Year 10 summer residential: Your Future Your Choice

SummerAre you a Year 10 student curious about higher education? Our summer school offers students the opportunity to discover what it is like to study at university, in particular a research-led institution like Birmingham. 

There are three broad academic streams: Health Careers, Sport and Health Careers, and Routes to My Future. Students will stay in a University hall of residence, follow a programme of social activities and experience university life. All students are given support and guidance by our student ambassadors who are current undergraduates at the University. This event is free of charge and open to students in West Midlands state schools.

Applications for Your Future, Your Choice Year 10 Summer Residential 2020 are closed. Applications for the 2021 residential will open in January 2021. As a guide, have a look below to see rough details of the 2020 residential.

May 2020 update

Sadly, we have taken the decision to cancel on campus events until September in line with the government’s advice to prevent the spread of coronavirus. This unfortunately includes the Year 10 Summer School due to be hosted on campus in July 2020.

We’re working hard on planning alternative online activities that you can take part in from your own home. We want this content to be interesting and useful for students and something you can engage with in your own time.

We will be in touch with those of you who applied for summer schools with more information – please keep an eye out for emails. We will make contact on the email address that you provided in your application form (this may be your parents'/guardians' email address). 

If you have any questions in the meantime we are more than happy to help. You can contact our friendly team via email

Option 1: Health Careers

Students will attend lectures and seminars in health related subjects and so must demonstrate a broad interest in this subject area in the application. The Health Careers residential will be a busy and fun-packed three days offering a taste of academic and social activities that will be open to pupils as a university student.

Students will take part in a series of sessions, find out about the health sciences professions and attend lectures and seminars in health-related subjects. There will also be advice on making a successful application to study at university.

Option 2: Sport and Health

If you are interested in working in either sport or health, this summer school could be perfect for you. It will be a busy and fun three days designed to give them a taste of life as a university student, including academic sessions and social activities. During the residential, students will take part in lectures and workshops which will provide valuable insight into studying and working in both sport and health.

Option 3: Routes to My Future

Students will attend lectures and seminars in subjects like engineering, law, languages, business and sports science and should therefore have some preference for the humanities/social sciences. If a student is considering university, but they are not sure what to study, the Routes to My Future stream is ideal as it explores a range of subjects for those who are still undecided on which career path to take. During the residential students will participate in fun, informative and interactive workshops in a range of subjects the University has to offer.

Your Future – Your Choice Year 10 Summer School

Entry criteria

Students should meet the following criteria:

✔ Be on track to achieve 5 GCSEs 9 – 5 in their exams
✔ Come from a home where there is no history of parents attending university in the UK or abroad
✔ Attend a local state school, in Birmingham or the wider West Midlands
✔ Parents/guardians/carers are unemployed or in jobs that do not require university-level qualifications
✔ Home postcode shows that the student lives in an area with low levels of progression to higher education

If the student is in receipt of, or entitled to, free school meals/pupil premium we will also take this into consideration.

We will also take into consideration circumstances such as disability, long-term illness or time spent in care which may have prevented students from achieving their full potential.

How to apply 

Applications for the 2021 residential will open in January 2021.