University Summer Schools UK 2019

University Summer Schools UK 2019

The following residential events are open to all (subject to qualifying criteria). Where these are not organised by Next Steps South West,  please follow the link provided to find out more.

Downing College at Cambridge University – South West Residential

This South West Residential is an annual visit taking place on Tuesday 25th-Thursday 27th June 2019. It is aimed at high-achieving Year 12 students from state schools in Cornwall, Devon, and Dorset who want to find out more about life at Cambridge as an undergraduate! All accommodation, meals and activities are provided free of charge, and Downing also reimburses travel expenses up to £150, when tickets are purchased using a 16-25 railcard.

When: Tuesday 25th-Thursday 27th June 2019
Closing date for booking: 20 May 2019

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University of the Creative Arts – Art and Design Summer Schools (Canterbury & Rochester)

Our exciting residential and non-residential Summer Schools are led by experienced creative practitioners and industry professionals. They give you a chance to experience living and learning like a university student.

Throughout the Summer School you will gain the confidence and capacity to express your ideas, develop your creative practice and expand your portfolio of work. You will then have the opportunity to exhibit your work and learn how to set up a gallery space.

Art and Design Summer School – 3rd – 5th July 2019 – UCA Canterbury

Date: 03 – 05 July 2019
Year Group: Year 10, 11, 12 & 13

Art and Design Summer School – 17 – 19th July 2019 – UCA Rochester

Date: 17-19th July 2019
Year Group: Year 10, 11, 12 & 13

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Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts – Get Ready one-day summer taster event

This free, one-day summer taster event is for UK-based students who will be at the end of Year 12 (or an equivalent level of study) in August 2019. You will spend focused-time improving your skills in your chosen area of either Acting, Dance, Making Performance Possible, Music or Singing, in much the same way that university students do.

When: 6th August 2019
Time: 10.30 – 17.00
Closing date for booking: 01 June 2019

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Lancaster University – New Political Minds Summer School

We offer five Summer Schools throughout the year, one for each of our Lancaster University faculties. These Summer Schools offer a range of subject strands and allow you to get to know students across a range of similar disciplines.

Science & Technology – Monday 8th to Friday 12th July 2019.

Natural Sciences – The chance to sample multiple science subjects in the style of a natural sciences degree. Subject sessions may include Chemistry, Maths, Sports Science and more.

Maths – Tackle a number of statistical problems over the week as you aim to answer key questions and explore the world of probability and randomness.

Psychology – Gain a fascinating insight into the real-world of Forensic Psychology through real-time studies, examples and research to discover there is more to CSI TV than meets the eye.

Geography, Biosciences & Environmental Sciences – Discover subjects from across our Lancaster Environment Centre as you spend a day studying each of Geography, Environmental Science and Ecology/Biology and dive deep into the world around us.

Computer Science – Explore the world of computer science and systems at University and get a chance to code your very own Micro:bit.

Biochemistry & Biomedicine – Monday 8th to Friday 12th July 2019.

Biochemistry – Explore the world of living organisms at a molecular level through sessions on protein structure, the principles of protein folding and protein separation techniques. You will take part in laboratory work, lectures and group tasks as you explore the subject in more detail.

Biomedicine – Focus on the molecules and mechanisms fundamental to immunity and how these are disrupted by disease. Discover components of blood and how our acquired immune system works. Lab practicals will be centred upon blood cell identification, HIV and leukaemia.

Arts & Social Sciences – Sunday 21st to Thursday 25th July 2019

English Literature – Explore the concept of ‘Beginnings’ in literature through exploring novels, discussion work and sampling our unique University library Special Collections.

History – Discover the use, importance and development of commemorations of war and how memorials are utilised across the world and important place they hold in both the history of our country and our knowledge of war.

Sociology – The content of the 2019 Sociology Summer School will be finalised and communicated shortly.

Contemporary Arts (LICA) – Experience the full range of Contemporary Arts subjects available at Lancaster through a week of varying tasters and chance to sample sessions from a number of departments.

Business & Management – Sunday 21st to Thursday 25th July 2019

Our Business & Management Summer School follows one strand, offering a taster of a number of subjects across our Lancaster University Management School (LUMS). The week is designed to closely replicate that of LUMS students and allows you to apply business thinking and concepts to a project through subject expertise across the school. Subjects forming part of the Summer School may include Economics, Marketing and Management Science.

Medicine – Sunday 28th April to Thursday 2nd May 2019

Our Medicine Summer School aims to provide you with a full insight into life at Lancaster University, balancing skills development and experience of undergraduate level study with social and leisure activities.

During this event, you will have the opportunity to try problem-based learning (PBL), a form of small group teaching used in many UK medical schools, and will gain an understanding of the breadth of knowledge learned during a medical degree. You’ll explore a medically-relevant scenario and research topics related to this scenario, with the opportunity to feed back to your peers what you have learned. You’ll also participate in clinical skills and clinical anatomy teaching sessions to observe the variety of learning environments at medical school.

Year group: Year 12
Closing date for booking: 16 May 2019

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University of Cumbria (Carlisle, Lancaster & Ambleside)

Considering university? Want to know if it’s for you before you commit? How about trying it out first? Our FREE summer school is the perfect opportunity for you to come and experience university life and studies for real in a fun-filled residential. You’ll live on campus, attend workshops in the specific subject that you’re interested in studying, and develop skills to smoothly ease you into university life.

  • 100% free – including your meals, accommodation and travel
  • Receive UCAS application support
  • Find out more about the range of courses available at university – discover options for your future
  • Meet new people, experience our friendly campuses and their fantastic locations

Year 10 & 11 Summer School – Carlisle 

Tuesday 9th – Thursday 11th July 2019

Pathways available:

  • Health
  • Sport
  • Performing Arts
  • Creative Arts
  • Teaching
  • Policing and Criminology

Year 12 & 13 Summer School – Lancaster

Tuesday 9th – Friday 12th July 2019

Pathways available:

  • Sport Courses
  • Diagnostic Radiography
  • Psychology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Working with Children and Families
  • Social Work
  • Physiotherapy
  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Performing Arts
  • Primary Education
  • Business
  • Law
  • Policing
  • Criminology

Year 12 & 13 Summer School – Ambleside

Monday 15th – Wednesday 17th July 2019

Pathways available:

  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Conservation Courses
  • Zoology
  • Forensic and Investigative Sciences
  • Forestry
  • Geography
  • Outdoor Courses

When: See above
Closing date for booking: 03 June 2019

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Next Steps South West –  Year 10 Summer Residential – Penryn, Cornwall

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s really like to be a student in higher education, then this is your chance to find out.

During this 3-day residential, you will stay in student accommodation (Glasney Village) for two nights while taking part in a range of taster workshops during the days with University of Exeter and Falmouth University lecturers. Subject areas include the sciences and the creative arts. You will also find out more about student finance, study techniques, and how to get in to university.

When: 10 – 12 July 2019

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University of Lincoln – Creative Futures Summer Schools

This year we have six exciting options for students aged 15-19 who are considering a future in the creative and cultural industries. Each course is designed to give a taster of university courses in each subject. Through a series of hands on activities and workshops you will explore what it is like to study creative subjects at University. Each 5-day summer school will run from 9:30 to 4:30, Monday to Friday and is targeted at students in years 10 to 13 or equivalent.

Discovering Design, 15 July to 19 July
This week is broken down into a series of hands-on taster workshops based around design disciplines of product design, communications design and interior design, and will develop your confidence and explore your creative identity.

Fashion & Millinery Experience, 15 July to 19 July
This course aims to provide students with an understanding of key fashion concepts, and draw up customer profiles. Students will be introduced to fashion illustration and the basics of manipulating a head to toe look and the process involved. The week is intended to develop creativity, produce work for portfolios, and to be fun and exciting.

Contemporary Dance, 22 July to 26 July
A taster of a University dance course, experience practical, professional training with daily technique classes in different styles, choreographic and creative workshops and an end of week sharing performance for family and friends.

Acting and Stage Combat, 22 July to 26 July
Learn the essential techniques for acting and stage combat, as well as key performance skills to build confidence in yourself and the ability to perform on stage and in everyday life. You will also be able to take a qualification in Unarmed Combat.

Architecture of the Future, 29 July to 2 August
This intensive short course is a fantastic opportunity for those aiming to advance their knowledge and skills in the field of spatial design. It will help you to produce a portfolio of creative work that is needed when applying for undergraduate courses in disciplines such as architecture, construction and urban design. The focus is on the advancement of technologies in designing future cities. You will have the chance to develop your knowledge of new materials, technologies and climatic design, as well as developing your skills in sculpture and model making, 3D scanning, mixed media presentation, scaled drawing, digital design, and effective design communication.

Future Filmmakers, 29 July – 2 August
Do you want to be the next YouTube sensation? Using your own smartphone you will develop, film and edit your own short film and then learn how best to upload this to YouTube and other social media channels.

When: See above
Time: 09.30 – 16.30
Closing date for booking: 03 June 2019

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University of Northampton – One-off opportunity for Year 12

Pathways are passionate about working with Schools to inspire young people from all backgrounds to consider going to University. So, to help your students decide if the University is the right thing for them, we are running a free 2 day residential VIP (Very Important Prep) event on campus, and we would really like you and your NCOP students to come along.

There is an entire schedule of activities to suit every student including:

  • Fantastic student life talks hearing from those currently studying here
  • A trip to the Students’ Union
  • Dinner on campus and an evening activity
  • Learning first-hand about what it means to go to University
  • How we teach
  • How they learn
  • And the best part is……your students get to stay overnight in our Halls of Residence!

Year group: Year 12
When: Tuesday 16th & Wednesday 17th July 2019

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Edge Hill University – Year 12 Summer Residential

The Education Liaison and Events Team are able to offer opportunities for Year 12 (Year 13 if in Northern Ireland) and 1st Year college students to experience life on campus during the course of a four-day, three night summer residential visit. A wide range of departments are taking part and students will select the subject area they are most interested in pursuing at university, in order to get a real insight into what it would be like to study that subject. All residential attendees will have access to the University Library and IT network for the duration of the residential.

When: 29 July – 01 August / 05 – 08 August 2019
Closing date for booking: N/A

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University of Leicester – Year 12 Residential 2019

For 2019 Pathways have teamed up with the Post-16 team at University of Leicester to allocate spaces to Y12 pupils who live in an NCOP ward. To find out more about this residential, please get in touch by email or follow the link below.


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