Individual needs summer schools

Are you in years 9 - 11 and a young carer? Our summer school is a chance to explore the range of subjects and support that university offers, and to meet new friends and fellow students who share similar experiences.

About the summer school

This is a fantastic opportunity to experience the life of a student in a supportive environment. During the summer school, students will find out what life is like at university, talk to current university students and try their hand at a range of exciting subjects. During the evenings there will be a variety of social activities held on the university campus, or in the surrounding area. 

Student Ambassadors will be able to share their own experiences of being young carers as well as answer questions about study options, clubs and societies, living arrangements and the support available at university. 

The summer school runs over three days and two nights and will give students the opportunity to stay in university accommodation. However, if due to caring responsibilities students can only visit during the day, this can be arranged. 


Applications for the Discover University summer school will open from January 2021. Students and parents will need to fill in the application form together. If the application is successful, the nominated teacher will be approached for a reference.

Can I apply?

Places will be allocated to students in years 9, 10 and 11 who have caring responsibilities. As the summer school takes place during term time, students will need permission from a teacher to attend.

What is the cost?

The summer school is free. Students will be provided with free accommodation, refreshments and meals for the duration of the summer school. The University of Surrey is also able to cover the cost of travel for students to and from the summer school, although students may be asked to travel to a hub location, for example, their school.

Example Timetable

Each year the timetable can slightly vary but below is an example of the types of activities that will take place during the summer school.

  Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
07:00   Breakfast Breakfast
08:00 Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences Subject Taster Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Subject Taster
10:00 Students arrive and welcome presentation Subject taster from another university
11:00 Meet your group and icebreakers Funding University  Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Subject Taster
12:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch
13:00 University Session Support at University Pathways and Apprenticeships
14:00 Campus Tour Scavenger Hunt Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Subject Taster Reflection Activity
15:00 Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Subject Taster Sports Session Closing presentation
16:00 Move into rooms and meet flatmates  
17:00 Free time Free time
18:00 Dinner
19:00 Evening activity e.g. bowling Dinner
20:00 Evening activity e.g. quiz and garden games
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