University August 2022 Start - New S6 & New S5 University Applicants
In order to provide the best possible support to all pupils the university application process starts in June every year. Applications have opened and new S6 pupils have been given detailed information on the process through PSE lessons online and Teams. Pupils have been given UCAS registration information and have been asked to sign up if they are even considering applying for university. Applications for the Conservatoire, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Oxford and Cambridge all must be completed and sent by October 2021. The process is time consuming so early preparation allows for the best outcomes. The UCAS website has pupil and parent guides and can be found here. All of our guides and timelines will be uploaded to the SharePoint but pupils already have many of these. Guides on personal statements have been issued through the English Dept also. Any new S5 pupils who wishes to apply for university rather than returning for S6 should contact their House Head to ensure they are fully supported in the process.
Useful application and study information
SAAS - (Students Awards Agency Scotland)
Online workshops - any pupils planning on studying at HNC, HND or Degree level at College or University this year should sign up for one of the workshops. The attached flyer explains what you will need to bring with you to the workshop.
Students can sign up for one of these events here - Scottish Student Funding Application Workshops (eventbrite.co.uk).
LEAPS (Lothian Equal Access Programme) - S5 Parents Information
LEAPS is a widening access programme which offers support to eligible students. JYHS is a Group 2 LEAPS school which means they support students who 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: Full detail and information is available here
In recent years this has been held at Heriot-Watt University who 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.
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.