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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 2019 Sutton Trust Summer School we are offering the following streams:

Week one: Sunday 7 July 2019 – Friday 12 July 2019 

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
Historical studies (includes history, history or art, classics and archaeology) No specific subjects 
Law, politics and international relations No specific subjects
Medicine and medical sciences  Biology and chemistry
Psychology, sociology and criminology No specific subjects


Week two: Sunday 21 July 2019 – Friday 26 July 2019

Subject streams A level subject(s) required 

Engineering, maths and computer science 

Geography (including physical and human geography) 

Literature, language and culture

One science and/or maths 


No specific subjects 

Medicine and medical sciences  Biology and chemistry
Philosophy, theology and ethics  No specific subjects 
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 note applications for 2019 are now closed. Thank you for your interest. 

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.