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Residentials and Summer Schools

Access to Southampton (A2S)

We host a number of residential courses and summer schools throughout the year for a range of different subject areas.

A2S summer school

This summer school is the first intervention within the Access to Southampton scheme. Participants will take part in lectures, seminars and/or labs organised by academic tutors from their chosen discipline, as well as spend time with current University of Southampton students.

Design Triathlon

16 - 20 July 2017

The Design Triathlon is a residential course for Year 12 students interested in studying engineering at university. The Summer School will introduce students to the three areas of Ship Science, Aeronautics and Astronautics and Mechanical Engineering. Over four days, students will design and build a glider, a Greenpower car and a fastcraft for water as part of a team. Talks, workshops and seminars from staff and students in the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment provide insight into the wealth of careers and opportunities that an engineering degree can provide.

Participants live in university halls of residence for the week, and are mentored by current undergraduate and postgraduate students, giving a unique opportunity to find out what life is like at university. The summer school is a great opportunity to get a taste for engineering ahead of university applications. This is a free course for Year 12 students. To be eligible participants must be under the age of 18 at the time of the summer school, meet the following academic criteria:

The Course is open to students (home UK only) currently studying in Year 12 or S5 in Scotland (or equivalent) at maintained schools or colleges in the UK.

Due to more spaces becoming available applications will now close on Friday 7th April 2017.

Please click the 'Apply Now' button to proceed with your application.  

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Smallpeice STEM summer schools

Smallpeice is an educational charity running summer schools and residentials with universities. This year the University of Southampton is running Ignition and Momentum courses. 

Widening Access to Medicine Residential (BM6)

10-12 April 2017

Applications for the 2017 residential have now closed.

Information regarding the 2018 residential will appear here in Autumn 2017.

The Widening Access to Medicine Residential (BM6) includes the following:

This opportunity is aimed at students in Year 12 who want to study Medicine at university, but will need to apply through a widening access programme. In order to qualify for the BM6 residential you will need to be studying both A Level Biology and Chemistry and meet at least three of the following eligibility criteria:

The application must be supported by a member of staff at your school/college. This could be your personal tutor, subject teacher or another member of staff. Guidance information for teachers is provided in the 'Useful downloads' section below.


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Marine Headstart

9 - 13 July 2017

Applications now closed for 2017. 

During this Summer School students will learn the basic principles of designing ships, yachts and marine structures in order to understand how the world’s oceans can be exploited to harness environmentally safe energy, all under the guidance of expert staff and students in Ship Science. Students will be involved with hands-on team design and build projects, as well as attend lectures and seminars from academics, researchers and industry specialists.

The University of Southampton takes full advantage of its location on the south coast and has a leading department of Ship Science. This course will suit students who are interested in technical subjects and engineering, with a good background in maths who want to see how they can be applied to the demanding environment of ships and the sea.

This Summer School is run in collaboration with The Engineering Development Trust. For further details and to apply please visit the EDT website.  

For enquiries related to the Marine Headstart residentials please contact Claire Bolton, Widening Participation Project Leader at

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