Summer School

If you are a year 12 student aspiring to study Medicine, our online Summer School gives you the opportunity to experience university life as a medical student in a virtual format.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, we have taken the decision to cancel our on-campus Year 12 Summer Residential for 2020. However, working alongside the Sutton Trust, through which we deliver our Pathways to Medicine programme, we are delivering an online Summer School as a replacement.

The Summer School will take place between 3 and 7 August 2020, and will be delivered through Sutton Trust Online, the Sutton Trust’s digital platform.

The Summer School is a widening participation scheme designed to support students from backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in Higher Education.


All you will need to access the online Summer School is a device capable of accessing the internet (e.g. smartphone, laptop, tablet etc).


The Summer School will be delivered over the course of five days through the Sutton Trust Online platform.

Some activities will be classified as core and will need to be completed in order to finish the Summer School, whilst there will also be an array of optional activities.

We envision that all core activities as part of the Summer School should be possible to complete in under 3 hours per day.

If you have any questions about the structure and timings, please do contact our Outreach Team (outreach@hyms.ac.uk).

Eligibility criteria

Places on the Summer School are limited and students are selected based on widening participation data.

Academic criteria

We are looking for students who:

  • Have achieved 5 GCSES A*- C or 9-4 with at least 2 A*/A or 9-7 grades 
  • Have achieved Grade 6 or above in Maths and English 
  • Are studying Biology and Chemistry at A level

These are the standard academic requirements to study at Hull York Medical School and applications from students who have achieved these will be prioritised.

In addition to these academic criteria, students with any of the following contextual criteria will be prioritised:

  • Would be the first generation in their family to attend university
  • Have been in receipt of free school meals whilst at secondary school
  • Have attended schools with a lower than average progression to higher education, or a higher than average proportion of students who qualify for free school meals
  • Have parent(s)/guardian(s) who qualify for means-tested benefits
  • Live in a neighbourhood which has a low progression rate to higher education as defined by home postcode. 
  • Have been looked after or in care
  • Are a recognised young adult carer
  • Are eligible for 16-19 bursary support

Extenuating circumstances

If you do not meet these criteria but have faced social, personal, or educational challenges which may have affected your performance in education, your application will be considered on an individual basis. If you currently have refugee status this will be considered.

You don’t need to meet all of the above criteria, but the more you meet, the more likely it is that you will be offered a place on the programme.

How to apply

We have now filled all our places for this year’s Summer School. We will be providing details of next year’s event shortly so please do check back for updates.

In the meantime if you want to find out more about how we can support your journey to medicine, please subscribe to our newsletter or email outreach@hyms.ac.uk