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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. 

During the summer school 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 an example programme from one of our summer schools.


Is it for you?

For our 2018 Sutton Trust Summer School we are offering the following streams:

Week one: Sunday 8 July – Friday 13 July 2018 

Subject streams A level subject(s) required
Biological sciences: Exploring the Living World  Biology and one other science
Chemistry, physics and astronomy Chemistry and Physics or Maths
Law, politics and international relations No specific subjects 
Historical studies (includes history, history or art, classics and archaeology) No specific subjects
Geography (including physical and human geography)  Geography
Psychology, Sociology and Criminology No specific subjects


Week two: Sunday 22 July – Friday 27 July 2018

Subject streams A level subject(s) required 
Literature, Language and Culture  No specific subjects 
Philosophy, Theology and Ethics  No specific subjects 
Engineering, Maths and Computer Science  One science and/or Maths 
Medicine and Medical Sciences  Biology and Chemistry  
Veterinary Medicine and the Science of Animals Biology and Chemistry 

To apply for the summer school, 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 or 6 grades at GCSE or five A/B passes at National 5
  • 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

Please be aware that the deadline for submitting your application is midnight on Thursday 8th March 2018.

To find out more about our summer school, 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.