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Years 7-11 activities
Please download our Pre 16 brochure for an overview of our activities.
We run many activities for Year 7 to 11 students and their families, from one-off taster sessions to long term programmes.
Our programmes are aimed at highly able students whose parents have not been to university and who attend non-selective state schools. We prioritise schools which have a high proportion of students registered for free school meals. For most of our activities, students must complete application forms and provide a teacher reference. Please click on the links below for information about programmes that interest you.
One-off events, tasters and visits
Saturday programmes for young students and their families to learn about university and how you can prepare for it during secondary school.
Two hour taster workshops in school half terms, in a range of STEM and humanities subjects that relate to UCL degree programmes. Year 8 and 9s must attend with a parent or guardian, but Year 10 and 11s can attend by themselves.
Themed school visit days for Year 9s. Students explore a topic in depth and give afternoon presentations on their learning.
Summer schools and long term programmes
UCL Sutton Scholars is a two year programme designed to support highly able Year 8 and 9 students as they prepare to start GCSEs. In Year 8, students attend half term programmes and a summer school; in Year 9 they return for a spring Saturday programme. The programme is supported by the Sutton Trust as part of a nationwide scheme.
Inspire is a long-term programme for Year 9 to 11 students, delivered in partnership with sixth form colleges. Highly able students from several schools in one local authority attend sessions at a host sixth form college and also at UCL. In 2014-15 UCL will deliver Inspire programmes for schools in Newham and Islington.
UCL Horizons – Years 10 and 11
UCL Horizons is a two year programme for Year 10 and 11 students, designed to support high attainment at GCSE and to give guidance on A level and university subject choices. It includes a Saturday school and debating summer school in Year 10 and a careers and study skills autumn programme in Year 11. UCL Horizons won a London Education Partnership Award in 2012.
Explore UCL is a five day non-residential summer school in July. The programme includes STEM and Humanities strands to fit students’ interests. The 2015 summer school is now full.