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Courses | Pre-University Summer School at Warwick University

Course Options

Taught by Warwick staff, our courses are packed with lectures and seminars, a guest speaker, sessions on applying to study in the UK and personal development skills workshops.

Our three academic courses allow you to experience university teaching in the subjects of your choice - you can find out more about each course below.

No matter which course you choose, they have all been designed to include personal development sessions to enhance your skills and lots of experiences which will help you to prepare for studying in the UK. You should go away feeling more confident and more prepared having gained invaluable insights.

There are no subject specific requirements for the courses, but you should be enthusiastic about the academic content and considering applying to (or have already applied to) university.

A Taste of Economics and Finance

Students on our Taste of Economics and Finance course will learn some of the key concepts of game theory, behavioural economics, macro and microeconomics, environmental economics and finance in the 21st century.

A Taste of Social Sciences

Students on our Taste of Social Sciences course will have the chance to discover more about five of our exciting Social Science subjects on offer at Warwick: Law, Education Studies, Philosophy, Politics and Sociology.

A Taste of Science and Engineering

Students on our Taste of Science and Engineering course will be able to sample a range of exciting STEM disciplines: Psychology, Engineering, Computer Sciences, Life Sciences, Maths and Statistics.

Personal Development

During the personal development sessions, you will focus on important skills such as effective listening, note making and research skills, enabling you to get the most out of university learning experiences. The sessions will complement the academic learning so you'll get an opportunity to apply some of the new knowledge that you've learnt in an interactive way.

Preparing for Study in the UK

Each course also includes two practical sessions on 'Applying to University in the UK’ and how it all works, and a ‘Personal Statement Workshop’ to help you understand what universities are looking for and how to make the most of your statement. These sessions include question and answer opportunities with current students.

Guest Lecture

The Pre-University Summer School programme includes an interactive guest lecture with an eminent figure. The speakers who come to the Summer School cover a range of topics to broaden your education, insights and views, and allow you to ask questions and debate the topics they discuss. Click here to find out who the 2024 Pre-University Summer School Guest Lecture is. 

Example Timetable

Week 1

During your first week, you'll have time to settle in to your accommodation, meet your ambassadors and get to know your fellow students. There will be team building activities and a guest lecture, with the first week ending with a trip to London.

  • Airport Pick-up (if booked)
  • Registration
  • Welcome BBQ and Games
  • Settling in to Halls

Week 2

In the second week of the programme, you'll continue with your academic classes and skills sessions, and will have the opportunity to present your team's group work to the wider Summer School group. We'll have more social activities, including a trip to Oxford, bowling, and our farewell presentation.

  • Lectures
  • Skills Session
  • Writing Your Personal Statement Workshop
  • Bowling and Dinner