Downloadable guides

We have created a number of free booklets providing information for disabled people and their families/carers as well as for professionals, related to post-school learning. Our booklets explain what the options are for learning after school – from community learning, further education at college and going to university, to paid internships and training for work. They also cover what support you can expect to receive, what funding is available and what your rights are as a disabled person within educational settings in Scotland.

All Lead Scotland information booklets are available in large print, electronic and Easy Read formats on request.

DSA Factsheet – This factsheet explains how to apply for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA). DSA is available from the Student Awards Agency Scotland if you live in Scotland and are studying at HNC level or above.

Local Area Guides – Transitions – these handbooks were produced as part of the Contact Transitions project and contain useful information and listings about local services and education/training opportunities as well as information and advice related to post-school transitions

List of Charitable Trusts providing Educational Grants for Individuals 

Supporting You at College – describes the support available at college, who pays for it and how to arrange it.

Supporting you at University – describes the support available at university, who pays for it and how to arrange it.

Arranging Support Workers in Higher Education – information about arranging and recruiting educational support workers.

Post School Learning Choices in Scotland – describes the different learning options after school including community learning, training and further education at college. Also covers educational support, funding and benefits for disabled learners and carers.

Higher Education in Scotland – explains the higher education system in Scotland from HNC to postgraduate level with information about applying, funding and support.

The Equality Act in Post School Learning – explains your legal rights and entitlements as a disabled learner.

Child Poverty Action Group Student & Benefit Fact sheets:

Employment Support Allowance and Studying – This factsheet provides information about employment and support allowance as it applies to students.

Benefits and tax credits for European students – Outlining the main restrictions and potential eligibility for benefits/tax credits for students from a member state of the European Economic Area (EEA); relevant UK wide.

Universal credit and students – This factsheet explains the rules for students claiming universal credit in Scotland.

Students and tax credits – This factsheet explains how students can claim tax credits. It contains information that is relevant UK wide.

Benefits for disabled students – Explaining the rules around the benefit system for full and part-time students with a long-term illness or disability.

Benefits for young people in further education or training – Covering the rules for young people in further education or on certain training courses claiming means-tested benefits.

Parents claiming for young people in further education or training – Explains when a parent, or someone responsible for a child, can continue to claim benefit for a child aged 16 or over.

Benefits and tax credits for students – Gives a general overview of the benefits and tax credits that students may be eligible to claim.

Benefits and tax credits for lone parent students – Sets out the main social security benefits and tax credits that lone parents may be able to claim during a course of education.