Academies are suitable for S5-S6 pupils who are enthusiastic about improving their opportunities in life and are committed to a 1-2 year programme. Pupils will study both at college and university while still at school and gain relevant work experience opportunities.

A Joint project with Edinburgh College, Queen Margaret University (QMU) and Local Authorities, SESAP Academies provide a smooth transition between school, college, university and employment. Pupils attend college, school and university simultaneously and benefit from enhanced employability through an industry relevant work experience placement.

Successful completion of the Academies provides pupils with direct access to QMU or Edinburgh College and gives a competitive advantage for progression to employment.

Full details of qualifications, entry level requirements, campus and study patterns are detailed in our College Courses for Senior Phase Pupils Brochure  

The Health & Social Care Academy provides an opportunity to achieve a relevant qualification in Health & Social Care. It will allow pupils to develop skills ready for entry to college, university or employment. For further information e-mail Julie Caulfield


The Creative Industries Academy provides an opportunity to discover the range of skills required to work in the dynamic creative industries sector, in particular, media and film or acting and performance. This course is suitable for pupils with an interest in working in the media, film industry or the performing arts sector. For further information e-mail Sandra Grieve


The Hospitality & Tourism Academy provides an opportunity to discover the range of skills required to work in the dynamic hospitality, tourism & events sectors and is suitable for pupils interested in working with people and studying business management or hospitality at school. For further information e-mail Jennifer Bingham


Academy students attend college weekly Tuesdays and Thursdays 2-5pm and QMU for 4 Friday sessions from 2-5 pm in August, October, March & June. Travel will be arranged by the Local Authority through the school.

More information on SESAP Academies can be accessed at 

Edinburgh College Engineering Academy

HNC in Engineering Systems with Renewables – SCQF Level 7

A joint project with Edinburgh College and Edinburgh Napier University, the Engineering Academy provides an opportunity to build knowledge and practical skill alongside academic study. Applicants should be working towards a minimum of 3 Highers (one of which will be science based and the remainder will include Maths and English). Highers must be achieved by 6th year. This along with two years of College to complete an HNC will provide direct access to year two of the BEng Energy and Environmental Engineering course at Napier University. 

To apply please download an SCP application form and contact your guidance teacher who will support you through your application.

For further information contact:

East Lothian Construction Academy

Construction Crafts Skills for work – SCQF Level 4

The Construction Skills Academy is a new partnership between East Lothian Council, Edinburgh College and Morrison Construction. The Academy is based in the East Lothian Construction & Technology Centre in Musselburgh and is open to pupils from East Lothian. This is a vocational course offering employability skills required for success in the workplace and offers a variety of practical experience linked to construction. There are no formal entry requirements but a referral from school is required. 

To apply please download an SCP application form and contact your guidance teacher who will support you through your application. ​

For further information contact: 

Academy/FA SCQF Level College University Work Experience Placement
SESAP Health and Social Care Academy5/6Edinburgh CollegeQMUYes
SESAP Creative Industries Academy
6Edinburgh CollegeQMUYes
SESAP Hospitality & Tourism Academy6Edinburgh CollegeQMUYes
Edinburgh College Engineering Academy7Edinburgh CollegeEdinburgh NapierNo
East Lothian Construction Academy4East Lothian Construction & Technology CentreNoNo
Foundation Apprenticeship6Edinburgh CollegeNoYes

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