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We will now be delivering the 2020 Summer School online via the Sutton Trust Online platform. Please note that applications to the 2020 Summer Schools have now closed and there are no remaining spaces.

Academic entry requirements

All applicants to the Sutton Trust Summer Schools must be studying at a state-maintained school or college in the UK and have at least five 7-9 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 up to 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
Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic No additional academic requirements.
Archaeology (with Biological Anthropology) No additional academic requirements.
Architecture No additional academic requirements.
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: Biochemistry, Pharmacology and Pathology Strand Taking at least two STEM subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, or Further Mathematics) at A Level, IB Higher Level, Scottish Highers or equivalent. Where applicants meet the same selection criteria, preference may be given to those studying Biology and Chemistry.
Biological Sciences: Zoology, Plant Sciences and Neuroscience Strand Taking Biology at A Level, IB Higher Level, Scottish Highers or equivalent, and at least one other STEM subject (Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, or Further Mathematics)
Chemistry Taking Chemistry at A Level, IB Higher Level, Scottish Highers or equivalent, and at least one other STEM subject (Biology, Physics, Mathematics, or Further Mathematics, with preference given to those studying Mathematics.
Classics No additional academic requirements.
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.
Education, Policy and International Development  No additional academic requirements.
Engineering Taking Maths AND Physics at 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 a 7, 8 or 9 (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.
Geography No additional academic requirements.
History Taking History at A 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) - eg. History, English, Languages, Geography, Sociology, EPQ, Classics, Philosophy and Ethics, Psychology, Criminology, Law.
Human Social and Political Science No additional academic requirements.
Law No additional academic requirements.
Mathematics Taking Maths at A Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent is an essential requirement. Taking -or planning to take - also Further Maths A level or equivalent is preferred
Medicine Taking Chemistry AND 2 subjects in either Maths/ Biology/Physics at AS Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent.
Modern and Medieval Languages and 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 and ideally another subject, preferably science at AS/A Level, IB, Scottish Highers or equivalent. 7-9 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.
Theology, Religious Studies, and Philosophy No additional academic requirements.
Veterinary Medicine Taking Chemistry AND 1 subject 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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