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Explore UCL Year 11 Summer School

Applications for the 2018 Summer School will open in February 2018.

The Explore UCL Summer School gives Year 11 pupils a real taste of university life through a four-day, three-night residential summer school held on UCL’s main campus in central London.

The summer school will include a range of lectures and workshops in a variety of subjects to introduce you to the different teaching and learning methods used at university. You will work in small groups with other students from across the UK. Each group will have a current UCL student, Student Ambassadors, working as their group leader. Student Ambassadors will be on hand to answer any questions you have about studying at university and what London student life is really like.

Subject Areas

You can apply to take part on one of two subject strands:

  • Strand A: Arts, Humanities and Social Science subjects
  • Strand B: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects

Academic subject sessions will offer new perspectives on the subjects you already study at school as well as introducing you to new subjects you haven’t studied before. In addition to academic sessions, there will be advice and guidance workshops on topics such as study skills, personal statement writing and careers to help you prepare for university and beyond. In the evenings you will take part in social activities to introduce you to student life in London.

Time Commitment

The summer school runs for four days. Students will need to travel to UCL on the morning of the first day and will reside at UCL Halls of Residences until the afternoon of the final day. The summer school will conclude with a celebration ceremony on the final day.

Who can apply?

There are 120 places on the programme for students who attend non-selective state schools in the UK, and who are identified by their teacher as highly able (expected to achieve five or more A or A*s/7-9 grades at GCSE).

We prioritise students who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Will be the first generation in their family to attend university;
  • Come from neighbourhoods with low overall progression rates to higher education;
  • Are in, or have lived under local authority care;
  • Have parents from non-professional occupations;
  • Are currently eligible for free school meals;
  • Are from an ethnic group which is currently underrepresented at UCL.

  Please see eligibility criteria for full details. 

Please note: as Explore UCL Year 11 Summer School is residential, we will prioritise students who live outside of London

How to apply

Applications for 2018 will open in February 2018.

Please see our Year 11 Summer Programmes 2017 brochure