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Year 12 Summer School

In 2022 we will be holding our annual Summer School for year 12 students, running from Tuesday 26 – Friday 29 July 2022. We are delighted to announce that our Summer Schools this year will be a 3-night residential event, held on the University of Leicester campus and accommodation.

Why attend year 12 Summer School?

  • Experience university life first-hand, including 3 nights in our halls of residence.
  • Take part in a summer school group project, designed by our teams of outstanding academic lecturers, in one these five subject areas:
    • Arts, Humanities and Social Science
    • Business and Enterprise
    • Law and Criminology
    • Medicine and Allied Health
    • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)
  • Develop essential skills required to be a successful university student
  • Collaborate and work with other students from across the country
  • Prepare to make the transition from school/college to higher Education
  • Work alongside our team of Summer School mentors, all undergraduate students from the University of Leicester
  • Experience student-led “Mentor Take Over” sessions, and daily social media challenges with prizes to be won

Who are Summer Schools for?

You must:

  • be in year 12
  • be under the age of 18 at the time of the summer school
  • be studying at a state funded school or college in England
  • meet at least one of our widening participation criteria

Widening participation eligibility criteria will be collected on the application form and be used when assessing applications.

See full details of how the selection process will work in 2022

Group Projects

This is the core element of your summer school experience. In your summer school mentor groups, you will work on one of five group projects, being designed exclusively for our summer schools by academic lecturers at the University of Leicester. Take a look below for an overview of each project from 2021 to help you decide which summer school strand is the one for you. Please note that the projects for 2022 may differ from those offered in 2021.

Arts, Humanities and Social Science

Join us in an exploration of global migration past and present through social sciences, arts and humanities. Throughout this project you will explore the people around you and how we have all come to be where we are. We will look at migration from the point of view of social sciences and humanities to show how one subject can show us so much from different perspectives.

Business and Enterprise

Across the week you will take a look at some of the core fundamentals of modern business. In your groups you will tackle big decisions on supply chain logistics, let your creativity shine by delving into new product development, and learn how market your product to maximise profits.

Law and Criminology

Your journey begins by delving into a crime scene and gathering evidence, before moving onto interviewing the accused in police custody. You then assume the role of legal counsel, advising on how to proceed in the upcoming trial. The story continues to follow the accused through the criminal justice system, exploring some the big issues along the way. How it unfolds from there, you’ll have to join us to find out…

Medicine and Allied Health

You will track the journey of a fictitious stroke patient, all the way from diagnosis, through treatment and onto rehabilitation. Assuming the role of a variety of doctors and Allied Health professionals, you will experience how a multi-disciplinary team of healthcare professionals combine, overcoming unforeseen challenges along the way, to provide a first-rate health service for our patient.


Join us on the STEM summer school where you will be planning our next mission to Mars. You will have the chance to look at what makes planets habitable and why some are cold and wet and others are hot and dry. You will have to determine the best landing site on Mars for the rocket by looking at satellite imagery, you might look at orbital mechanics or instrument selection for your journey as well as sample gathering and specimen analysis. You will also learn how to so some basic coding to get the Mars rover where it needs to be to gather the correct samples and determine whether there could be life on Mars! We look forward to you joining our Mission.

Medicine and Allied Health strand – additional information

This summer school is part of a national programme of summer schools supported by the Medical Schools Council (and funded by Health Education England).  For more information about different summer schools available, both online and residential, please visit the Medical Schools Council website. Please note that if you are offered one of the 70 MSC spaces on our Medicine and Allied Health strand, you are then not eligible to attend any of the other MSC funded summer schools listed on that website.

Visit the Medical Schools Council Website

How much does it cost?

Nothing! Our summer schools are entirely free to participate in, including your accommodation and food!

How to apply

Applications for our 2022 Year 12 Summer Schools are now closed. We will let all applicants know the outcome of their application no later than 4 May 2022.

Applications for our 2023 Year 12 Summer Schools will open in January 2023. This page will be updated with details on how to apply in due course.

If you have any questions about our programme of summer schools, please contact us at

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