UCL Year 12 Summer Challenge

Summer Challenge is a programme of subject specific evening courses designed to develop critical thinking, academic writing and independent research skills, and to encourage applications to UCL. 

It is for Year 12 students attending state schools, who live in London or who are able to travel to London regularly, whose parents have not been to university, and who are academically high achieving. 

Courses run for six sessions once a week at UCL during the summer. There are 10 to 20 students in each course (depending on the subject) and the sessions run from 1600 to 1800. All courses are taught by UCL academic staff or postgraduate students.

As part of the programme, every Summer Challenge student must complete an independent research project of 1,500 words and deliver a presentation.

UCL London Opportunities Scholarship

Students who complete Summer Challenge who then receive an offer from UCL in the following academic year are invited to apply for the UCL London Opportunities Scholarship, worth £4,000 per year of undergraduate study.

Summer Challenge 2015 courses

We are currently planning Summer Challenge 2015 and expect to offer at least 12 courses in a range of science, engineering, arts, humanities and social science subjects. We will open for applications in February 2015. The online application form, teacher reference and course brochure will all be available at this webpage.

For more information on how Summer Challenge works, please download the 2014 course brochure below.

Summer Challenge 2014 course brochure

Summer Challenge contact

If you have any questions about Summer Challenge or would like to be added to our mailing list for 2015, please email us: