Summer School for Access to Higher Education

Our School of Interdisciplinary Studies Summer School, on the Dumfries Campus, provides you with an introduction to undergraduate university-level study in a supportive, friendly environment. It includes lectures, tutorials and assessments as well as lots of academic guidance.

Who is Summer School for?

Summer School is suitable if you have had a break in your studies, for example if you are returning to education after working or having children. It’s also a great way for school or college-leavers to make a smooth transition to university. Summer School applicants should be aiming to enrol on a degree programme in Environmental Science and Sustainability or Health & Social Sector Leadership. Successful completion of Summer School can help you gain entry to either of these degrees.

In Health & Social Sector Leadership you will learn about subjects such as health inequalities, criteria for happiness & well-being, and truths and myths around healthy diets.

In Environmental Science you will study (among other things) the pros and cons of renewable energy sources, and the impacts of global environmental issues such as climate change. 

Why consider Summer School?

Students who complete Summer School develop the confidence and academic skills to really excel at university. It offers a head start, preparing you for the challenges of higher education.

What does it cost?

There is no tuition fee for Summer School. 

Programme Structure

Summer School runs for two/three days per week, from Tuesday 16th June until Tuesday 14th July 2020.

The course also includes:

  • Study skills and support with your university application
  • Advice on part-time and full-time study
  • Guidance from our Student Services team on finance, careers and disability support

Please note that due to Covid-19, all classes will be delivered online this year, through a blend of live and pre-recorded lectures. All lectures and other relevant materials will be available on our Virtual Learning Environment platform to which you will have access. In order to complete the course, it is therefore essential that you have access to the right technology (primarily a computer with Internet access).

Entry Requirements

All applications are considered on an individual basis. Applicants would be expected to have a minimum of 2 Highers at a grade C or up to 1 years relevant work experience.

An interview may constitute part of your admission to the Summer School programme.

How to apply

You can complete the Summer School for Access Application Form 2020 or request an application form from Sophie Stewart at  

Applications close on Tuesday 2nd June. If you are considering making a late application, please contact us first.