Access for Rural Communities

Access for Rural Communities 

Access for Rural Communities (ARC) is a pioneering project aimed at supporting and enabling young learners on their journey into university. The ARC project provides online opportunities for S4 to S6 pupils to explore higher education via weekly tutoring sessions, information and guidance sessions, and subject taster sessions. Learners on the ARC programme will be eligible to apply for the S4 Summer School. 

S4 Summer School 

Applications are welcome from S4 pupils who will progress to S5 after the summer break. This year the S4 Summer School will be held from Thursday 30 May to Sunday 2 June 2024. Please apply below for the Summer School.

In previous years, the University of St Andrews has covered the cost of transport, accommodation, and meals over the course of four days and three nights.  

The summer school is an opportunity to explore subjects offered at the University of St Andrews and to network with other learners from rural communities across Scotland. 

S5 Summer School 

S5 pupils are encouraged to apply to the Sutton Trust summer schoolprogramme.  

Register for the ARC programme 

Rural learners interested in applying to take part in the ARC programme are invited to contact us at

Similarly, please get in touch with us to arrange in person visits or online sessions for your school. 

Apply now for the S4 ARC summer school from Thursday 30 May to Sunday 2 June 2024.

Applications close on Wednesday 10 April 2024.


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