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 below for the full entrance criteria.)

Courses run for six weeks at UCL's campus near Euston station during June and July 2014, 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


We are currently processing all applications that were submitted before midday on 23 April, and we will advise these applicants on our decision by early May. We will continue to accept teacher references after 23 April: please download the reference form at the bottom of this page and email it to challenge@ucl.ac.uk

The following courses are now closed for applications: 

  • Amazing Brain
  • Doctor's Dilemmas
  • Human Rights
  • Medicine and Society

All courses listed below are still open for applications, but we recommend that you apply as soon as you can and submit teacher references as soon as possible to aid us in processing applications promptly. We will close courses as soon as they fill up.

Course title Subject area Dates
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
Future pharmacy STEM: pharmacy, pharmacology 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
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. 

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 also download the reference form below, complete it and send it to challenge@ucl.ac.uk

Summer Challenge 2014 courses brochure

Summer Challenge 2014 student application form

Summer Challenge 2014 teacher reference form

Summer Challenge contact

If you have any questions please contact us:


0207 679 7762 

07852 312221