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

  • 18 - 22 & 25 - 29 July 2022
  • Residential
  • For year 12 students
  • Applications will open on 11 January 2022

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 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 ten 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. In 2021 these were:

WEEK 1: 18 - 22 July 2022 

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

 OR

WEEK 2: 25 - 29 July 2022

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Genetics
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Eligibility criteria

We look forward to seeing applications from Year 12 students who have a passion for STEM subjects.

To apply for the Y12 Sutton Trust Summer School, you must be in Year 12 at the time of application.

Please note, due to the nature of residential programmes we cannot accept applications from students who will be 18 or over during the programme. 

This outreach programme is funded by Imperial College London in partnership with the Sutton Trust and aims to support state school students from backgrounds under-represented at university and Imperial. We use the criteria below to assess who is eligible to participate. The more criteria you meet, the more likely your application will be successful.

 We will prioritise your application if:

  • You have been in care

 We will also assess whether:

  • You are eligible for free school meals and/or pupil premium
  • Your parents/guardians did not attend university
  • You live in a neighbourhood with low overall progression rates to higher education (POLAR4 Quintile 1 or 2 areas) or high levels of deprivation (IMD Quintile 1 areas)
  • Your school has a high percentage of students receiving free school meals
  • Your school has below average attainment

Academic requirements

To be eligible for this programme, you should: 

  • Expect to study a science, technology, engineering or maths subject at university
  • Have achieved a minimum of eight GCSEs with at least five at grades 7-9, including maths and sciences
  • Have achieved a minimum of grade 5 in GCSE English Language

Please note that there are specific A-level (or equivalent) subject requirements for each subject strand. These are outlined below. Further information such as a description of each subject strand will be available from the Sutton Trust Website.

  • To apply for Biological Sciences you need to be studying Biology and either Maths, Physics or Chemistry.
  • To apply for Biomedical Engineering you need to be studying Maths and Physics.
  • To apply for Chemistry you need to be studying Chemistry and Maths.
  • To apply for Earth and Planetary Science you need to be studying Maths and either Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Geology or Geography.
  • To apply for Electrical and Electronic Engineering you need to be studying Maths and Physics.
  • To apply for Genetics you need to be studying Biology and either Maths, Physics or Chemistry.
  • To apply for Materials Science and Engineering you need to be studying Maths and either Chemistry or Physics.
  • To apply for Mathematics you need to be studying Maths and Further Maths.
  • To apply for Molecular Bioengineering you need to be studying Maths and Chemistry.
  • To apply for Physics you need to be studying Physics and Maths.

How to apply

Applications for summer 2022 will open on 11 January 2022.

The link to the application portal will be posted here.

Contact us

For more information, please see our Outreach Programme FAQs.

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

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