This section of the website is dedicated to the parents and carers of LIFT OFF Core Pupils. Here you will find a range of FAQs and links to important information to help support your young person on their journey to their next destinations after school.

If you want to find out more about what LIFT OFF has to offer, we have created a helpful overview of the programme. Check it our here.

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The pupils are identified by the teachers in the school and referred to the programme using a range of criteria. First and foremost, though, is the academic ability to achieve the required grades to move into a Higher Education destination after school i.e. college or university. The full pupil selection criteria can be viewed on the communications page.

The LIFT OFF programme is fully funded by the SFC so there are no associated costs to parents and carers for any of the activities that we offer to our pupils. This includes our summer residential LIFT OFF 2 Success (LO2S).

LIFT OFF are not just here to support the pupils into their destinations after school, but also their families and support system. We offer opportunities and information sessions throughout the duration of the programme which parents and carers are notified of directly. Alongside this, we are more than happy to facilitate questions from parents and carers at any point in the programme. Just contact us!

LIFT OFF strive to offer support to all pupils that qualify to join the programme. This includes supporting young people with any ASN and delivering an equal and inclusive programme across the board.

They can! LIFT OFF offers pupils in S5 the opportunity to gain a credit-rated qualification (3 points) at the same academic SCQF level as a Higher. LIFT OFF Learning skills or “LOLS” for short, is designed to equip pupils with the skills required to succeed in HE, such as critical thinking and presentation skills. Successful completion of the course will allow pupils to add this qualification to their college and university (UCAS) applications when the time comes.

External Information

The National Parent Forum Scotland (NPFS) works in partnership with national and local government and other organisations involved in education and child wellbeing issues to ensure that parents play a full and equal role in education. The overall aim is to help every child to maximise their potential through their school life.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service whose main role is to facilitate applications to universities in the UK. Services provided by UCAS include several online application portals, a number of search tools and free information and advice directed at various audiences, including students considering Higher Education, students with pending applications to Higher Education institutes, parents and legal guardians of applicants, school and Further Education college staff involved in helping students apply, and providers of Higher Education (universities and HE colleges).

The Student Awards Agency Scotland site, giving information on student finance and access to apply for fees, loans and bursaries.

Parent Testimonials

What a super opportunity for our young people! My niece now has a much better idea of what course and university she would like to study at.
Thank you for giving my daughter this opportunity. She has thoroughly enjoyed herself and made lots of new friends!