads to them having an individual interview to help them with their applications to university. Pre-Application Enquiries (PAEs) are made to participating universities on their behalf.

Pathways to Professions

This programme is run by Edinburgh University for pupils intending applying for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Law and Architecture. This is advertised to S5 pupils (although S4 are also permitted). Various support structures and advice can be accessed.


This programme is run by Edinburgh University for pupils intending applying for Art and Design courses. The Art Department advertise it to appropriate students.

PSE Classes

During classes, students have the opportunity to register with UCAS and to work on their personal statements.

Registering with UCAS – Drop-in sessions

In addition to PSE classes, students are offered drop-in opportunities to register for UCAS with a member of staff present to assist with any questions.

Personal Statement Calendar

Students are informed of the deadlines for drafts of personal statements to be ready. The calendar allows for three drafts. These are quality checked by House Heads and an allocated UCAS mentor.

Supported Study: Personal Statement Writing

Students are offered the opportunity to get additional help with their personal statements from English teachers on Monday or Tuesday after school.


The school’s librarian has a comprehensive range of prospectuses within the Careers Library. There is also a dedicated notice board (located near the entrance of the library) which displays information on applying to university, the dates of Open Days etc


References are written by House Heads who, generally speaking, know the students well and have experience and training in writing references.

Other information

UCASUCAS website

UCAS Parent Guide 2017

 Important information for pupils applying to Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine or Law courses