Insight to GSK – 26th November, 5pm – 6pm

GSK one of the worlds largest pharmaceutical companies are putting on a very exclusive webinar for school students looking to get into a STEM related career. The webinar is taking place on the 26th November, 5pm – 6pm and is open to all students across the UK who would like to find a bit more about what a career at GSK could look like.


GSK Webinar Details: 

  • Insight to GSK – 26th November, 5pm – 6pm
  • GSK are a £34 billion global pharmaceutical company
  • GSK have been behind some of the trials and testing for the Covid Vaccine
  • Hear from some of their scientists, recruitment teams and current graduates / apprentices
  • Opportunities to work at GSK and work experience summer placements
  • We are encouraging you to bring your parents along to this webinar


Registration Link:

City of Glasgow College Virtual Clearing Day – Monday 10th August 2020

City of Glasgow College will host a virtual event on Monday 10th August 2020 between 12 and 2pm and/or 4pm and 6pm.

We still have limited availability for some courses beginning August/September 2020 but the event is equally suitable for next year’s leavers and guidance staff/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.

Please pass on this information to your pupils and keep an eye on our website for registration to open.  We hope this will be within the next week.

University of Glasgow: Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine Admissions & UCAT Update 2021

We appreciate that students applying for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine for 2021 entry are now beginning work on their UCAS applications in time for the 15 October application deadline. Given the current situation we know applicants have some concerns around admissions tests, work experience, grades and more, and as such we wanted to give you a University of Glasgow 2021 Admissions Update for Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine and UCAT– please see below.

Medicine (MBChB)

Our Medicine course at the University of Glasgow is a fully professional 5-year degree, which will allow students to become a Medical Doctor. The Medicine degree at Glasgow utilises a mixture of teaching styles and methods within a spiral curriculum, and includes clinical skills and experience throughout. The University of Glasgow Medical School is one of the largest in the UK and is ranked 1st in the UK (The Complete University Guide 2021).

Medical School Admissions information and FAQs:

UCAT information: please see below under ‘UCAT’

Work Experience statement, 2021 entry: We appreciate that work experience can be difficult to arrange, especially for high school students, but please note that work experience in a medical setting is not a necessary precursor to studying medicine at Glasgow.  We would expect that applicants would have at least spoken to a doctor about a career in medicine – but that could be their own GP for example – and have researched the career path via the careers office as a starting point.  An awareness of current issues facing the medical profession and the NHS is also expected, which can be obtained from newspapers, medical journals and the internet.  Many applicants do demonstrate an interest in caring for others through voluntary work in a medical setting, such as a care home or hospice, but such experience could be equally well demonstrated by involvement in mentoring younger students, brownies/guides, working in a charity shop or involvement in local community initiatives such as foodbanks or helping the homeless for example.


Dentistry BDS

Our Dentistry degree is a fully professional 5-year programme, which will allow students to become practising dentists and is ranked 1st in the UK (The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide AND The Complete University Guide 2021). The degree is taught at the Glasgow Dental Hospital & School in the city centre, 1 mile from campus, providing integrated teaching & learning with clinical skills in a professional and interactive environment.

Dental School & Dentistry Admissions information:

Dentistry Person Specification for applicants:

UCAT information: please see below under ‘UCAT’
Work Experience statement, 2021 entry: For entry in September 2021 we are not asking applicants to carry out work shadowing.  In an effort to keep things as straightforward as possible whilst there is so much uncertainty around, we will not be replacing this with any additional requirements. We do realise that this will mean a huge change to personal statements, particularly with the cancellation of many other extra-curricular activities, our BDS person specification contains a list of the attributes we look for at interview and we do hope that the majority of applicants will have alternative experiences, out with a dental environment that they can draw on to demonstrate these attributes.  We would also recommend that applicants take a look at our Be a Dentist app, which is available for iPhone and Android which contains some excellent videos from dentists in a variety of career tracks to gain some additional information on the profession. The Dental Schools Council has also published information on the ways applicants can learn about what a career in Dentistry will involve.


Veterinary Medicine BVMS

Our Veterinary Medicine & Surgery degree is also ranked 1st in the UK (The Complete University Guide 2021) and is one of only six Vet Schools in Europe accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, meaning our graduates can practice in multiple countries as well as the UK. A fully professional 5-year degree, we have full range of dedicated teaching, clinical and animal facilities at our Vet School (which is located at our Garscube campus, 3 miles from our main campus) and beyond.  The degree includes clinical skills and experience alongside interactive animal handling and care.

Veterinary Medicine Admissions information:

Veterinary Medicine information in relation to Covid-19:
Work Experience statement, 2021 entry: We are aware that some applicants may currently be unable to complete work experience due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, we are therefore going to REDUCE our requirement for 6 weeks work experience. We would like applicants to have at least ONE week with a veterinary surgeon.  The COVID-19 situation is continually evolving and when the picture becomes clearer, we will publish further guidelines relating to work experience and any other changes to our admissions process for applicants in 2020 for entry in 2021.  We will update our web page regularly. Applicants are also advised to conduct their own online research into areas where they have been unable to gain practical experience to boost their knowledge and understanding of the veterinary profession.


UCAT Information

Glasgow ask for the UCAT test as part of the admissions process for both Medicine and Dentistry.
UCAT have now provided an update for the test in 2020 (for 2021 entry). One of the key changes is that students will be able to sit the UCAT test from home or at a Pearson VUE test Centre.  There are no changes to the test content and the test will be the same regardless of whether it is taken at home or at a test centre.  Registration for UCAT opens on 1st July 2020, and students are encouraged to book their test as soon as possible. Testing will take place between 3 August – 1 October 2020.

UCAT resources:

Important Information Leaflet:

UCAT Preparation Plan video:


Upcoming events and resources:

  • UCAS Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine virtual event
  • Thursday 23 July, each university will have their own availability between 7am – 11pm.

University of Glasgow Virtual Open Days & Events:



M&G 2020 Apprenticeship Programme

M&G 2020 Apprenticeship Programme is open – click M&G plc Apprenticeship Ad (Scotland) to view the roles available.

Applications will close in the last week in April.

They are going to run two live online coaching sessions, exclusive to Scottish candidates – next Wed (15 April) and Fri (17 April). You will have to register via Eventbrite and then join us online via mobile or laptops (we will use audio and video facility to connect).  We will provide an overview for each of the advertised roles, explain the recruitment process and provide practical hints and tips that will help you through the process. The session will also give you the opportunity to ask us any questions you may have about the programme, roles or recruitment process.  We ran a pilot session in England and we received excellent feedback so we hope that you will take this opportunity well.

Wed 15th April

Fri 17th April

Gateway to Medicine 2020 entry

There is an opportunity for students who have completed S5 and just missed out on the grades required to study Medicine at first year undergraduate level.

The Gateway year is an alternative to S6. Pupils who pass the year at an appropriate level and meet the requirements for progression will transfer onto our traditional 6-year A100 Medicine degree programme.

The purpose of the Gateway to Medicine programme is to promote the uptake of higher education, specifically among those groups that are traditionally under-represented at University. Therefore, students will need to meet some of our Widening Participation criteria – this can be individually checked using our Academic Entry Qualification Indicator:

More information about the Gateway to Medicine programme can found through the document below and also online on the University of St Andrews website: 

Please note, applications are to be made by emailing and not via the UCAS application process. Additionally, any queries can also be sent to this address

Sutton Trust Summer School 28 June to 3 July 2020

The Sutton Trust Summer School at the University of St Andrews is held each year in order to give pupils in S5 the chance to experience a week in the life of a university student. It has been proven that this experience, aimed at pupils who fulfil most of the criteria set out in the information material, is of great benefit when applying to competitive universities.

The residential week includes study within academic areas of interest, social activities and advice on UCAS related topics. The week is free of charge and pupils are only required to bring spending money for their personal use.

Applications are now open, and I would encourage your pupils to apply early. Applications close on 3 March 2020.

Further information can be found online at:

If you have any questions about the Sutton Trust Summer School, please do not hesitate to contact us by email or by calling 01334 462315.

Foundation Apprenticeships

East Lothian Works’ Foundation Apprenticeship leaflet for 2020-2022 has been released! This leaflet displays the frameworks on offer for students, and identifies the pathways available for young Foundation Apprenticeship pupils. This year’s leaflet is particularly special as it features some of our current Foundation Apprenticeship students either at their workplace, or in the classroom. East Lothian Works would like to extend a huge thank you to these young people for being a part of this leaflet.

Foundation Apprenticeships are fantastic opportunities to gain knowledge in a certain subject while also gaining invaluable work experience. This provides students with a competitive edge when applying for jobs, Modern/Graduate Apprenticeships, Universities, and/or Colleges. They also boost confidence, self-esteem, and can provide pupils with a clear sense of direction once they leave school.

Foundation Apprenticeships are available to Senior Phase students. If you are interested in doing a Foundation Apprenticeship please speak to your Guidance Teacher.

Engineering the Future for Girls (S3 Girls)

Engineering the Future for Girls

Monday 8 – Friday 12 June 2020                                                  

Please see below leaflet describing Strathclyde University’s 1-week Summer School for S3 girls (entering S4 in June). Engineering the Future for Girls is being delivered in collaboration with BP and BAM Nuttall and is designed to engage girls in a wide range of engineering challenges that will inspire them to become the next generation of engineers. The summer school is fully-funded by BP and BAM Nuttall and all student costs, including a contribution towards travel, will be covered. Strathclyde will accept applications from girls with any range of subject choices at National 5. The summer school is non-residential and therefore pupils should be able to make their way each day to the Strathclyde University Campus in the heart of Glasgow City Centre. Teachers are not required to accompany pupils during the week. For the pupils’ convenience, we have arranged for Mentors to accompany pupils from and to Queen Street train station, Glasgow Central train station and Buchanan Bus Station at the start and end of each day.

Pupils should apply using the online application form available on our website:

The deadline for applications is Monday 25 November 2019 and pupils will be sent a confirmation email upon receipt of their application. The selection panel will meet in January 2020 and all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by Friday 31 January 2020.

In the application form, pupils are asked to supply the name and contact details for a teacher who can provide a statement in support of their application. Teachers will receive an automated email which will include a designated link to the online application in order to submit their statement. We ask that teacher statements are submitted online by Friday 6 December 2019, in order for the application to be considered.

If you would like any further information on the Summer School, please email: