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. Working with S4 to S6 pupils, the ARC project provides a platform for pupils to explore opportunities in higher education in the following local areas:

  • Argyll and Bute
  • Highlands
  • Eilean Siar (Western Isles)
  • Shetland and Orkney.

ARC members will receive support and guidance throughout the university application process, aiming to give pupils the tools, know-how and confidence to stretch themselves and succeed in higher education.

This support primarily revolves around our residential summer schools here in St Andrews.  At the end of S4, pupils have the opportunity to apply through their school to attend a free four day summer school where they are introduced to a range of different subjects, are encouraged to develop their investigative and analysis skills by completing a group project, and are given the opportunity to network with other pupils from across Scotland.

Pupils are also encouraged to apply to the Sutton Trust summer school programme.