Year 10 Summer School: Your Future Your Choice

Group of pupils talking and walking across university campusAre you a Year 10 student curious about university but not sure what it involves? Our summer school offers you the chance to see what it is like to study at university, in particular a research-led institution like Birmingham.

Applications for the 2021 summer school are closed.

Although we may not be holding the event on campus, we will work hard to ensure students still receive the same great experience of university life. They'll attend engaging and eye-opening subject sessions, hear more about what it’s like to be a student and learn tips and tricks to support them moving forward into Year 11. 

Students will be looked after by our amazing student ambassadors, who are all current students at the University. They will be on hand to guide students through the programme and, most importantly, answer any questions they may have on life at university. Our aim is to offer a fun event on campus later in the year (if Government and University guidelines allow this) as we understand what a challenging time this has been.

Summer school offers students a great opportunity to grow in confidence, gain independence and make lots of new friends. We’ll make sure they leave summer school feeling motivated for whichever path they choose.

What to expect from the 2021 programme

The event will take place over two consecutive weekends - Sunday 27 June and Sunday 4 July 2021 2 - 3:30pm. It is vital that the students who are allocated places are able to attend both events. Students will take part in ice breakers, motivational talks, subject taster sessions, fun quizzes and much more! The academic subjects offered in 2021 are:

  • Business
  • Dentistry
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Sport

Entry criteria

To be eligible to apply for the summer school, students must meet the following criteria: 

  • Be on target to achieve 9-4 in Maths, English and Science GCSEs
  • Come from a home where neither parent attended university in the UK or abroad OR is a looked after young person (eligible regardless of meeting any of the other criteria but must have the ability to progress to higher education)

In addition, one or more of these criteria should also be met: 

  • Is in receipt of or entitled to Free School Meals or receives Discretionary Learner Support
  • Resides in a POLAR 4 Quintile 1 or 2 area (with greater emphasis given to the Quintile 1)
  • Is estranged from their parents
  • Is a young carer
  • Has a disability (and is in receipt of a Personal Independence Payment)
  • Has experienced significant extenuating circumstances

How to apply

Applications for the 2021 programme are closed. However if you have any questions, we are more than happy to help. You can contact our friendly team at