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
  • Year 12 students
  • Eligibility criteria 
  • Applications are now open and will close at midday on 16 March 2021
  • To apply, scroll to the bottom of this page

Please be aware that due to COVID-19 we cannot yet confirm whether Y12 Sutton Trust SUmmer Schools will be run in-person or online.  It is our intention that successful applicants will be informed of this at the time decisions are released via our application portal in Spring 2021.

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 will I study?

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.

When will I study?

You have a choice of two 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

Entry requirements

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

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 on Sutton Trust Summer School 2020, Mathematics stream

Got a question?

If you have any queries in regards to your application or summer schools in general, please see our General FAQs in the first instance.

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

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Further info

Eligibility criteria

This programme is fully funded by Imperial College London and the Sutton Trust, therefore eligibility criteria apply. Please visit the Sutton Trust Website for the list of eligibility criteria.

How to apply

Applications are now open. To apply, please go to the Sutton Trust application website and scroll to the bottom for the application link. Applications will close at midday on 16 March 2021. 

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