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Explore UCL Year 11 Summer School

Tuesday 14 August - Friday 17 August 2018

Applications for the 2018 Summer School are now open!

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 provide guidance on a range of useful topics such as study skills, personal statement writing and careers, to help you prepare for university and beyond. You will also work in small groups with other students from across the UK, and a few academic sessions to offer a new perspective on the subjects you’re already studying at school or to introduce you to subjects you haven’t studied or considered studying before.

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 their experience of studying at a London university. In the evenings, you'll also get to take part in social activities to see for yourself what being a student in London is really like!

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 are now open!

To apply for a place on the 2018 Explore UCL Summer School, please fill out our online application form.

Before you start:

  • This form will require details of your parent/guardian, so it is a good idea to complete the form with them nearby.
  • As part of your application, you will be asked to nominate a teacher who can provide a reference for you. Please speak with your teacher before putting their name and work contact details down.
  • You will be required to include a statement of 250 words telling us why you would like to take part in your chosen programme. It is a good idea to prepare this ahead of time.

Please note: Places for Explore UCL will be prioritised to students who live outside London, and have not previously attended a UCL residential summer school.

Please see our Year 11 Summer Programmes 2018 brochure for more information