Pre-University (S5/S6)

Pre-University (S5/S6)

Completed Application Forms for Session 2019/20 should be submitted no later than 16 November 2018.

At Watson’s we are proud of the exceptionally broad range of certificate courses we offer. Uniquely for a school in Scotland, we can offer pupils entering S5 the choice between SQA Qualifications (Highers and Advanced Highers) and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme*.

This means that we can cater for the needs of a wide range of pupils, whether they see their futures in Scotland or whether they are one of the increasing number of pupils who expect their university and professional careers to take them around the world. We offer the opportunity for pupils from outside Edinburgh to attend Watson’s in the Fifth and Sixth Year on a ‘Homestay’ basis.

Opportunities such as the International Baccalaureate and the Festival of Ideas, a month-long exploration of a moral or philosophical theme with lectures and seminars led by staff members and prominent guest speakers, are amongst the many ways in which we support and encourage pupils to develop their intellectual skills and interests and make themselves attractive candidates to some of the world’s most prestigious universities.

Online Application Form*
*This application form can be used for sessions beyond 2019/20. Please note that a non-refundable registration fee of £40 must be submitted with the completed application.


Entry to the S5/S6 involves an assessment. This process provides a valuable opportunity for both the School and the parents to ensure that pupils are placed in an environment which is suited to their own set of abilities and needs.

Each application is carefully considered on an individual basis, taking into account our observations when meeting the child, the outcome of the assessment and reference from her/his current school, where appropriate.

Assessments will take place by arrangement with the Admissions Registrar.

Offers of Places

Offers of places for Session 2019/20 will be posted in February 2019.

On acceptance of a place, there will be a non-refundable acceptance fee of £250.

Finding Out More

Parents who would like to find out more about any aspect of entry to S5 or S6 are invited to our Open Morning. Parents are also very welcome at other times, should you prefer to arrange an individual visit. Please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Registrar or call on 0131 446 6005.

* Please note that during Session 2018/19 the IB Diploma Programme is ‘on pause’. If you are interested in commencing the Programme in Session 2019/20, please let us know.