If you have any questions about this programme please contact the Summer Challenge team.

E: challenge@ucl.ac.uk
T: 020 7679 0653 (9:30am-4:30pm Mon-Fri)

Other Opportunities

There are a number of other activities available at UCL. Please see our activities pages for a full breakdown, or explore those listed below.

Year 12 Summer Schools
Year 12 Taster Courses
Experience UCL: Pre-university International Summer School


Year 12 Summer Challenge

What is Summer Challenge?

Summer Challenge is a programme of subject specific courses for Year 12 students attending state schools in or near London, whose parents have not been to university, and who are academically high achieving.

There are a number of courses on offer in a diverse range of STEM and humanities subjects, all taught by UCL academics and PhD students. During the course of the programme, students must complete a piece of work to be graded by their tutor. Summer Challenge encourages critical thinking and debate, and gives students valuable practice at crafting academic essays, which can be used during A-Level and university study. 

Courses usually run for five weeks at UCL's campus in Bloomsbury during June and July, on Tuesday evenings, from 5-7pm, (except where stated below).

At the end of Summer Challenge, you'll have two weeks to submit an assessed piece of work (usually a 1500 word essay) which is marked by your tutor and returned to you with feedback.

Summer Challenge 2018

Summer Challenge will run on the following days and times:

Date  Time Content/Activity 
12 June 2018  16:30 - 19:00  Welcome and first academic session
19 June 2018  17:00 - 19:00  Academic session
26 June 2018  17:00 - 19:00  Academic session
3 July 2018  17:00 - 19:00  Academic session 
10 July 2018  17:00 - 20:00 Academic session and graduation 
31 July 2018   Final submission date for marked assessments 

Application forms and details of subjects available for next summer will be available in early 2018. Please check our TwitterInstagramFacebook and Snapchat  (@DiscoverUCL) for updates.

Every Summer Challenge student completes a 1,500 word project on a topic of their choice. This develops independent research, critical thinking, public speaking and academic writing skills essential for university; it also provides an impressive achievement for UCAS personal statements.

Students will be supported by UCL academics, postgraduate and undergraduate students, gaining detailed insight into the UCL student experience and the range of degree programmes on offer.

Summer Challenge courses are offered by a number of departments across UCL. In 2018 we will have courses available in arts, humanities, social sciences, science and engineering subjects. 

Applications for these activities will open in early 2018. Please check our TwitterInstagramFacebook and Snapchat  (@DiscoverUCL) for updates.

It is important to read the course descriptions carefully to decide which ones are of interest to you, and please take into account the entry requirements along with the eligibility criteria.

We ask that applicants apply for two courses, as this will increase the chance of getting a place. You must be willing to take your second choice course if it is offered to you. 

Please read all the questions carefully before answering them, and do not rush the form - if you make a mistake in your contact details we will not be able to let you know if you have a place!

We encourage you to pick two Summer Challenge choices to increase your chances of being accepted for the programme. You must be willing to take up your second choice if you are offered.

Part of the application form will require you to enter some information about your parent or guardian. Please make sure they are around when you are completing the form to give you this information.

You are required to give the details of a teacher who can provide an academic reference to support your application, and to forward the reference link (which you will receive after submitting your application form) on to this teacher. If we do not receive the reference from your teacher we will be unable to consider you for a place on the Summer Challenge programme. 

Applications are currently closed. A full list of dates, subjects available, and the application form will be made available in early 2018.