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

Bring your family to university days - Years 7 to 11

Saturday programmes for young students and their families to learn about university and how you can prepare for it during secondary school. 

Junior Master Classes - Years 8, 9, 10 and 11

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.

University Challenge - Year 9

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 - Years 8 and 9

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 - Years 9, 10 and 11 

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 summer school - Year 11

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.