Access and Widening Participation


Year 12** Summer School Online

Every year, UCL runs a number of Summer Schools for Year 12** state school students. The Summer Schools offer a taste of studying a degree programme and of university life.

We are delighted to announce that our Summer Schools will be running in 2021 and can confirm they will be delivered online.

We are currently in the process of confirming the subjects that will be taught in summer 2021. 

The Summer School subjects that were taught in summer 2020 are listed below as a guide. We hope to run the same subjects again in Summer 2021 but the list is subject to changes or additions until confirmed. Please keep checking this page regularly for updates. 

Year 12** Summer School Online 2021

Applications for the Year 12** Summer School Online 2021 will open at the beginning of January 2021. 



20th - 24th July 2020 

ArchitectureAstrophysicsBiosciencesEnglish*, Fine ArtGeographyHistoryLanguages and Cultures*, Laws*, Maths and Computer Science*, Natural SciencesPhilosophyPsychology with Education*


These Summer Schools were run in partnership with the Sutton Trust.

** S5 in Scotland or Year 13 in Northern Ireland

Application Information

  • To attend our programmes, you must meet certain eligibility criteria. For residential activities, priority is given to students from state schools around the UK, outside London.

  • Applications are not selected on a first-come-first-served basis, so this will not affect any application outcomes. 

Frequently asked questions:

Do I have to pay for these summer schools?
No! Our Summer Schools are completely free to attend. 

Can my friend/family member take part too?
Only applicants who applied through our system and have been notified that they have a place on the Summer School can attend and take part in the Summer School.

When will I hear if I have a place?
This varies for each subject. If the application deadline gets extended for any reason, 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. We usually shortlist around 7000 applications for our various activities, so it can take some 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 significantly slows down the shortlisting process.

My question hasn't been answered here. What do I do?
Email wp.taster@ucl.ac.uk with your query, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.