Case Studies

In the Footsteps of Kings

In the Footsteps of Kings

DYW Fife

Name of School/Project

In the Footsteps of Kings - DYW Fife

Key Facts 

“In the Footsteps of Kings” project, which was lead through Fife Council’s, Culture of Enterprise initiative, incorporating S5 and S6 pupils into a digital skills project that provided real benefit to the region of Fife and its tourism economy.

App developers, Mardles, and Fife Tourism Partnership introduced the project to pupils at Madras College. S5 and 6 pupils were asked to develop a new concept for a historic location in St Andrews that could be incorporated within the game.

The project enabled 8 pupils to be involved from the concept development stage through to the launch phase. The skills that the pupils developed through this project were research, project management, general business administration, communication and digital skills which gave them the opportunity to gain an SCQF level 6 diploma for the PC Passport course.

How did the Project develop?

DYW Fife aims to promote programmes and projects that produce beneficial outcomes such as enhanced employability through skills development for young people and school leavers and businesses can tap into a wider range of recruitment resources through partnership projects with schools and colleges.

Through this, an award-winning app way developed to bring the area’s history to life and give visitors the opportunity to interact with characters and experience fun interactions at each location involved.

“Kids can try their hand at firing a cannon from Ravenscraig Castle out to a pirate boat on the Forth or play tennis with Mary Queen of Scots’ ghosts at Falkland Palace!”

Other historic sites on the trail include Aberdour Castle, Markinch Church, Lochore Castle and Falkland Estate and we’ve just added a further three locations at Burntisland, Dunfermline Carnegie LIbrary & Galleries and Macduff’s Castle.

Other schools in the region such as Balwearie High School and St Columbus High School were involved in the commercialisation project to develop a marketing strategy and promotional merchandise to encourage download level. Collaboration between Fife Council’s Culture of Enterprise and Employability teams together with Fife College allowed these pupils the opportunity to attain a Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Skills, as well as gaining valuable skills and knowledge in a commercialisation environment.

What did pupils gain from taking part in the project? How effective was the project?

All pupils were asked to complete a reflective statement at the end of the project which all reported positive outcomes and 7 out of the 8 pupils at Madras College attained the SCQF level 6 qualification.

In addition to this 11 out of 16 students from the commercialisation project achieved their Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Skills also at SCQF Level 6. These qualifications are not only beneficial to the pupil’s future but also recognised by industry. Building a positive pipeline of talent for our local businesses.

Did you get other organisations/partners involved?


Fife Tourism Partnership

Fife Council’s Culture of Enterprise and Employability

Fife College


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