About the Academies

The academies present 15 – 18 year old pupils from secondary schools in South East Scotland with a wealth of skills development and career opportunities. The pioneering Academy model aligns its work with the Scottish Government’s growth agenda, while also helping pupils to move seamlessly from school to either college or university; or if they choose from school, college or university directly into employment.


The academies hit all the marks: they present outstanding learning opportunities for Scotland’s young people, equip students for real jobs and develop a young workforce which will help raise standards in some of Scotland’s key economic priority areas.


Creative Industries students visit Radio Forth

 Industry Partner Involvement – a winning collaboration

Industry Partners

Employers, educationalists, local authorities and governmental bodies have been so inspired by the model that £4.6 million of funding has been granted to develop three new academies in different specialisms. In addition, a major success of the Academy project has been the high-level commitment of industry partners. These specialist partners are instrumental in exposing the young people to the workings of the industry by providing placement opportunities and hands-on practical experience, and offering an insight into specialist fields. For example, in the Hospitality and Tourism Academy, hotel groups such as Novotel, The Point Hotel and the Marriott are helping create a dynamic young workforce which is fit for purpose - a ready-made source of young talent equipped with the right skills and knowledge to hit the ground running when entering the hospitality and tourism industry.

Food Science & Nutrition students take part in a workshop at QMU

 The Academy Programme

The full Academy programme is part-time and delivered over one academic year in S5 or S6. Students can progress to places on related courses at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh College or Borders College. Students can use the transferable skills they have acquired to move to other opportunities.

The student commitment to the Academy is over and above their normal school curriculum. For all of the Academies, classes are delivered at Queen Margaret University and either Edinburgh College or Borders College.

After successful completion of the  Academy programme, students will be presented with a range of excellent opportunities to progress into further or higher education or go directly into employment. Students who successfully complete the Academy will gain a recognised qualification to add to their CV.

As well as a qualification, successful students will have enhanced academic knowledge, practical skills and a competitive advantage in securing a place at college or university. Most importantly, it will provide students with a better chance of getting a job working in an area that is of interest to them.

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