Experience university life
Spend a week with one of our 13 partner universities. Our Summer Schools are completely free so you can get to know your chosen university, no matter where in the country you’re from.
Explore one of 40 subjects at a leading institution
Explore academic taster sessions in your chosen subject. Choose from over 40 different courses, from Archaeology and Anthropology to Veterinary Medicine. With over 15 hours of teaching at undergraduate level, you will get the chance to dive deep into subjects that you are passionate about. Going beyond the school curriculum, your academic sessions will provide you with material to use in your personal statement.
Meet new people
You will take part in a range of social activities, designed to help you make friends with other students on the Summer School and unwind after jam-packed days! Depending on your programme, these will range from tours, to trying out new hobbies with university societies, from film nights to final night celebrations!
Develop essential life skills
Throughout your week, you will have the chance to develop essential life skills. You will have the chance to improve your presentation skills in academic sessions and will gain motivation for your studies by meeting student ambassadors and staff and hearing about their educational journeys. Living, studying and socialising with other students from across the UK will help you work better as part of a team.
Receive applications support
You will take part in workshops that will help you navigate UCAS and write the best personal statement possible. You will find out about how to apply for student finance, the availability of bursaries and how to manage your money whilst at university.
Join our alumni platform
Once you graduate from a Sutton Trust programme, you will become a member of our alumni community. Sutton Trust Alumni is the online home of the alumni community. Here you can create connections, access support and inspire change. With more than 3,500 alumni already active in the community, you can get advice from alums studying and working in areas you are interested in. You’ll also gain exclusive access to events, career opportunities and ways to stay involved with our work.
January 11th 2021Find out more
January 11th 2021
Your application will ask about your secondary school, qualifications and details on your background, including any benefits you or your parents receive
March 19th 2021Find out more
March 19th 2021
In your application, you will be asked to supply your teacher’s name and email address so we can verify your qualifications and background. Don’t worry, you won’t be disqualified if you teacher doesn’t respond but universities might reach out to them directly
Late April - MayFind out more
Late April - May
You will hear back from your chosen university about your application outcome. If you are eligible, you will also receive an invitation to join Sutton Trust Online.
June - AugustFind out more
June - August
Spend a week at a leading university attending exciting lectures and meeting interesting people. After you have graduated you will gain access to our 3,000 strong alumni network where you can gain access to more career opportunities
There were many amazing moments within the summer school: taking blood from a mannequin to meeting the most amazing group of aspiring medics. Everyday was packed with activities to both have an insight into university and medical school. Charlotte, Southampton, UK Summer School 2019 - Cardiff University
There were many highlights of my Sutton Trust programme, however, a particular thing that really captivated me was the teamwork. Despite being online, me and the other individuals in my group were able to work extremely well together, taking part in games, quizzes and much more. Gracie, Nottinghamshire, UK Summer School 2020 - University of Nottingham
I can’t decide on a single highlight of my experience- it’s a tie between the people I met and what I learned. It was so diverse, and I felt at home. And I learned so much stuff. The people in the pathology and biochemistry department never treated us like college students- they treated us like we were already enrolled in the university. Samira, London, UK Summer School 2019 - University of Cambridge
My highlight of the week was eating out at Pizza Hut in Nottingham city centre. It was brilliant because we got to see what the city was like itself which helped me to see myself studying there. It helped show me that university is definitely the right choice for me and that I can cope with moving to an entirely new place and make friends without having to worry at all. Jacob, Warrington, UK Summer School 2019 - University of Nottingham