Access and Widening Participation


Discover UCL Summer School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

The Discover UCL Summer School is an exciting opportunity exclusively for deaf and hard of hearing students in Year 12.

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We are currently reviewing our plans for the Discover UCL 2023-24 programme. Please check back on this page in the Spring for further updates. If you would like to register your interest and be notified once applications open, please email wp.pre16@ucl.ac.uk

Quick Facts

  • The summer school is exclusively for deaf or hard of hearing students.
  • The summer school is free to attend.
  • The summer school will be delivered in a hybrid way - some elements will be online and some will take place on the UCL campus.
  • There are 15 spaces available for Year 12 students.

About the programme

The Discover UCL Summer School is an exciting opportunity exclusively for deaf and hard of hearing students in Year 12 to find out more about university.

The summer school will consist of a variety of advice and guidance sessions structured around applying to, preparing for and thriving at university. Topics covered will include writing a personal statement, navigating the UCAS process, and funding your university study. You'll also get the chance to learn like a university student, be challenged academically as well as get help to identify the support available at university for deaf and hard of hearing students.

UCL will provide specialised support including BSL Interpreters and live captioning for the duration of the summer school. Due to the high level of support provided, only fifteen places are available.

Discover UCL 2023 programme dates

The summer school will run across three days in July 2023.  The first two days will consist of online activities and the final day will take place in person on the UCL campus in central London.

Online section (Tuesday 25 July – Wednesday 26 July): participants will complete an online course, hear talks from deaf role models and our team of experts, and complete group activities with other young deaf people.

In-person day on UCL campus (Thursday 27 July): participants will take part in an object-based learning session, have the chance to tour the university and ask questions of panel members including deaf role models and university staff and current/former students.

The programme is delivered in collaboration with Manjula Patrick, Associate Professor and inclusive education lead at the UCL Arena Centre


  • The Discover UCL Summer School is open to deaf or hard of hearing students currently studying in Year 12 at a state school or college in the UK.
  • Academic entry requirements: you must have achieved at least five A*-B/9-5 grades at GCSE or the corresponding grades in qualifications accepted as GCSE equivalents and be likely to achieve a minimum of BBB at A level or at least 34 points at IB. This includes the equivalent grades in other UK qualifications including the Scottish Advanced Highers and Welsh Baccalaureate.
  • For full details of our targeting criteria please see our Who we work with page.

How to apply

You can apply for the Discover UCL 2023 programme by completing the application form linked below. In the application form you will be asked to provide the contact details of a teacher at your school or college who we can contact to verify that you meet the eligibility criteria for the scheme. Please make sure you have spoken to your teacher about this before applying. It is also advisable that you complete the application with a parent/carer nearby, as they will need to complete some sections of the form.

Applications for Discover UCL 2023 are now closed.

In the video below Calum Medlock, a past participant in Discover, shares his experiences of taking part in the programme.

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Contact us

If you have any questions about the summer school please get in touch by sending an email to wp.pre16@ucl.ac.uk.