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Summer schools

Residential programmes for students in Year 10 and Year 12

Our summer school residential programmes provide a fantastic opportunity for able students with no history of higher education in their family to consider university as a viable option for their future, and to experience it first hand by staying on campus and going to lectures like university students. At Birmingham, we run these events for students in Year 10 and Year 12.

Year 10 Summer School: Your Future, Your Choice

Our Year 10 Summer School offers students from the West Midlands region the opportunity to discover what it is like to study at university, in particular a research-led institution like Birmingham. This programme has two streams that students can choose from - Health Sciences and Routes to My Future, which focus on health-related subjects and humanities/social sciences.


I’ve had such an amazing time here and I can’t wait to apply for uni in the future. The past few days have been some of the best days of this year and I’ve made some new friends that I hope to stay in contact with.

Year 10 summer school student

Year 12 Academic Enrichment Programme

The Academic Enrichment Programme (AEP) helps to encourage young people who live in the West Midlands region with no family history of higher education to apply to a leading research university, supporting and guiding them in the process. The programme begins with a residential at the University. In addition to the residential, students will attend two study support sessions, and benefit from e-mentoring from a current undergraduate student from the University on a weekly basis.

One of the most important things from AEP has been meeting people from similar backgrounds who all have a drive to aim high.

Year 12 AEP student

Year 12 National Access Summer School

The National Access Summer School (NASS) is designed to raise the aspirations of academically gifted Year 12 students from non-traditional backgrounds who live in areas outside of the West Midlands region. There are three broad academic streams that students can apply to and all costs of the residential are covered by the University of Birmingham.

Everyone involved in the programme especially the ambassadors did a great job of making the experience as interesting and insightful as possible.

Year 12 NASS student