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UCL 'Access to Urban Planning': Bartlett Summer School

Do you have a passion for cities? Would you like to know more about how urban areas function and what the future for cities will be? The ‘Access To Urban Planning’ UCL Bartlett Summer School is for students in year 12 who are considering applying to university to study either urban planning, urban design, planning and real estate, or urban studies.  The summer school will introduce students to the principles of urban planning and its related subjects, provide an insight into urban planning as a career, and provide an opportunity to explore a live project in London over the course of the week.  No previous knowledge is required.

There are 30 places available on the Urban Planning summer school.  It is taking place from Monday 18th August to Friday 22nd August 2014.  Students will stay in UCL’s Ramsey Hall, which is in central London, a short walk away from the UCL campus.

The Summer School is free to attend - all accommodation, food, travel costs, and evening activities are paid for by UCL.

Academic Programme

The programme for the summer school includes a mix of theoretical and practical sessions, which together give the student a flavour for the way in which Planning is taught at the Bartlett.  It also includes sessions which are designed to give potential applicants an insight into both life as a Planning student, and life as a professional Planner.  The proposed programme includes a mix of:

  • introductory ‘taster’ lectures – to the related disciplines of Spatial Planning, Urban Design, Urban Regeneration, Sustainability and Real Estate that are taught at the School;
  • a masterplanning project – there will be three (morning or afternoon) sessions dedicated to exploring a live project in London, which will involve a site visit, studio based workshops, and presentations of final project, designed to be a ‘taster’ of some of our studio based modules involving group work, and providing pupils with a physical output that they can take home.
  • Practitioner-led presentations and local guided walking tours on the London case study.
  • student-led activities, run by our current students, including a tour of the campus, lunch, and Q&A sessions on studying planning at the Bartlett.
  • a visit to the London Model at the Building Centre on Store Street
  • Presentations on careers in planning (with staff and alumni) and applying to UCL.

You can find out more about the Bartlett School of Planning and our undergraduate programmes here - http://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/planning/programmes/undergraduate


Other Activities

In the evenings there will be a programme of social activities taking place. You’ll get to know your fellow students and have the opportunity to explore some of the varied attractions that London has to offer. Examples of activities that could be on offer include a visit to Shakespeare's Globe, a quiz night at UCL, and a trip up The Shard.


Who is Eligible?

The ‘Access to Urban Planning’: Bartlett Summer School is open to students (home UK only) currently studying in Year 12 or equivalent at state schools or colleges in the UK.

Priority will be given to students who meet all or most of the following criteria:

  • Will be the first generation in their family to attend university.
  • Have achieved at least 5 A/A*s at GCSE.
  • Be on target to achieve UCL’s minimum grade requirements for the course that they are interested in applying to.
  • Come from neighbourhoods with low overall progression rates to higher education.
  • Are taking relevant subjects in relation to the subject that they are applying for.
  • Attend schools or colleges with a low overall A level (or equivalent) point score.
  • Live outside of Greater London (although there are places for students who do live in London)


How to Apply

You can apply for the Access to Urban Planning’: Bartlett Summer School by completing the online application form.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 8th August 2014.

If you would like more information on the programme prior to applying, please contact Amy Suddards on a.suddards@ucl.ac.uk


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