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Sutton Trust and Nottingham Potential Summer School FAQs

Here is a list of frequently asked questions and answers about the Nottingham Potential/Sutton Trust summer school:
What will the Nottingham Potential/Sutton Trust Summer School do for me?

It will provide you with first-hand experience of university – both campus life and academic courses. This experience will help you make important decisions about your higher education options and build the skills you need to follow your chosen route.

After you have attended, you will receive ongoing advice and guidance throughout Year 13 via our e-Mentoring scheme and be automatically enrolled on our Ambition Nottingham programme, which will assist you with your studies and exam preparation. You could also earn £1,000 a year (per year of study) if you complete the summer school and enrol as an undergraduate at the University. (Please note: this applies to students who qualify as "Home" for fees purposes only).

What will I do on the Nottingham Potential/Sutton Trust Summer School?

Both follow the same programme structure and include the same overall content.

You will stay in a hall of residence on the University Park Campus and enjoy breakfast and dinner in the hall dining room. You will attend four mornings of academic sessions delivered by leading researchers and lecturers related to your chosen subject stream.

In the afternoons, you will benefit from a range of skills development and social activities, including: personal statements, higher education finance, additional admissions tests, careers, leadership and sports activities and more. You will also complete a group work project with some of your fellow participants.

The evening social activities will provide you with a variety of opportunities to get to know the ambassadors and other participants, while exploring more of the university experience and developing further skills. The week finishes with the Celebration Evening – the perfect end to a week you won’t forget!

Which should I apply for – Sutton Trust or Nottingham Potential?
You can only apply for one summer school, so you should apply for the week that offers the subject stream you are most interested in studying at university level. If your preferred subject stream is offered on both summer schools and you live in the Midlands, apply for the Nottingham Potential Summer School, as this programme is only offered to regional students.
What do I have to do to get a place on a summer school?

You have to be studying in Year 12, going into Year 13, and attending a state-maintained school/college. Places are limited and selection is based on a number of school and personal criteria. The two programmes have slightly different eligibility criteria, so please check the relevant web page before applying.

Applications are all made online and the links will be available from January. Decisions will be made after the closing date, and we’ll contact you in April to let you know if you have a place.

How much will it cost?
Nothing. The Sutton Trust and Nottingham Potential Summer Schools are free and travel costs will be reimbursed. You can actually gain money as there is also a £1,000 a year bursary available to all who successfully complete the programme and then study with us!
What will the Student Ambassadors and e-Mentors be like?
They are all current students at the University, so they fully understand the kinds of choices you are now facing. They can tell you about why they decided to go to university and their graduation plans, as well as answer all your university and UCAS questions.
What is involved with the e-Mentoring scheme?
The e-Mentoring scheme will start immediately after the summer school and puts you in direct contact with a student from the University. They will be in touch with you throughout the year, helping you with UCAS forms, university choices and even revision ideas for your A2s. This is an invaluable support in year 13!

What is Ambition Nottingham?

All participants who attend on of our summer schools will be automatically enrolled on our Ambition programme, providing access to a wide range of support and activities in Year 13. Participants simply register for the activities relevant to them.

Most activities take place on our campus, but some are offered in London, for the convenience of our participants further afield. In addition to assisting you with exam preparation, the sessions will also give you a chance to catch up with your friends and e-Mentors from your summer school.