You may apply to a UK Summer School if you:

  • Are studying in Year 12 in England or Wales, Year 13 in Northern Ireland, or S5 in Scotland
  • Attend, and have always attended, a state-funded school or college (non-fee paying) in the UK
Additional criteria

If you meet the above requirements, we will look at the following criteria when we consider your application:

  • Would be in the first generation of your family to attend university
  • Have been eligible for free school meals at any point during your secondary schooling
  • Attend a school or college with a below-average A-level or Higher point score and/or a low rate of progression to higher education
  • Live in a neighbourhood with a low rate of progression to higher education and/or a high level of socio-economic deprivation
  • Have achieved at least five A or 6 grades at GCSE, or five A or B passes at National 5, and where applicable, taken subjects relevant to the course applied for

The more criteria you meet, the more likely you are to secure a place. Not meeting all of these will not disqualify you

There is room on the application form and teacher verification to explain any extenuating circumstances that might impact your application


If you are (or have been) looked after, accommodated or in care, you only need to meet the age, school and academic requirements.

Our 2019 cohort


met at least 3 of our additional criteria


would be in the first in their family to attend university


had been eligible for free school meals


came from a Sutton Trust target school

Ready to start your application?