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UCL Year 12 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. (Please read the brochure for the full entrance criteria.)
Courses run for six weeks at UCL's campus in Bloomsbury during June and July, on either Tuesday or Wednesday evenings.
Every Summer Challenge student completes an independent research project of 1,500 words and delivers a presentation on their topic in the last week.
Summer Challenge courses are an excellent way to improve independent research, critical thinking, public speaking and academic writing skills; essential for university study. They also provide an impressive achievement for UCAS personal statements.
UCL London Opportunities Scholarship
Students who successfully complete Summer Challenge 2014, who then receive an offer from UCL in 2014-15 will be given the opportunity to apply for the UCL London Opportunities Scholarship, worth £4,000 per year of undergraduate study.
Summer Challenge 2014 courses
Our thematic courses for 2014 cover a range of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects, and arts and humanities subjects. Many courses are interdisciplinary and relate to a range of subjects.
|Course title||Subject area||Dates|
|Amazing brain||STEM: neuroscience||Tuesdays: 3, 10, 17 June; 1, 8, 15 July|
|Archaeology: ethics and artefacts||Humanities: archaeology, history||Tuesdays: 3, 10, 17 June; 1, 8, 15 July|
|Being human||STEM and humanities: anthropology, biology||Wednesdays: 4, 11, 18 June; 2, 9, 16 July|
|Engineering solutions from nature||STEM: engineering||Tuesdays: 3, 10, 17 June; 1, 8, 15 July|
|Doctors' dilemmas||STEM: medicine||Wednesdays: 4, 11, 18 June; 2, 9, 16 July|
|Future pharmacy||STEM: pharmacy, pharmacology||Tuesdays: 3, 10, 17 June; 1, 8, 15 July|
|Human rights||Humanities: law, history, politics||Tuesdays: 3, 10, 17 June; 1, 8, 15 July|
|London in literature||Humanities: English literature, history||Tuesdays: 3, 10, 17 June; 1, 8, 15 July|
|Medicine and society||STEM: medicine||Wednesdays: 4, 11, 18 June; 2, 9, 16 July|
|Physics of light||STEM: physics, engineering||Wednesdays: 4, 11, 18 June; 2, 9, 16 July|
|Science and society||STEM and humanities||Wednesdays: 4, 11, 18 June; 2, 9, 16 July|
|Speaking your mind||STEM and humanities: psychology, speech sciences, linguistics||Wednesdays: 4, 11, 18 June; 2, 9, 16 July|
How to apply for Summer Challenge 2014
Download the 2014 brochure for course descriptions and information about our academic and demographic selection criteria.
Choose a first and second choice course; we recommend putting a second choice to increase your chances of getting a place. If you put down a second choice, it must be a course that you would be happy to take if you are offered a place on it. Write a 250 word supporting statement, and then complete the application form at the link below.
Please note that you can apply for either Doctors' dilemmas or Medicine and society, but not both. You must choose a different course as your second choice for these options.
You cannot take two Summer Challenge courses at the same time, even if one runs on a Tuesday and one on a Wednesday. You will be assigned one of the two courses that you apply for.
You will also need to give a work email address for a teacher who can provide an academic reference for you. Teachers can download the reference form below.
The deadline for applications and references is Wednesday 23 April.
Summer Challenge contact
If you have any questions please contact us:
0207 679 7762