Access and Widening Participation


Residential Summer Schools

Every year, UCL runs a number of residential summer schools for students in year 12 attending state schools. These give students a taste of university life and the degree programme.

Applications for the 2019 UCL Year 12 Residential Summer Schools are now closed.

About Residential Summer Schools 

Residential Summer Schools run from Monday-Friday, with students staying on site in university accommodation. 

UCL will be running the following Residential Summer Schools in July and August 2019:

Week One: 22nd - 26th July 2019English, Laws, Maths and Computer Science, Modern Languages, Psychology with Education
Week Two: 5th - 9th August 2019Applied Health Research, Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Biosciences, Chemical Engineering, Philosophy, Population Health
Week Three: 19th - 23rd August 2019Archaeology, Astrophysics, Fine Art, Geography, History, Natural Sciences  

For more information on each Residential Summer School, please read our summary: 

Application information

  • Week One Summer Schools are run in partnership with The Sutton Trust. The application deadline closed on Thursday 28th February 2019.
  • 18th March is the deadline for applications for Weeks Two and Three. If there have not been enough applications for a subject, we may re-open applications and will advertise the new deadline. Applications are not selected on a first-come-first-served basis, so this will not affect any application outcomes. 
  • To apply for our programmes, you must meet certain eligibility criteria. For residential activities, priority is given to students from non-selective state schools outside of London.
  • Please read all the questions carefully before answering them, and do not rush the form - if you make a mistake in your contact details we will not be able to let you know if you have a place!
  • Part of the application form will require you to enter some information about your parent or guardian. Please make sure they are around when you are completing the form to give you this information. 
  • You will also need to give the details of a teacher who can provide an academic reference to support your application. Please make sure you select a student who knows you (and tell them they are your reference). If we do not receive the reference from your teacher we will be unable to consider you for a place.

Frequently asked questions

Do I have to pay for these summer schools?
No! Both our residential and non-residential activities are completely free. This includes your meals, and on residential events, it also includes your accommodation and evening activities. We also cover the cost of travel to and from our residential events, and any travel you may need to do as part of the course during the week.

Do I have to stay overnight at the residential summer school?
Yes. Unless you have extenuating circumstances which prevent you from doing so, we expect all participants to stay in the university accommodation for the duration of the summer school. If staying over is a problem, you may want to consider one of our non-residential summer schools or taster courses.

Can my friend/family member take part too?
Only those people who have applied through our system and been notified that they are successful can take part in these activities.

When will I hear whether I have a place?
This varies for each subject. If applications have reopened, we will email existing applicants to let them know the new deadline date. We aim to have students notified of their outcome in early May. In case of delays, we will inform applicants via our Twitter feed. We are usually shortlisting around 7000 applications for our various activities, which can take a long time. Please be patient, and rest assured that you will be notified whatever your outcome. Please do not email to ask about the status of your application, as this slows down shortlisting significantly.