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Summer School for Access

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 & 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 & Sustainability you will study topics such as 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.

Successful completion of the Summer School can help you gain entry to either the Environmental Science & Sustainability or Health & Social Sector Leadership undergraduate degrees.

What does it cost?

This Summer School is free; there is no tuition fee. 

Programme Structure

Summer School runs for three days per week, usually with two live seminars each day. More detailed information will be available in due course.

The course includes:

  • An introduction to university-level study in a supportive, friendly environment
  • Experience of academic writing, study skills, lectures and seminars
  • Advice on part-time and full-time study and support with your university application
  • Guidance from our Student Services team on finance, careers and disability support

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

Applications are not currently open

General Enquiries can be made to:

Katy Nash at