Higher Education

Almost all of our pupils go on to higher education after school, with a significant number taking gap years. You can see our recent leavers' destinations here:

Leavers' Destinations 2018  

Leavers' Destinations 2017   

Leavers' Destinations 2016    


All Dollar pupils are assigned a UCAS Adviser who will see them through the application process, from first discussions about course choices to the final production of the reference and application form.

Pupils applying for subject areas such as medicine, law, art, dentistry or veterinary science are assigned to specialist advisers; those applying to Oxford or Cambridge will likewise receive particular guidance.  Pupils are provided with tuition to prepare them for the UKCAT, BMAT and LNAT aptitude tests and are given the opportunity for practice interviews, if required.

Information for UCAS Applicants

We have the following resources available for pupils intending to make a UCAS application:


March/April:  Pupils interested in applying to Oxford or Cambridge are invited to attend a conference with university liaison staff and current students for information about specific institutions and the application process.

June:  Our first UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service) evening takes place in June for Form V pupils and their parents to meet representatives from a range of universities and gather material and advice on their application process.

Early August:  In the days following the release of the examination results, UCAS staff are in school to help pupils and parents with enquiries relating to university applications.  Those whose results have failed to meet entrance requirements, for example, or those who have had a change of heart on receipt of unexpected exam results, will receive guidance as to their options.

September:  We run a second UCAS evening for Form VI which focuses on the application process with guests from major Scottish universities giving insights into their student admissions and recruitment process.  September is the time that our Form VI pupils are launched into the process of application and that Former Pupils, already at university requiring course or institution changes, or those who have been on a gap year, are supported in making new applications.