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Sutton Trust Summer School

The University of Nottingham Sutton Trust Summer School offers Year 12 students the opportunity to explore the university experience in depth, while developing the skills and knowledge required to progress onto the country’s top universities. 

You will spend five nights living at the University and enjoy a varied programme of activities – academic, social and personal development – which are all offered for free!

Download our example programme.


Is it for you?

In 2018 we are offering the following streams:

Week one (July 2018 – dates TBC)

Biological sciences

Taking biology and one other science at A-level



Chemistry, physics
and astronomy

Taking chemistry and physics at A-level



Law, politics and international relations

No specific subjects required



Historical studies (includes history, art history, classics and archaeology)

No specific subjects required



Geography (including physical and human geography)

Taking geography at A-level



Psychology and philosophy

No specific subjects required



Week two (July 2018 – dates TBC)

Engineering, maths and computer science

Cultures and languages

Taking at least one science subject and/or maths at A-level

No specific subjects required



Medicine and medical Sciences

Taking biology and chemistry at A-level



Sociology, theology and ethics

No specific subjects required



Veterinary medicine and the science of animals

Taking biology and chemistry at A-level



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

You can also see our previous Summer School Ambassador profiles.

Eligibility criteria (please expand)

To apply, you must:

  • be a home UK student in Year 12 or S5 or equivalent in Scotland

Priority will then be given to you if you meet all or most of the following criteria. If you are:

  • the first generation in your family to attend university or who have been eligible for free school meals
  • have at least five A*-As (9–8s) at GCSE or five credit passes at standard grade or equivalent
  • taking relevant subjects in relation to the subject stream you are applying for
  • attending a school or college with a low overall A-level, Higher/Advanced Higher (or equivalent) point score and/or schools or colleges with low progression to higher education
  • Living in a neighbourhood with low overall progression rates to higher education or high levels of socio-economic deprivation
  • are (or have been) looked after, accommodated or in care
  • under the age of 18 at the time of the summer school