Access and Widening Participation


Year 12** Summer Schools 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.

Year 12** Summer Schools will run from Monday to Friday and will be taught online this year due to Covid-19 social distancing restrictions.

Some subjects that were originally planned can't be taught online this year unfortunately. However, the list below details the subjects we will be running as an Online Summer School for this year. Please note that all the Online Summer Schools listed below will take place from Monday 20th July - Friday 24th July 2020. 

Year 12** Summer School 2020

Applications for the Year 12** Summer Schools 2020 closed in March 2020. We will be in touch with successful applicants during May 2020.



20th - 24th July 2020

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


These Summer Schools are 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.