Year 12 students play with sand as part of a geographical exercise.

This summer school will broaden your knowledge of STEM and give you a taste of what it’s like to study at university.

At a glance

  • 19-23 July and 26-30 July 2021
  • Residential
  • For year 12 students
  • Applications are now closed - we will let you know if your application was successful through our application portal by 23.59 on 28 April 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please be aware that due to COVID-19, all our programmes and summer schools 2021 are currently running through our dedicated online platforms. Our first priority remains the safety and well-being of our staff, students and programme participants.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and will continue to do the best we can to safely support all of our programme participants.

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About the Sutton Trust Summer School

This year 12 residential summer school is designed to give students a taste of what it’s like to study at Imperial. Over the course of a week, you’ll increase your subject knowledge, gain practical skills and work in groups just like real university students.

This summer school is fully funded (free to successful applicants), which includes all course fees, materials, accommodation, three meals a day as well as any trips that are part of the summer school. We will also reimburse your travel to and from the summer school (by public transport), but you will need to make your own travel arrangements. If your application is successful, we will provide further guidance on travel.

What to expect

When you apply, you choose one of nine subject strands to study from the list below and can select the one that interests you the most. We’ve created each subject strand to reflect the choice of subjects you can study at Imperial. The content of each strand is similar to what our undergraduate students cover in their first year.

You’ll also have the chance to take part in practical workshops throughout the week where you will learn new skills, under the guidance of College staff and current undergraduate students. College staff are on-hand to answer any questions you have about choosing your course, applying to Imperial and student finance.

At the end of the week, you join a small group of fellow students and have the opportunity to present a concept you’ve learned from your subject strand to a panel of judges and guests. This is a great chance for you to develop some of the key skills you will use at university – like presenting and working in groups.

Year 12 Sutton Trust summer school promo

Students in Year 12 Sutton Trust summer school

"I was very surprised to find so many like-minded people enthusiastic about the subject and how diverse the mentors were. The favourite parts of the week were the sessions (especially the ones about space) and the activities where we were able to just relax and have fun. I was surprised to see how well the social group worked as well as we all just seemed to click after only a day! To other people applying, I would say go for it and make sure just to have fun, but most importantly to engage!"

— Jane, year 12 student, Sutton Trust Summer School 2020 (mathematics stream)

Applicant information

Programme dates

You have a choice of two sets of dates (each a week long). When you apply you will be asked to select one of the following weeks and one of the subject strands available:

WEEK 1: 19-23 July 2021

Subjects include:

  • Chemistry
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Biosciences
  • Physics


WEEK 2:  26-30 July 2021

Subjects include:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Earth and Planetary Science
  • Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Molecular Bioengineering

Eligibility criteria

There are subject-specific entry requirements for each subject strand. Please visit the Sutton Trust Website for more information.

How to apply

Applications are now closed.

All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by 23.59 on 28 April 2021.

Contact us

For more information, please see our Outreach Programme FAQs.

If your query is not answered in the FAQs, please email us via or phone +44 (0) 20 7594 7328.

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MS Teams guides for use during summer 2021

MS Teams Participant Guide 2021 - laptop or computer

MS Teams Participant Guide 2021 - phone or tablet