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UCL is a multi-disciplinary university, home to centres of teaching excellence in subjects from medicine to languages, law to engineering and history to astrophysics. We are one of the world’s very best universities, consistently placed in the global top 20 in a wide range of world rankings. Currently 10th in the QS World University Rankings (2019) and 3rd in Europe.

Our central London location gives our students access the best in entertainment, nightlife, and cultural and academic resources. We are close to, and have teaching and research links with, countless hospitals, museums, galleries, libraries and professional bodies.

Around 90% of UCL graduates enter work or further study within six months of graduating (‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey HESA, looking at destinations of UK and EU graduates in the 2016 cohort).

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Subject overview

What is English Literature? What makes some texts ‘literature’ and other texts not? Whose voices are heard and whose are silenced? How has literature in English developed over time? What do we mean when we talk about narrative?

This course opens up some key debates about what literature is, how our definition of literature has changed, and how we define narrative. We follow the first-year undergraduate Narrative Texts course by looking at several key ‘canonical’ texts among others, using these to develop an understanding of the role they play in how English Literature is studied and theorised. Seminar sessions will leave space to question why some works have entered the ‘canon’ and others have not. This interdisciplinary course introduces an array of texts from a diverse set of perspectives and historical periods and allows for a variety of methods and approaches to different media. In addition to novels, plays and poetry, the course encourages students to explore and compare film, visual art and other media, with visits to galleries and museums to complement and enhance the week’s lectures and seminars.

Course dates

23rd July 2019 - 26th July 2019

Number of places

25

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

A-Levels:
Applicants must be studying English Literature or combined English Literature and Language; be likely to achieve a minimum of AAA at A-Level; and have achieved at least five A*-B or 9-5 grades at GCSE.

Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers:
A,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher). English Literature required at Advanced Higher.

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Subject overview

This Summer School will introduce you to the study of law at university, through introductory sessions on law and legal studies, as well as sessions on substantive law in areas such as Criminal, Contract, Family and Employment Law. Teaching and learning will be via a combination of lectures, small group teaching and interactive workshops. You may also have the opportunity to visit one of the Inns of Court and/or a law firm and/or the Supreme Court. By the end of the Summer School you will have a greater understanding of what studying law at University entails and a greater understanding the legal profession and of the paths to becoming a lawyer.

Course dates

23rd July 2019 - 26th July 2019

Number of places

25

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

A-Levels:
No specific subjects required. Applicants must be likely to achieve a minimum of A*AA at A-Level; and have achieved at least five A*-B or 9-5 grades at GCSE, with a B or 6 in English Language and Maths.

Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers:
A1,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher)

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Subject overview

Recently, Google’s AlphaGo became the first computer to beat the human world champion at Go - a game humans were expected always to outperform computers in. This is just one example of the power of modern computers and our ever-increasing dependence on them, from making money on the stock market to flying planes.

During this summer school, you will use Python programming language to build your own robot capable of playing the simpler Connect 4. You will learn about different strategies, and think about how computers can use them and see how computers are taught to do so many things. Finally, you will pitch your program against the other students in a tournament to see who is the ultimate tactician.

Course dates

23rd July 2019 - 26th July 2019

Number of places

20

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

Maths:
A Levels: A*A*A with A*A* in Mathematics and Further Mathematics, or A*AA with A*A in Mathematics and Further Mathematics, any order, and a 2 in any STEP Paper or a Distinction in the Mathematics AEA.. Applicants must also have GCSEs in English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5 and a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required.

Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers: A1,A1,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,A1 at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher) including Mathematics at A1, or A1,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher) including Mathematics at A1 and a 1 in any STEP paper.

Please also see information about Access UCL and Contextual Offers: //www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate/application/requirements/access-ucl

Computer Science:
A Levels: A*A*A with A*in Mathematics. Applicants must also have GCSEs in English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5 and a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required.

Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers: A1,A1,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,A1 at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher), to include Mathematics at Advanced Higher A1.

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Subject overview

Are you already studying a language or even two? Do you like exploring literature, films, art, music, food and all sorts of other cultural aspects of other countries? Are you curious about what studying languages and cultures at university would be like? Then come to our summer school!
The School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS) teaches no fewer than 11 different languages, and alongside the languages we also have a vast range of courses in everything cultural: French cinema, Italian Renaissance study, Latin American poetry, German medieval comic tales, material ‘stuff’ in the Viking age, Dutch socio-linguistics and much, much more!
The summer school will draw on as much of these languages and cultures as we can fit in one week. There will be morning lessons in French and Spanish** for those of you who study these languages, as well as some sessions with new and, well, more obscure languages (e.g Scandinavian ones). In the afternoons there will then be sessions on cultural topics, drawn from several of the six departments and making use of nearby facilities. To set it all up, we will start the week with considering what languages and cultures actually are, what they do and what they mean, and what they are “for”. The week-long group project task will be based on this session, while allowing you to use examples from all the other classes to explore its topic further. And somewhere along the way, there might also be some special European treats to be had…

So, welcome to SELCS!

*French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic and Old Norse.
** Might also include German and/or Italian

Course dates

23rd July 2019 - 26th July 2019

Number of places

25

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

A-Levels:
Applicants must be likely to achieve ABB with the A in your chosen language at A-Level, and have achieved at least five A*-B or 9-5 grades at GCSE.

Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers:
AAB-ABB at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher – AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher). The following is required if part of the combination: French grade A; Spanish grade A. For all other combinations an A-Level or equivalent in one of your chosen languages is required.

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Subject overview

This summer school aims to provide participants with an opportunity to learn about how theory and research in psychology can be applied to improving our understanding of education across the lifespan. This will involve interactive sessions discussing interesting research and the opportunity to design and conduct a small piece of research. Students will learn about the work of the department of Psychology and Human Development and will receive information around the degree and advice around the application process and future career pathways.

Participants will be introduced to the field of psychology as a science, through exploring how different behaviours can be measured and discussing the validity and reliability of these measures. Participants will take part in real experiments and explore the strengths and weaknesses of the measures used. Participants will also be taken to museums and/or exhibitions to gain a better understanding of the history of psychology and its applications.

The summer school aims to give students an experience of studying at university in terms of building independence and the ability to critically evaluate theory and research. At the end of the summer school, students will have a clear understanding of what psychology is, the key areas of study in the Psychology with Education undergraduate degree, knowledge of some of the skills required to pursue a career in psychology and education and the confidence to challenge the outcomes of research.

Course dates

23rd July 2019 - 26th July 2019

Number of places

20

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

A-Levels:
No specific subjects required. Applicants must be likely to achieve a minimum of AAA at A-Level; and have achieved at least five A*-B or 9-5 grades at GCSE, with a B or 6 in English Language and Maths.

Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers:
AAA at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher).

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