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Year 12 Summer Schools

Our 2020 Summer Schools

Our Summer Schools programme offers a range of exciting opportunities for Year 12 students to experience University and prepare for future study in higher education.

Over 4-5 days you will immerse yourself in University life. During the day you will complete academic sessions in your subject and experience lectures, workshops, and practicals. We also offer a full social calendar to allow you to understand life beyond your studies.

What Summer Schools are available?

We offer five Summer Schools throughout the year, one for each of our Lancaster University faculties. These Summer Schools offer a range of subject strands and allow you to get to know students across a range of similar disciplines. We are still finalising our Summer Schools for 2020 but the details below give an overview of those offered in 2019.

Tab Content: Science & Technology

We are currently planning our 2020 Science & Technology Summer School. The subjects below were offered in 2019:

Natural Sciences - The chance to sample multiple science subjects in the style of a natural sciences degree. Subject sessions may include Chemistry, Maths, Sports Science and more.

Maths - Tackle a number of statistical problems over the week as you aim to answer key questions and explore the world of probability and randomness.

Psychology - Gain a fascinating insight into the real-world of Forensic Psychology through real-time studies, examples and research to discover there is more to CSI TV than meets the eye.

Geography, Biosciences & Environmental Sciences - Discover subjects from across our Lancaster Environment Centre as you spend a day studying each of Geography, Environmental Science and Ecology/Biology and dive deep into the world around us.

Computer Science - Explore the world of computer science and systems at University and get a chance to code your very own Micro:bit.

Entry Requirements:

  • Widening Participation Criteria - You will need to meet at least two of the criteria as explained here.
  • GCSE Maths at 6 or above, GCSE English Language at 4 or above for most subjects.
  • Subject specific requirments will be confirmed once applications open.

Tab Content: Lancaster Medical School

We are currently planning our 2020 Medicine Summer School and will update this information shortly.

Our Medicine Summer School aims to provide you with a full insight into life at Lancaster University, balancing skills development and experience of undergraduate level study with social and leisure activities.

During this event, you will have the opportunity to try problem-based learning (PBL), a form of small group teaching used in many UK medical schools, and will gain an understanding of the breadth of knowledge learned during a medical degree. You'll explore a medically-relevant scenario and research topics related to this scenario, with the opportunity to feed back to your peers what you have learned. You'll also participate in clinical skills and clinical anatomy teaching sessions to observe the variety of learning environments at medical school. 

Tab Content: Biochemistry & Biomedicine

We are currently planning our 2020 Biochemistry & Biomedicine Summer School. The subjects below were offered in 2019:

Biochemistry - Explore the world of living organisms at a molecular level through sessions on protein structure, the principles of protein folding and protein separation techniques. You will take part in laboratory work, lectures and group tasks as you explore the subject in more detail.

Biomedicine - Focus on the molecules and mechanisms fundamental to immunity and how these are disrupted by disease. Discover components of blood and how our acquired immune system works. Lab practicals will be centred upon blood cell identification, HIV and leukaemia.

Entry Requirements:

  • Widening Participation Criteria - You will need to meet at least two of the criteria as explained here.
  • GCSE Maths at 6 or above, GCSE English Language at 4 or above.
  • Subject specific requirments will be confirmed once applications open.

Tab Content: Arts & Social Sciences

We are currently planning our 2020 Arts & Social Sciences Summer School. The subjects below were offered in 2019:

English Literature - Explore the concept of 'Beginnings' in literature through exploring novels, discussion work and sampling our unique University library Special Collections. 

History - Discover the use, importance and development of commemorations of war and how memorials are utilised across the world and important place they hold in both the history of our country and our knowledge of war.

Sociology - The content of the 2019 Sociology Summer School will be finalised and communicated shortly.

Entry Requirements:

  • Widening Participation Criteria - You will need to meet at least two of the criteria as explained here.
  • Subject specific requirments will be confirmed once applications open.

Tab Content: Business & Management

We are currently planning our 2020 Business & Management Summer School. In 2019 we offered a Summer School providing the below:

Our Business & Management Summer School follows one strand, offering a taster of a number of subjects across our Lancaster University Management School (LUMS). The week is designed to closely replicate that of LUMS students and allows you to apply business thinking and concepts to a project through subject expertise across the school. Subjects forming part of the Summer School may include Economics, Marketing and Management Science.

Entry Requirements:

  • Widening Participation Criteria - You will need to meet at least two of the criteria as explained here.
  • GCSE Maths at 6 or above, GCSE English Language at 4 or above.
  • Subject specific requirments will be confirmed once applications open.

Am I eligible?

Discover the criteria we ask you to meet in order to attend one of our Summer Schools.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Register your interest

We will let you know as soon as applications open in 2020.

What does a Summer School involve?

Our Summer Schools fully immerse you in University life. You will work in small subject groups with our University academics and PhD students on a project over the course of the week. You will be provided general guidance and information in teaching sessions and be given the chance to explore your subject through independent research. You will receive general information on University study and applications such as global opportunities and personal statement support.