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Summer schools and taster courses

London taster courses

This programme offers a fantastic opportunity to experience life as a university student, in your chosen subject area.  More than 20 London universities participate in the programme together, offering over 150 different taster courses in 70 different subject areas. There is no charge to attend these courses, but places tend to fill up very quickly. Early application is essential.

Full details and booking information are available online at

University events

Pure Potential

Pure Potential Sixth events are aimed at bright state school students who have the potential to achieve 3 Bs or above and will be applying to university. At a PP Sixth event students will:

  • Find out how to choose the right course and university
  • Learn how to write an outstanding personal statement
  • Develop confidence and communication skills for interviews
  • Understand student finance, student loans, bursaries, budgeting and part-time jobs
  • Discover what work experience they should be doing
  • Meet potential employers to make a positive early impression

There is also the opportunity for students to meet potential employers in a range of careers, including medicine, law, accountancy and business.

Pure Potential quotes that: ‘over a third of the students we help end up at Russell Group universities and over three-quarters end up at a Times Top 50 university.’

More information on the events can be found on the website;

Free Summer schools run by Oxford University
Courses working with schools and colleges.

Free Master Classes run by Cambridge University

Free schools run by the University of London
Queen Mary, University of London, also run some spring and summer schools. They are open to students from schools in targeted boroughs across inner and outer London, and they aim to give students a chance to have an in-depth experience of Queen Mary Summer schools typically last a week, with students taking part in a wide range of classes, workshops, field trips and other activities as an introduction to learning and teaching methods at university. They face new challenges and learn about the social side of university life. Summer schools are supported by a trained team of student ambassadors - current undergraduate and postgraduate students who provide first-hand advice and guidance about courses, progression routes and what studying at University is really like.

Young Journalists’ Summer Academy
Organised by Journalism Education in partnership with The Times; an excellent opportunity for students who are thinking about following a career in the media. It is completely free of charge and takes place in Canary Wharf, during the third week of August. The programme is open to 16- 18 year old state school pupils who have the passion and the guts, but not ‘the right contacts’, to break into journalism. It is ideal for any student who is interested in a career in the media. The aim of the summer school is to offer a route into the competitive field of journalism. For more information about the programme, to download the brochure and to access the application form, please visit The final deadline for applications for this year is 7th July 2012. Successful candidates will get a unique chance to meet some of Britain's most renowned journalists, to participate in media training workshops and to visit the headquarters of high profile media institutions. Past speakers include Decca Aitkenhead (The Guardian), Daniel Finkelstein (The Times), Simon Newman (Reuters), Simon Nixon (Wall Street Journal) and Dean Piper (Sunday Mirror).

For additional information, please contact Patrick Hayes on his email:

Art and Design
Courses are run by Central St Martins on all aspects of the arts in the Summer, Easter and Christmas holidays

St Martins in the Field {Trafalgar Square) offers numerous educational courses and events.

The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London
Offer a number of courses for 14-19 year old young people who are passionate about music, and performing arts during the Easter and Summer holidays which would supplement a personal statement.

Art. Media and Design Summer School
For students wanting to apply to higher education for Art, Design and Media, there is a summer School held at the Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication. They will also give advice on how to present the best portfolio.


The Smallpeice Trust
An independent educational charity which runs STEM, engineering residential courses. They also offer bursaries for aspiring engineers.

Devoted to information on Chemical Engineering. It offers advice on work experience, career opportunities and offers taster courses.

Art and Design

Courses are run by Central St Martins on all aspects of the arts in the summer, Easter and Christmas holidays.

St Martins in the Field {Trafalgar Square) offers numerous educational courses and events.

Young Enterprise
Year 12 students’ work together to set up their own company. Meeting regularly with their business advisor they work from the initial design and creation of the product, through to sales and marketing and writing the financial reports. Students say the experience is invaluable developing teambuilding and problem solving skills and an awareness of life beyond school.

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