Open Days 2021, Leith School of Art

Foundation Course 2022/2023

If any student is thinking of full-time study in the visual arts, then Leith School of Art’s Foundation Course is an excellent starting point.  Unique in Scotland, the course is diagnostic, helping each student find their own direction. Guided by our artist tutors, students build up a specialised portfolio for application to higher education art schools and colleges in the UK and internationally.  With a high staff/student ratio of about 1:15, the course delivers personal, high quality tuition to each student.

Open Days

Our Open Days are a great chance to get firsthand experience of what life in an art school is really like. We are absolutely delighted to resume our in-person Open Days for this academic year.  Our Foundation Course Open Days will be:

Tuesday 26 October – 10am till 3pm

Thursday 18 November – 10am till 3pm

  • See the Foundation Course in action – our October Open Day will see the students working on their Illustration week and our Open Day in November covers our Options week where students have the opportunity to choose a discipline – body adornment, lens based work or mixed media painting
  • Speak with students about their experience on the course so far
  • Option of scheduling one-to-one discussions with a member of the team and have your portfolio reviewed ahead of making an application.
  • Student Registrar & Welfare Officer will also be available to answer any questions regarding the application process, finance and studying and living in Edinburgh

If any students are not able to come on this date please get in touch to arrange an alternative date.


The School offers a Bursary Scheme that is funded by our supporters and a wide range of trusts and foundations.  This allows us to offer financial support to prospective students who would not otherwise be able to study here.  Funding is limited and allocated on a means-tested basis, and is usually up to a maximum of 50% of the course fees.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us

0131 554 5761


Musselburgh Job Fair

There is a Job Fair / Recruitment Open Day taking place in the Fisherrow Centre, Musselburgh on Friday 22nd October from between 10am-1pm.

There are is a wide range of sectors attending this recruitment day, from Engineering firms, childcare, supermarkets, laboratories to admin roles.

To register for the event use the link below

The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh’s Invitation to attend the Schools’ Lecture Series

The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh are delighted to offer another round of the Schools’ Lecture Series. These lectures guide students through the process of applying for medical school and teaches them how to distinguish themselves among other candidates. Information about forthcoming events can be found here


City of Glasgow College – Virtual Clearing day event

City of Glasgow College will host a Virtual Clearing Day event on Thursday 12th August 2021 between 2pm- 6pm.

Registration is now open! To sign up please click here. Alternatively, you can access the registration link from the College website

We have limited spaces on some courses beginning August/September 2021, but the event is equally suitable for next year’s leavers and guidance staff or parents requiring further information.

Attendees can:

  • Chat to lecturers about full-time courses starting in August.
  • Discuss your options if you have not met the conditions of your offer.
  • Chat to our Student Support Team about funding and other support available.

EBSOC Paid Internship – Closing date August 11th

EBSOC are just launching their paid internship (10 months, £17,361 – £17,682 p.a.)

Based at the University of Edinburgh’s Easter Bush Campus, the Roslin Institute are seeking an enthusiastic individual for the first year of a new internship programme to support the setup and delivery of public engagement activities at the Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre (EBSOC). This fixed-term internship would be an ideal opportunity for a school or college leaver who is keen to gain experience in a scientific support role and build their science skills before pursuing higher education or work in science.
Individuals who are offer holders for the University of Edinburgh’s Biological Sciences and Biomedical Sciences degree courses in 2021/22 are encouraged to apply, with offer deferral available to the successful applicant.

More information and to apply ->
Given the location of the job (Easter Bush Campus) it would probably only suit someone living local to Edinburgh/Midlothian.
We realise that the timing is not ideal (closing date August 11th) but our hands were tied with that.


APPRENTICESHIPS: ScotRail is hiring people aged 16 and over for four-year engineering apprenticeship. At the end of the four-year apprenticeship, you will receive a Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering (both mechanical and electrical).

They also offer 18 month Customer Service Apprenticeships. At the end of the apprenticeship, you would achieve a Customer Service SVQ.

Find out more and apply here

May Open Week at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC)

Please see herebelow a list of SRUC Edinburgh virtual open day events coming up at the end of May for pupils interested in further and higher education.

The open day events are course specific and will provide information on course content, career options and entry requirements. We are also hosting an event that will cover student support, funding and accommodation information.

If a pupil would like to attend a virtual open day, please register at By registering, if they are unable to attend the live event then I can send them a recording afterwards.

Brightest Watts Summer Programme at Heriot-Watt University

Designed for those starting S5 in the summer the aim is to provide an insight into what going to university is like and to inspire pupils to think of university as an option for them when they leave school.

Due to the ongoing restrictions we are going online again and have an all new two-week programme of events from Monday 26th July to Friday 6th August. It is based on our residential programme so all the favourites are there, including subject tasters and student life sessions. In addition new sessions will help pupils get a better feel for what university is like and to get them thinking about possible careers. The atmosphere as always will be friendly and supportive and the focus is on meeting new people, including our amazing Brightest Watts student ambassadors, learning new skills and raising confidence levels.

We will provide materials and packs to support the programme. We can also provide laptop loans to anyone who does not have access to a laptop or computer. This would be preferable in most cases to the use of a phone or tablet to make sure they can get the most out of the programme.

In addition to the summer programme we will be running a series of masterclasses throughout the next two years to supplement their development and support them as they decide what to do when they leave school. We also hope to get them on campus when we can.

You can find out more, including how to apply, on our website – Places are limited and although we welcome all applications, we will prioritise pupils from widening participation backgrounds including priority postcodes (MD20), pupils with experience of care, young carers and those from schools with low progression rates to higher education. Applications should be submitted no later than Friday 30th April 2021.

If pupils, or parents and carers have any questions please let me know – just email


Virtual Open Events on April 7th

The Academy of Music and Sound Edinburgh have an upcoming virtual event on Wednesday 7th April at 4pm hosted via Zoom. Information provided during the session will include course content, funding, the application process, and career opportunities within the music industry. It will also provide the opportunity to meet both members of our teaching team and some of our current HNC students via performances and an informal Q&A session.

You can access the open event flyer here which contains an embedded link with more information about how to join in.

M&G 2021 Apprenticeship Programme Applications

We are pleased to announce that applications for the M&G 2021 Apprenticeship Programme are now open!

We have a selection of business and technology roles available across Stirling and Edinburgh.

We recognise that university isn’t for everyone. We need people who are eager to get started and want to do something interesting and exciting.

  • We are looking for enthusiastic, professional, hardworking individuals who are willing to learn and are determined to succeed.
  • Candidates must be 16 years or older with a minimum of 5 National 5 grades A – C including Maths and English (or relevant work experience).
  • Apprentices will follow 12-18 months Apprenticeship Frameworks (joining the business from September).
  • This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to start their professional business career in a thriving financial services industry with multiple benefits including a competitive salary.

Please be advised the closing dates for applications is Friday 16th April 2021. 

For any queries please contact us at apprenticeship@mandg.comW545605 M&GPLC

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