Can you tell me about the Summer School programme?

The Sutton Trust Summer Schools offer an opportunity for over 2000 young people each year to try university life. The one week taster courses consist not only of lectures, seminars and tutorials, but also a varied programme of social activities, to give participants an accurate idea of life as an undergraduate at a research-led university. The programme started in 1997 at Oxford and the Trust has subsequently expanded the scheme to Bristol, Cambridge, Nottingham, St Andrews, Imperial, Durham, UCL, Edinburgh, the Royal Veterinary College and King’s College London.

Please visit our dedicated summer school pages for more information.

How do I apply?

Applications open in January of each year and close in March. Late applications are not accepted.

What subject courses are available?

A wide range of courses are on offer from sciences to humanities to languages. For more information on the courses in detail and which subjects are available at which universities look at the summer school brochures and visit the university websites, which can be accessed from here.

How much does it cost to attend?

The Sutton Trust and the universities will meet all costs incurred by students, including travel to and from the summer schools, food and accommodation, and all trips and activities.

Who can apply?

The summer schools are open to students currently studying in Year 12 or equivalent at maintained schools or colleges in the UK. Priority will be given to students who meet all or most of the eligibility criteria, which can be read here.

Why is the programme not open to students from private/ independent (fee-paying) schools?

Our programme is designed to support those with the potential to excel but who have had little assistance and limited opportunity. The Sutton Trust Summer School scheme is only open to students in Year 12 (or equivalent) from UK state-funded schools and colleges, with priority given to those from non-privileged backgrounds and from schools working in challenging circumstances. As such, we cannot accept applications from students in private/independent schools, including those who receive scholarships or bursaries.

When will I hear if I have been successful?

Applicants will be notified of their application status by the end April of each application cycle.