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Year 12 Online Summer School

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


About the programme

What is the Online Summer School?

The Year 12 Online Summer School will give you the chance to:

  • Take part in problem based learning (PBL) sessions
  • Meet doctors and current medical students
  • Practice the UCAT test
  • Take part in medical workshops and sessions
  • Find out more about making an application to study Medicine at university

The Summer School will be hosted on The Sutton Trust online platform which gives you access to a range of resources and support about higher education. The programme will include a mixture of live sessions and pre-recorded content for you to work through at your own pace.

You will take part in group discussions with other students from across the Yorkshire and Humberside region who are also interested in studying Medicine, and we have some fun social activities planned as well.

The Summer School will be complimented by online mentoring via the access platform from our current medical students. 

Eligibility criteria

Academic criteria

You must meet all of the following:

  • Be in Year 12/first year of college at a UK school
  • Attended a state school (non-fee paying school) for GCSE and post 16 qualifications
  • Have obtained 5 GCSEs at grades 4-9
  • Have GCSE Maths and English Language at grade 4 or above
  • Are studying Biology and Chemistry at A level or BTEC Extended National Diploma in Applied Science (Biomedical Science)

Additional criteria 

  • If you are a care experienced (have been in public care), a refugee or are currently seeking asylum your application will be given priority

    Alternatively you must meet a minimum of 2 of the following:
  • Your parent/s do not hold a higher education qualification or they obtained this qualification as a mature student while you were in secondary school
  • You live in a neighbourhood which has a low progression rate to higher education (defined by home postcode)
  • You are entitled to or in receipt of discretionary payments at school/ college e.g. 16-19 bursary, supported travel
  • You were entitled to or in receipt of Free School Meals during Years 7-11
  • You are a recognised young carer
  • You are estranged
  • You attended a school or college at key stage 4 or key stage 5 that achieved below the national average

    We will also take into consideration from the following when selecting students:
  • You are from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background
  • You are from a Roma, Gypsy, Irish Traveller, Showman or Boatman background
  • You have experienced exceptional circumstances that have affected your education

    Applications from the following regions will be prioritised:
  • North, South or West Yorkshire
  • East Riding of Yorkshire
  • North or North East Lincolnshire
  • Darlington, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, or Stockton on Tees
  • Humberside

    Or if you are taking part in one of the following programmes:
  • Next Step York – University of York
  • YorWay – University of York
  • Black Access – University of York
  • Realising Opportunities

It is likely that the Summer School will be oversubscribed and therefore applications will be reviewed in order of priority and the number of criteria met.

How to apply

Application details for our next Summer School are yet to be announced.

Express an interest in the Online Summer School to be kept up to date

Contact us

Please email
Telephone: +44 (0)1904 32 8105