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Eligibility criteria

All applicants to the Sutton Trust Summer Schools must be studying at a state-maintained school or college in the UK, have at least five A/A* grades at GCSE or five credit passes at Standard Grade. It may be possible to reduce the academic criteria for students if there are extenuating circumstances but it should be stressed that the Summer Schools involve more than 20 hours of intense academic study and all successful applicants will need to demonstrate the ability to effectively handle this workload.

Some Summer School strands also require students to be taking particular post-16 qualifications and/or to have achieved high grades in particular subjects. Details of additional entry requirements can be found in the table below. Please note that your application will be considered ineligible if you do not meet these basic criteria.

Subject Additional Entry Requirements
Architecture Studying Art at AS Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent OR has Art GCSE A or A*.
Asian and Middle Eastern Studies No specific subject requirements. Where applicants meet the same selection criteria, preference may be given to students studying a foreign language at A Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent.
Biological Sciences Taking Biology at A Level, IB Higher Level, Scottish Highers or equivalent. Where applicants meet the same selection criteria, preference will be given to students who have high attainment in relevant STEM subjects and/or are studying Maths and/or Chemistry at A Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent.
Chemistry Taking Chemistry at A Level, IB Higher Level, Scottish Highers or equivalent. Where applicants meet the same selection criteria, preference will be given to students who have high attainment in relevant STEM subjects and/or are studying Maths at A Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent.
Computer Science Taking Maths at A Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent. 
Economics Taking Maths at A Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent. Where applicants meet the same selection criteria, preference may be given to students studying Further Maths at A Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent.
Engineering Taking Maths AND Physics at AS/A Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent; OR Maths at AS/A Level AND a Level 3 vocational course in an Engineering discipline.
English Students should have achieved an A/A* for GCSE English Language and/or Literature. In addition, students must be taking English Literature OR English Literature and Language combined at A Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent.
History Taking History at AS Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent.
History of Art Must be taking at least one essay-based subject for A Level ('essay-based' is defined as any subject that requires the submission of essays as coursework or writing essays for exams as the majority part of its assessment).
Mathematics Taking Maths at A Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent.
Medicine Taking Chemistry AND two subjects in either Maths/Biology/Physics at AS Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent.
Modern Languages with Linguistics Taking a foreign modern European language at AS Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent.
Music Taking Music at A Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent; or taking Music Theory Grade 7.
Physics Taking Maths AND Physics at AS/A Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent. A/A* at GCSE Maths and Physics (or Science), or equivalent.
Psychological and Behavioural Sciences No specific subject requirements. Where applicants meet the same selection criteria, preference may be given to students studying Maths or Biology at A Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent.
Veterinary Medicine Taking Chemistry AND two subjects in either Maths/Biology/Physics at AS/A Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent.

More information about eligibility criteria can be found on the Sutton Trust Summer Schools website and in our FAQs.

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Cambridge Summer School Team
01223 332201
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