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Social Sciences Summer School

Are you interested in business, sociology, politics or geography but are struggling to decide what to study at university? Do you want to explore the social sciences? Apply for the Social Sciences Summer School!

Our three-day, two-night Social Sciences Summer School, running from Wednesday 26 June - Friday 28 June 2024, is the perfect opportunity for Year 12 students to explore a variety of social sciences subjects (including Environment, Geography, Sociology, Education, Politics and International Studies and Business) and live life as a university student.

Through a series of academic workshops relating to a chosen theme, students will experience university-level teaching including lectures, seminars, and workshops; supporting them to make informed higher education course choices. Participants will stay overnight in university accommodation and take part in social activities supported by our Student Ambassadors, gaining valuable insight into the extracurricular opportunities available to them as an undergraduate student.

Following the event, participants will also be invited to take part in a series of online sessions supporting their UCAS application and transition to university.

Creating Change

This year’s summer school will empower students to recognise the agency they have to influence positive societal change and inspire them to take action towards the future they want to see!

Using local, national and global case studies, our academic sessions will explore the diverse ways of implementing change – whether through democratic voting systems, policy change, advocacy or demonstrations to name just a few. The summer school will help students to consider the active role they can take in the present to lead to a better future!

Apply for the Social Sciences Summer School

We invite applications from all Year 12 students, but priority will be given to those who live in an area of low progression to higher education and/or those who meet 1 or 2 of the following criteria:

  • Your parents or carers did not go to university
  • You are from a household with a gross annual income of £25,000 or below
  • You attended or attend a school which achieved below the national average Attainment 8 score at GCSE
  • Your studies have been disrupted due to personal circumstances
  • You are/were eligible for Free School Meals during your GCSE studies or later
  • You are care experienced
  • You are estranged (separated) from your parents or guardians

There may be a contribution of up to £100 towards travel costs for eligible students. When we send confirmation on whether students are successful in their application to attend the summer school they will also be informed if they are eligible to claim for travel.

Applications are now closed for 2024.