Residential summer schools

Our residential summer school programme offers students the chance to experience studying a subject at university. Our summer schools are free to attend and open to Year 12 students from England, Wales and Scotland who meet our criteria.

About our summer schools

Students will learn in an academic environment, working with students from other schools, undergraduate and postgraduate students, and academic staff. The programme will include lectures, seminars, practical activities, and a variety of fun social events in the evenings. 

Summers schools we ran in 2019

Below is an example of summer schools we ran in 2019, please be advised that these have now passed. 

Arts and social sciences
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Business
  • Law
  • English and creative writing
  • Hospitality and tourism
Health sciences and psychology
  • Nursing
  • Paramedic science
  • Psychology
  • Midwifery 
Engineering and physical sciences
  • Physics
  • Maths
  • Chemistry
  • Civil engineering
  • Mechanical engineering sciences
  • Electrical and electronic engineering
  • Computer science
Biosciences, sport and veterinary sciences
  • Veterinary science
  • Biosciences

2020 applications

Applications for the summer schools running in July 2020 will open in January 2020 and close in March 2020.

Who is eligible?

Places will only be allocated to year 12 students from currently under-represented groups in higher education who attend a state school or college in the United Kingdom.

Any student that does not meet the criteria list below should not apply. 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 support the cost of travel for students to and from the summer school. 

Under-represented groups

    • Students from families where parents are in non-professional households (NS-SEC groups 4-8)
    • Students from low income families (eligible for free school meals in last six years)
    • Students from low participation neighbourhoods (LPN, defined as POLAR quintiles 1 and 2 in HEFCE’s POLAR4* classification)
    • Students from families which have no parental history of participation in Higher Education
    • Students from black and minority ethnic (BME) groups.
    • Students who are care leavers

    * You can check if you live in an LPN (POLAR4 Quintile 1 or 2) by using the online postcode look up tool.

    • Students who are refugees
    • Students who are classified as having a disability
    • Students who are young carers
    • Students estranged from their families
    • Students who have a parent/carer that has served in the armed forces or reserves
    • White males from economically disadvantaged backgrounds (eligible for FSM, from NS-SEC groups 4-8 or live in an LPN).

    2019 summer school brochure

    Summer school booklet pdf
    (3.4 MB .PDF)