Welcome to the S5 Resource page! We’ve got lots of information and resources to support you with choosing your Higher Education and post school goals. 

We will discuss your goals with you individually, either in school or via a phone call. If you have any questions, head to the bottom of the page for our contact details.

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Exploring your options

Is there a subject you are interested in studying further? Or do you have a career goal in mind and will need certain qualifications to reach it?

Have a look at the UCAS Subject Guide for more details on subject areas.

The My World of Work Career Explorer, Planitplus Career Areas and Prospects Career Profiles are all great places to explore various careers to see if they are for you. My WoW includes a helpful guide to typical qualifications needed for each career.

What level course?

The SCQF framework allows you to compare qualification levels and plan your own ‘learner journey’ for Higher Education. Have a look at the introductory video and some example learner journeys and use the Interactive Framework and Case Studies to find out more.


Articulation is a pathway between full time HN courses at college such as an HNC or HND, into a degree at university. The pathway will have been formally identified and agreed between the college and the university.  It’s based on the fact that HNCs and HNDs are at SCQF Levels 7 and 8, the same as years 1 and 2 of a degree.

This means that you could potentially get direct entry into year 2 of university with an HNC, or direct entry into year 3 at university with an HND.

Find out more about Articulation and the different routes and courses on offer below:

Find Your Campus

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Introduction to Find Your Campus

This video is an introduction to the Find Your Campus Resource created collaboratively by SHEP programmes LIFT OFF and Aspire North.

Scroll down to use the resource.

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Click on the icons to find out about the Higher Education institutions across Scotland.  

Open Days

Register for Open Days (virtual or in person) and keep an eye out for any course or career-specific events at places you like the look of. Many places have email lists that you can sign up to and you’ll be alerted to upcoming events.

Making the most of Open Days

Have questions ready before you go and make sure you ask them!

Making the most of Open Days

Have a look at My WoW's advice on making the most of Open Days or virtual events.
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Achieving your S5 goals

We’ve shared some tips and resources for building your study skills.

Time Management

If you’re finding managing your time difficult don’t worry – this skill can be learnt! Try starting with the three ‘Ps’ method: prioritise, plan and persist.

Bear in mind that you may have to say ‘no’ to friends and family and/or cut down on your hobbies for a short time to achieve your goals. If you struggle to prioritise, try sorting all your activities using this ‘priority matrix’ and use it for planning. (Note you might not have anything to put in the ‘not important/urgent box!).

Text reads: Important & Urgent, Now, E.g. An essay with a deadline; Important but not urgent, Later, e.g spending time with friends; Not important & not urgent, Reduce, E.g updating your pet's instagram; Not important but urgent, avoid, E.g notifications on your phone.

Planning will help you strike a good balance between studying and your free time. It’s important to continue doing things you enjoy, but plan to study first and your free time will feel even more rewarding!

Make study schedules and stick to them! Putting things off can make things more stressful.

Exams and revision

There are loads of different methods of revision, from making mind maps and colourful notes, to flash cards and doing past papers. Everyone develops their own methods, so take the time to work out what suits you and don’t worry that other people might be doing something different.

Self-confidence and resilience

Be kind to yourself and keep making time to do things you enjoy. If you are struggling, reach out for support.

Focus on your goals

It’s inevitable that you’ll enjoy some subjects more than others. Make the most of the ones you find fun. For those that are harder, try reminding yourself why you need that subject – what is your end goal?

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Study Skills

Make the most of any in-school support such as revision sessions and study clubs, or organise your own!

Study Support

Sign up for e-Sgoil's Study Support webinars, or view their recorded ones.
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Thinking ahead to applications

artoon person with speech bubble, text reads: Both of these resources are applicable to all H.E courses. Reflection is a KEY SKILL that can be included on your personal statement!Even if you’re not planning to apply for courses soon, it’s still worth getting into the mindset of effective reflection.

This will allow you to make the most of your experiences and give you something to build on for writing personal statements or job applications.

Remember it’s not just about ‘what went wrong’ – you can learn from successes too!

This reflection toolkit from the University of Edinburgh has lots of different methods. It’s a key skill for Medical Professionals, as shown in this article by the General Medical Council, but the principles can be applied to all subjects.

Keep a note of skills and experiences so that they are all in one place and easy to draw on later. Try the UCAS Personal Statement Builder, add things into your MyWoW account, or just use old-fashioned pen and paper!

Struggling to think of skills? Skills Development Scotland have come up with a list of Meta-Skills that they think will be needed for future jobs.

Meta-skills: Self Management- Focusing, Integrity, Adapting, Initiative. Social Intelligence- Communication, Feeling, Collaborating, Leading. Innovation- Curiosity, Sense Making, Creativity, Critical thinking.


Read up on any extra steps that you might need to complete as part of your application. Examples include portfolios of work for Art & Design courses, interviews for some college courses as well as Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry and Teaching, and auditions for performance-based courses. They are often quite specific to individual institutions so look on their websites for more information and if you are sent any information, read it through carefully. Take note of any deadlines and try to be well-prepared!

Have a look at the UCAS Conservatoire’s audition advice leaflet. It’s focussed on auditions for Conservatoires, but the advice is relevant to other auditions too!

UCAS and My WoW have good advice on preparing for interviews (university and college interviews respectively).

Look ahead to the subjects and grades that you’ll need for courses that you’re interested in. You can use this knowledge to set yourself goals and to work out if you should to stay for S6 and what to choose.

Be aware that universities recognise that your grades can be influenced by a range of factors. To make the admissions process fairer, they use ‘contextual admissions’. They take into account certain challenges that you may have faced, and may offer reduced entry requirements or give further consideration to your application.

Factors include things like attending a school where not many students go on to university, if you are a refugee or asylum seeker, if you are care experienced, have caring responsibilities, or are estranged. Different institutions use different factors, so make sure you check. Look for information about ‘widening access’ or ‘widening participation’ on university websites.

Subject-specific Projects

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Reach supports pupils interested in Medicine, Dentistry, Law, Economics & Psychology. 

Interested in Art, Design or  Architecture?  Check out ACES!


The ICAS Foundation is for students applying for Accounting or Finance.

RCS Transitions supports pupils interested in careers in music, acting, filmmaking, dance or production.

Not eligible for Reach or ACES? Have a look at our guides for advice.


Young Carers
Support for pupils with caring responsibilities.
Scottish Government support
Care Experienced pupils
Support for Care Experienced pupils who are interested in Higher Education.
Estranged Pupils
Support for pupils who are estranged from their families and interested in Higher Education.
Stand Alone website
Additional Support Needs
Support for pupils with additonal support needs.
My WoW information

Contact Us

As much information as this resource contains, we know sometimes you have specific questions that you would like to ask. The LIFT OFF team are here to help and would love to hear from you! 

You can also arrange a meeting to chat with one of the LIFT OFF team. Meetings can be on the phone, in school, or online. Just use the contact form to arrange a meeting. 

Our fantastic student volunteers not only help out at events but they are also on hand to answer any questions you might have about life in Higher education.

Get in touch with one of the LIFT OFF Student Volunteers to ask your questions. 

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