The pioneering academies project presents senior school pupils from across south east Scotland with outstanding opportunities for skills, educational and career development.

Aligned with the Scottish Government’s growth agenda, the academies help pupils move seamlessly from school to college, university or directly into employment. While in S5 and S6, academy pupils will have the unique opportunity to study at school, college and university.

The academy normally counts as 1-column choice for the students in S5 and S6 as part of their school curriculum. It allows them to experience practical and academic work at college and university, as well as site visits and hands-on practical work experience with industry partners. The focus is on providing excellent learning opportunities for Scotland’s young people, equipping students for real jobs and developing a skilled young workforce which can help raise standards in Scotland’s priority growth areas.

Successful completion of the academy programme will result in pupils gaining a qualification, academic and industry knowledge, practical skills and a competitive advantage in securing certain college and university places.

3 academies exist for senior school pupils across a range of schools in East Lothian, Midlothian, City of Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders:-

  • Creative Industries Academy
  • Health and Social Care Academy
  • Hospitality and Tourism Academy

See below for additional information/entry requirements for individual academies:

The Creative Industries Academy

Students will require English at grade C or above at National 5 and ideally working towards Higher English.

This course may suit you if you are interested in working in the film, media or theatre/performance sectors.

The Health and Social Care Academy

There are no entry requirements for this Academy as it is suitable for those who are looking to work in social and health care settings at a variety of levels.

The Hospitality and Tourism Academy

The dynamic hospitality, tourism and events sector is growing in Scotland and throughout the world, making it the perfect and flexible career choice for many people.

New, 1-year courses available with subjects based around Travel and Tourism or Events options.

You need to be studying a minimum of 1 Higher in any subject to be eligible for this Academy.

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South East Scotland Academies Partnership (SESAP)

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South East Scotland Academies Partnership (SESAP)

0131 474 0000

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