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DURHAM UNIVERSITY

Durham University is distinctive – a residential collegiate university with long traditions and modern values. We seek the highest distinction in research and scholarship and are committed to excellence in all aspects of education and transmission of knowledge. We are proud to be an international scholarly community which reflects the ambitions of cultures from around the world. We promote individual participation, providing a rounded education in which students, staff and alumni gain both the academic and the personal skills required to flourish.

Attending a Durham University Sutton Trust Summer School gives you an excellent opportunity to contribute towards entry to Durham University. Those who successfully complete the assessed summer school project at the end of the Summer School and pass to an agreed standard, will be recognised as having achieved a qualification equivalent to 2-4 A Level grades that can contribute towards meeting the entry requirements for the programme of study at Durham University which was studied at the Summer School. In addition, if students pass the assessed project, they will also be eligible to receive a guaranteed conditional offer as long as they are studying the correct pre requisite subjects for entry to the programme. Applicants who successfully gain a place at the Summer School will be provided with full details regarding the guaranteed alternative offer with their acceptance letter.

WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND A SUMMER SCHOOL AT DURHAM UNIVERSITY

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Subject overview

On this course, students typically study humans and their societies both past and present while exploring the connections between the sister disciplines of Archaeology and Anthropology. During the course, content may cover a range of topics, including human origins, early societies and the human fossil record, as well as exploring various aspects of human behaviour and comparing it to our close evolutionary relatives, the primates. The course will be lively and hands on and an ideal way to find out more about these exciting subjects!

Course dates

25th August 2019 - 30th August 2019

Number of places

No specific course capacity - part of 260 spaces across all subjects

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

None

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Subject overview

The summer school will provide students with a unique insight into life as a student of Biosciences, giving students experience in addressing some of the most pressing problems the world faces. This can include problems such as ecosystems, infectious disease, and diseases of the blood, how we can interpret the outcomes of these investigations and how these can be applied to help better develop the world in the 21st century. Students may also have the opportunity to attend tours and network with current lecturers and PhD students within the Department.

Course dates

18th August 2019 - 23rd August 2019

Number of places

24

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

Must be taking Biology, Chemistry or Human Biology at A-level, or equivalent, plus another science subject (Psychology, Maths and Geography count as a science) at A-level, or equivalent

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Subject overview

Studying Business at the Sutton Trust Summer School equips students with a wide knowledge of the different topics offered at The Durham University Business School. Previous Summer School cohorts have focused on key topics including the field of Strategic Business Management, Global Business and Finance and Governance & Responsibility. Students may also have the opportunity to attend tours and network with current lecturers and PhD students within the Department.

Course dates

18th August 2019 - 23rd August 2019

Number of places

No specific course capacity

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

Must either be taking Maths at A-Level OR have a grade 7 or above in Maths GCSE OR grade B or above in the Core Maths Qualification, for this subject

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Subject overview

Durham Chemistry is a thriving center for teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and for world-leading research in the chemical sciences. Our committed and enthusiastic staff make the Department a wonderful environment in which to work and study. Summer School students get the chance to explore key theory and principles within the discipline and a focus of Lab work and independent practicals are a feature of the programme. Students may also have the opportunity to attend tours and network with current lecturers and PhD students within the Department.

Course dates

18th August 2019 - 23rd August 2019

Number of places

20

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

A-Levels must include Maths and Chemistry for this course

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Subject overview

The Durham Department of Classics and Ancient History is one of the largest in the UK, and enjoys a high reputation in this country and internationally. We have a large number of full-time staff, who between them specialise in the languages, literature, history, culture and philosophy of the Greco-Roman world, as well as its impact on later centuries up to the present day. We offer students a very wide range of modules, which summer school participants have the opportunity to explore in detail. Students may also have the opportunity to attend tours and network with current lecturers and PhD students within the Department.

Course dates

18th August 2019 - 23rd August 2019

Number of places

No specific course capacity

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

None

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Subject overview

Durham University's Computer Science degrees have been designed to be demanding, intellectually challenging and are scientifically, technologically and industry relevant. Mathematics provides the logic and language underpinning much of modern computer science, just as it does for physics and engineering. Participate in the research culture of the Computer Science Department through group and individual projects in areas from algorithms to image processing and parallel computing. Academics suggest project topics from their own areas of research, so you have the opportunity to work close to the cutting edge of Computer Science, supervised by a leader in the field.

Course dates

25th August 2018 - 30th August 2018

Number of places

20

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

A-Levels must include Maths for this subject

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Subject overview

As a leading Earth Science Department with researchers and teachers of the highest international calibre, Earth Sciences introduces summer school participants to wide study options available to students at Durham. Housed in a state-of-the-art building with bespoke facilities, the Department enables summer school participants to study a range of topics within Earth Sciences and usually facilitates a field trip and lab work element to the programme to showcase to students the depth of study on offer at Durham. Students may also have the opportunity to attend tours and network with current lecturers and PhD students within the Department.

Course dates

18th August 2019 - 23rd August 2019

Number of places

10

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

TWO science subjects at A-Level or equivalent are required. For the Geophysics route, Mathematics or Further Mathematics at A-level at grade B or above, or a comparable qualification in Mathematics is required

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Subject overview

Studying Economics at the summer school provides students with a detailed understanding of the variety within the discipline. Students gain an insight into the strong research focus of the department, including economic growth and policy, behavioural economics and finance, and economic and financial development in China. The department has a strong culture of collaboration, with a comprehensive seminar series and close links with industry which students at the Summer School will focus on. Students may also have the opportunity to attend tours and network with current lecturers and PhD students within the Department.

Course dates

25th August 2019 - 30th August 2019

Number of places

No specific course capacity

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

Must be taking Maths at A-Level for this subject

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Subject overview

The School of Education’s aim is to foster internationally excellent research and teaching, working on the most important and critical issues in education, and enabling scholarship to play a key role in advancing debate, informing policy and shaping agendas. The Summer School introduces students to the varied and exciting field of Education and is perfect for those who are interested in studying the principles of Education in addition to one of their A Level subjects at University. Students may also have the opportunity to attend tours and network with current lecturers and PhD students within the Department. This summer school strand also provides students with the opportunity to explore the Primary Education degree, as well as the Education Studies programme.

Course dates

18th August 2019 - 23rd August 2019

Number of places

10

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

None

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Subject overview

Engineers are needed now more than ever. At Durham, we produce world class engineers who are continually in high demand. The School is one of a small number of general engineering departments in the UK. We consider the discipline as an integrated subject rather than sub dividing the discipline into narrow areas. Our courses produce modern engineers who are capable of solving problems across the traditional engineering boundaries; for example, modern aircraft are run entirely by software and one critical problem in electronics design is the cooling of the devices. Throughout the summer school you will have the opportunity to learn much more about our courses and to explore life as an engineering student at Durham.

Course dates

18th August 2019 - 23rd August 2019

Number of places

15

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

A-Levels must include both Maths and Physics for this subject

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Subject overview

At this Summer School, students in the past have delved deep into the mysteries surrounding Conan Doyle's best-known tale, The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902). Reflecting the sorts of ways students study English at university, we examine how this novel is more than just a rip-roaring crime story, but gives us important access to the cultural contexts of the late-Victorian and Edwardian society that took up Sherlock so avidly. Various guest lectures from some of our academic experts will draw together the main themes of the course, and will also prompt you to reflect on the core skills that you will develop by pursuing English at university. Students may also have the opportunity to attend tours and network with current lecturers and PhD students within the Department.

Course dates

18th August 2019 - 23rd August 2019

Number of places

25

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

A-Levels must include English Literature (or the combined English Language and Literature A-Level) for this subject

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Subject overview

During the summer school, participants will be introduced to a variety of research-led teaching via taster-lectures from academic staff, followed by group discussions on key issues and debates (e.g. the impacts of climate change). Students can then choose to ‘specialise’ in human geography or physical geography and work in groups to collect and analyse geographical data, which is likely to involve fieldwork. Students may also have the opportunity to attend tours and network with current lecturers and PhD students within the Department.

Course dates

25th August 2019 - 30th August 2019

Number of places

20

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

A-Levels must include a science subject (Geography is accepted as a science)

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Subject overview

The summer school will give participants a taste of a number of strands of research-led teaching. In the past, topics have included popular culture in the middle ages, politics and dissent in the early modern period and much more. Students may also have the opportunity to attend tours and network with current lecturers and PhD students within the Department. We look forward to introducing you to some of the work done here in the Durham History Department and hope that our summer school will be memorable and fun!

Course dates

18th August 2019 - 23rd August 2019

Number of places

25

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

History at A-Level or equivalent

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Subject overview

During the summer school we will explore the fundamentals of the English legal system, with particular reference to constitutional law, criminal law, human rights and jurisprudence. There will be lectures, the opportunity to discuss and debate the issues in seminars, and most likely a group project to allow you to put your newly-acquired knowledge and skills to the test. Students may also have the opportunity to attend tours and network with current lecturers and PhD students within the Department.

Course dates

18th August 2019 - 23rd August 2019

Number of places

25

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

None

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Subject overview

The Summer School will give participants a taste of how it feels to be a mathematician, and an opportunity to visit the exciting world of creating mathematics and discovering mathematical truth. The sessions are run in a lively, interactive way, helping every participant on their journey to broaden the horizons of their knowledge. We plan to discuss a variety of topics which may include mathematical induction, Dirichlet's principle, and invariants to name just a few. Students may also have the opportunity to attend tours and network with current lecturers and PhD students within the Department.

Course dates

25th August 2019 - 30th August 2019

Number of places

No specific course capacity

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

A-Levels must include both Maths and Further Maths for this subject

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Subject overview

During the summer school, students will be given a taste of what learning a language and its culture means at University level. Students carry out a variety of tasks in French, all with the final aim of giving an insight of what makes French people “tick”, and building confidence in using the language. Students may also have the opportunity to attend tours and network with current lecturers and PhD students within the Department.

Course dates

25th August 2019 - 30th August 2019

Number of places

No specific course capacity

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

A-Levels must include French in order to study this subject

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Subject overview

As one of the leading centres for the study of music in Britain Durham's Music Department have an international reputation for the quality of their teaching. The department attracts talented and highly motivated students from all over the UK and abroad, who make up a friendly and vibrant undergraduate community. Students engage in a wide variety of practical music making both in their degree course and outside, in ensembles ranging from orchestras, chamber groups and choirs to a Javanese gamelan and Korean percussion group. Music at Durham covers everything from the music of the great composers to contemporary music and Indian ragas, studied from the perspectives of history, theory, aesthetics and ethnography as well as through composition and performance.

Course dates

25th August 2019 - 30th August 2019

Number of places

No specific course capacity

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

A-Levels must include Music for this subject or if not taking Music, have or will have ABRSM Grader VIII Theory on top of three A-Levels

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Subject overview

During the summer school students will explore a range of topics across both Philosophy and Theology and Religion, showing where common ground leads to fascinating connections and also giving you a flavor of what is more distinctive about the two kinds of academic department. With an emphasis on exploration and open discussion, the sessions will help develop skills in critical thinking, analysis of controversial issues, and engaging with a range of perspectives and source materials.

Course dates

25th August 2019 - 30th August 2019

Number of places

No specific course capacity

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

None

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Subject overview

The summer school programme that you will participate hopes to allow you to experience first-hand the joy and wonder of gaining knowledge through studying things in a logical way using quantitative measurements. The assessed project will change every year. After a range of lectures about everything from Astronomy to Nanotechnology, previous students have tackled some advanced Physics problems, which they then presented back to the class at the end of the week. Students may also have the opportunity to attend tours and network with current lecturers and PhD students within the Department.

Course dates

18th August 2019 - 23rd August 2019

Number of places

27

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

A-Levels must include both Maths and Physics for this subject

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Subject overview

Studying Politics at university is all about asking questions regarding the political and social world around us and uncovering answers through independent and group research. The Sutton Trust programme will give a taste of what this is like by engaging participants in the type of questions addressed by first year undergraduates. As well as attending lectures and seminars given by academic staff participants will develop some of the key skills necessary for undergraduate study by analysing significant texts, participating in debates and using a range of excellent resources to complete a research task. Students may also have the opportunity to attend tours and network with current lecturers and PhD students within the Department.

Course dates

25th August 2019 - 30th August 2019

Number of places

15

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

None

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Subject overview

Studying Psychology at the Summer School will give you the opportunity to learn what it is really like to study as a student at Durham! Not only will you get to spend time in the department and familiarise yourself with how Psychology at Durham is taught, but you will get to work with current experts in the field. There are so many different areas to study within Psychology and the summer school will give you an exciting introduction to the possibilities of Psychology at degree level. Students may also have the opportunity to attend tours and network with current lecturers and PhD students within the Department.

Course dates

25th August 2019 - 30th August 2019

Number of places

No specific course capacity

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

Must have a 5 (or grade B) in GCSE Maths for this subject

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Subject overview

Durham University’s Department of Sociology is where academics, postgraduate researchers, and students are collectively developing and applying their ‘sociological imagination’ to a number of contemporary social problems. In our rapidly changing world, there has never been a more important time to look at the world through a Sociological lens and engage in theoretically driven research and teaching that makes a difference. At Durham this subject area includes Criminology, Sociology, Social Work and Social Reserach Methods, as well as a range of inter-disciplinary topics that cross one or more of them. Our leading research informs our undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes which students at the summer school have the opportunity to explore. Students may also have the opportunity to attend tours and network with current lecturers and PhD students within the Department.

Course dates

25th August 2019 - 30th August 2019

Number of places

No specific course capacity

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

None

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Subject overview

Studying sport, exercise and physical activity involves engaging with contemporary issues and subjects ranging from the development of elite athletes to encouraging participation amongst young people for the first time. The rare capacity of sport to touch our lives means that it is used positively to address issues such as obesity, crime and community development, while also reflecting societal problems such as drug abuse and inequality. During the summer school students will have the opportunity to study and more challenges found within this varied discipline. Students will also have the opportunity to attend tours and network with current lecturers and PhD students within the Department.

Course dates

25th August 2019 - 30th August 2019

Number of places

No specific course capacity

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

None

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