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Summer Schools


About the summer schools

Our Summer Schools offer participants a varied insight into life at a research intensive and competitive university. These include staying in our halls of residence, attending academic sessions and experiencing the social and sport facilities on our campus. Participants will also be able to interact with our Ambassadors who are current students at the University.

The University of Warwick Outreach team have been holding Summer Schools for UK students from non-traditional backgrounds since 2012. Last year we welcomed over two hundred students aged between 15 and 18 years old on to our campus.

Warwick Summer Schools take place in July and early August, and applications will open in January 2018. If you are interested in attending one of our 2018 Summer Schools, please check the criteria below for each Summer School. If you believe you are eligible, please register your interest on the form to the right, and we will then contact you with further details when applications are open.


Widening Participation
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Key Facts

The key information is contained within this menu. Open each section to find out more.

This year the Year 10 Summer School dates are Wednesday 4th - Saturday 7th July.
    The Experience Warwick Y10 Summer School 2017 will offer participants the opportunity to undertake a wide variety of academic sessions delivered by University lecturers and staff, as well as taking part in non-academic activity.
    There will be a group challenge throughout the summer school with presentations and prize giving on the final day; on the last night there will be a themed Gala Dinner. Accommodation in halls of residence, activities, excursions, meals and transport during the summer school will all be provided by the University free of charge.
      The summer school will give participants a varied insight into life at the University. These include staying in halls of residence, different types of learning in a wide range of settings and experiencing the social and sporting facilities the University has to offer. Participants will also be able to interact with Student Ambassadors who are current students at the University and will act as Group Leaders during the event.
        The summer school aims to motivate students to aspire to, and achieve, a place on a university course that matches their needs and interests; as well as encouraging them to aim for the most competitive courses at the most competitive institutions.
          Application procedure
            If you think you are eligible and are from any of our local Experience Warwick partner schools then please submit your application through your school or Virtual Head.
              Participants must meet at least three of the four following eligibility criteria:
                •student is eligible for free school meals/Pupil Premium/or equivalent
                •student comes from a lower socio economic background
                •student does not have a background of HE in their immediate families
                •student has the potential to enter Higher Education
                •student is living or has lived in local authority care.
                This year the Year 12 Summer School dates are Tuesday 10th to Saturday 14th July 2018.
                  Our Year 12 Summer School 2017 gave sixty three students based around the UK the opportunity to experience what it is like to study at a top research university. They attended a varied programme of academic sessions and took part in a group research project with the aim of solving a world challenge. The panel of academics was impressed by the groups' analytical and presentation skills.
                    This year, the participants also tried a new activity during our societies tasters, which included bubble football, climbing and ukulele to name only a few… We would like to thank all of the participants for coming to our campus!
                      •Application procedure
                        Students apply online for a place at the Experience Warwick Year 12 Summer School.A link will be displayed on this page to apply in January. As part of the application process students are asked to provide a teacher contact. Once the student has submitted their application form, we will get in touch with the teacher contact to verify the information provided and to gain consent for the student to attend the summer school. Applications will reopen in January 2018.
                        To be eligible you must be in Year 12 and meet all of the following criteria:
                        •Have achieved at least 8 A* to C grades or 9-4 grades at GCSE (or equivalent, eg GNVQ, BTEC Certificate) including English Language and Mathematics.
                        •Of these 8 GCSEs or equivalent, at least 5 must be A* to B grades or 9-6 grades.
                        •Be a Home/EU registered student.
                          You must also meet at least two of the following
                          •Live in a neighbourhood which has a low progression rate to higher education or an area which has a high level of financial, social or economic deprivation. This is defined by home postcode.
                          •Come from a home where neither parent attended university in the UK or abroad.(If one or more parent is currently studying their first degree, or graduated from their first degree within the last five years, an application will still be considered).
                          •Be in receipt of or entitled to discretionary payments/16-19 bursary/Pupil Premium at school/college
                          •Be in receipt of or entitled to free school meals.
                          Or alternatively meet the following:
                          •Be living in, or have lived in, local authority care or be a young carer.
                            If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Marie Diebolt - Year 12 Summer School Manager at
                            This year the Year 11 Summer School dates are Monday 30th July to Saturday 4th August 2018
                              A unique partnership with the University of Warwick and Queen Mary, University of London. This exciting event is a free six day residential programme exploring what it is like to pursue further study and a degree or career in the Health Sciences in a unique partnership with the University of Warwick and Queen Mary, University of London. Students spend time at both universities exploring student life on a campus and in a city.

                              Programme Overview
                              • Meet your Summer School group and Student Ambassadors.
                              • Take part in a range of academic sessions allowing you to explore a range of Health Sciences professions.
                              • Participate in personal development sessions based around work experience and career choices.
                              • Build essential skills and knowledge to pursue a degree in the Health Sciences.
                              • Evening activities at Warwick will allow you to experience a campus university and in London sample student life in the capital city.
                              • Accommodation in halls of residence, meals, transport, activities and excursions during the Summer School will be provided free of charge.

                              Places on the Experience Health Sciences Year 11 Summer School are limited and aimed at students from non-selective state schools who are amongst the most academically able in their schools.
                                Applicants must be from the West Midlands area and meet at least three of the following criteria:
                                • Predicted to achieve 8 A* to C grades at GCSE
                                • Come from a home where neither parent has attended university in the UK or abroad
                                • In receipt (or eligible) for Free School Meals
                                • In receipt of discretionary means tested payments or eligible for pupil premium
                                • Live in an eligible postcode area (neighbourhood with low progression rate to higher education or with high level of financial, social and economic deprivation)
                                • Living or having lived in Local Authority Care.
                                  The Warwick Sutton Trust Summer School 2018 will take place from 29 July to 3 August
                                    The Sutton Trust Summer School will involve a range of academic, informative and social activities designed to replicate a 1st year undergraduate experience at a world-class university. You will be taught by leading academics and post-graduate students in a range of lecture based, interactive and discursive seminar group work sessions. Current Warwick students will also support you throughout the week, answering questions about student life and generally being that friendly face to make sure you feel at home.
                                    You will stay in the University's Halls of Residences on campus with all catering provided throughout the week, including a Formal Dinner on the final evening. A range of social activities in the evenings will ensure that you have the opportunity to relax, get to know each other and talk to Warwick students.
                                    The experience should leave you inspired and enthused about your subject, feeling equipped to embrace the next stages of your educational journey in terms of making an informed decision about your future. Of course, we also hope that you will also make friends for life, a significant part of any university experience.
                                      Academic subjects available will be confirmed by December 2017
                                          "A week at Warwick University-what more could you ask for. I’m Agithan, a South-Londoner, and let me tell you about how special my experience was, taking part in the economics stream at the Warwick Sutton Trust Summer School.
                                          As a Londoner, I was afraid that I may not fit in to the Coventry lifestyle and dreaded the idea of not making new friends. How I was so wrong in thinking that! Upon arrival at Coventry station, I was able to instantly mingle with other students on the programme where most were on different streams, such as politics and physics.
                                          The mentors and staff could not have been more helpful and welcoming as they would do all they could to aid us in our projects and also alleviate many concerns and questions raised about university life.
                                          Warwick university did an amazing job in organizing this summer school to ensure that we, as students, benefitted most from speaking to university students and lecturers and to allow us to also experience the ‘non-academic’ and less stressful side of university.
                                          By the end of this week, I had made many new friends from different parts of the UK and honestly, I wish I could do it all again. Notably, the most important fact I took away from my time in Warwick is that going to university is a once in a lifetime opportunity and this summer school cemented my aspirations of going to Warwick to study Economics."
                                          -Agithan Thuraisingham
                                          •How do I apply for an Experience Warwick Summer School?
                                          The application form for all our summer schools can be found on the right hand side of the page. Further questoions can be emailed to where a member of our team will be happy to help.
                                            •How do I know that I am eligible to apply?
                                            The elegibility is listed under each individual Summer School tab.If you have any questions about the criteria then please contact us via email at and a member of staff will be more than happy to advise.
                                              •Am I allowed to call my parents/carers whilst on the summer school?
                                              Of course! If you need to contact your parents whilst you are on the summer school and don't have your mobile phone with you then you are more than welcome to speak to one of the members of staff who will find a way to put you in contact with your parents/carers.
                                                •What if I feel homesick whilst on a summer school?
                                                It is completely normal to feel homesick and you might feel you’d rather be on your own but remember that the feeling will pass. Your group leader or a member of staff is available for a chat, anytime. They are here to support you during your time at the Summer School.
                                                  •You are observing Ramadan or have any other religious requirements.
                                                  You will be asked to complete a section regarding any additional requirements during the application process. We try to ensure we can cater to all religious requirements when you attend the summer school, if you have any additional needs just let us know.
                                                    •What happens if I get ill on a summer school?
                                                    Firstly we hope that you don't get ill but if you do then we will contact your parent/carer.

                                                    Apply for our summer schools

                                                    Applications for all 2018 Summer Schools will open in January 2018. Please register your interest here.