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Nottingham Potential Summer School

The Nottingham Potential Summer School is a unique opportunity for high-achieving Year 12 students from the Midlands to join us at the University of Nottingham for a week of living, learning and socialising like a university student – for free!

To find out more about what to expect and the benefits of attending the summer school, please watch the video below and check out our frequently asked questions page or previous Summer School Ambassador profiles.

Download our example programme.


Is it for you?

We are offering the following streams in 2018:

Week one (July 2018 – date TBC)

Architecture, engineering and physics

Taking one or more of physics, maths, technology or geography

Law, politics and international relations No specific subjects required  
Nursing and midwifery  Taking a science subject at A-level   
Pharmacy Taking chemistry and one further science from biology, physics or maths at A-level   
Psychology and philosophy  No specific subjects required  
Week two (July 2018 – date TBC)

Business, maths and economics 

No specific subjects required 


English, American and film studies Taking English at A-level   
Medicine  Taking biology and chemistry at A-level   
Medical physiology  Taking biology and chemistry at A-level   
Sustainable chemistry Taking chemistry at A-level  

To find out more please watch the video below, check out our frequently asked questions page or alternatively you can call us on 0115 846 6962.

You can also see our previous Summer School Ambassador profiles.  

Eligbility criteria (please expand)
    To apply, you must:
  • go to a local/state maintained school in the Midlands
  • have at least 7 A*–C or 9–4 (TBC) grades at GCSE (or equivalent) including English and Maths
  • be studying relevant subjects for the strand applied for

Places are limited, so first priority will be given to students who are also (one of the following):

  • living in a household which receives Child Tax Credit or an equivalent means-tested benefit (evidence required)
  • have a disability affecting your studies
  • are in, or have been in, local authority care/looked after

Priority is then given to students who (two of the following):

  • live in a household with an income under £42,600
  • have parents who have not been to university
  • You attend a school/college with an average point score per academic entry of under 32.11 (teachers can advise on this)

Where subject strands are oversubscribed, priority will be given to eligible students who have more A* and A grades.

Students must be under the age of 18 at the time of the summer school.

Applications for the 2018 Nottingham Potential Summer Schools can be made online from January 2018. If you have any questions, please contact the Summer School Team on 0115 846 6962 or email  summer-school@nottingham.ac.uk”