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Cambridge Sutton Trust Summer Schools Application

Applications for the 2020 Sutton Trust Summer Schools are open now. Find out more about how to apply or go directly to the Sutton Trust online application.

How do we select students for the Sutton Trust Summer Schools?

The Summer Schools are very competitive and we receive far more applications than we have places available. Consequently, and in addition to our basic eligibility criteria, we use a range of contextual information to select students for our Summer Schools. These are not the same as those used by Admissions Tutors at the University, and students who do not receive a place on the Summer School should not view this as a commentary on their potential to successfully apply for a place here at Cambridge.

As part of our continuing commitment to widening participation in higher education, first priority will be given to students who are (or have been) looked after, accommodated, or in care. We then select students in line with criteria, such as:

  • resident in areas with relatively low participation in higher education (using POLAR4, a measure used by the Office for Students that identifies electoral wards with relatively low levels of progression to higher education among young people)
  • currently in receipt of Free School Meals or have been at any point in the last six years
  • attend a school with a low rate of progression to higher-tariff universities or below-average exam performance within the nation (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland) that the school is based

In the most competitive subjects, such as Medicine, we may also take into account a student’s attainment at GCSE level (or equivalent).  If this happens, we will always measure a student’s performance against the average for their school to place their achievement in the appropriate context.

What happens if I'm not selected?

Every year we have thousands of students who we think would make excellent candidates for highly-selective universities that we cannot offer a place to on our Summer Schools. Each year we offer a number of places on our Experience Cambridge event to Summer School applicants with strong GCSE profiles.

It should be stressed that the selection criteria for the Summer Schools are quite different to that for entry into the University, so please do not be discouraged if you are not successful.

We would encourage anyone who wants to visit the University and get a taste of what studying here might be like, to consider booking on one of our Subject Masterclasses, College and Department Open Days, or to attend one of our Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences. Our Colleges and Departments host a variety of outreach events throughout the year, you will find further details on their webpages. You will find further events on the Oxford and Cambridge Outreach site.

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Contact Summer Schools

Cambridge Summer School Team
01223 766460

Most of the common queries that we receive are answered on our Frequently Asked Questions page. Please take a look before contacting us.