Summer School for Access to Higher Education

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 Policy. Successful completion of Summer School can help you gain entry to either of these degrees.

In Health & Social Policy you will learn about subjects such as health inequalities, criteria for happiness & well-being, and truths and myths around healthy diets; and in Environmental Science & Sustainability 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.

During Summer School you will have the chance to meet fellow students before your degree even starts. Previous Summer School students say that this has helped them settle in and become part of our academic community.

What does it cost?
There is no tuition fee for Summer School.

If you live outside commuting distance of Dumfries, rooms in our student residences may be available to on a temporary basis, prices are available on request.

The programme
Summer School runs for two days per week during July and August 2019 (dates tbc). Classes take place between 10.00am-3.00pm with regular breaks.

The course also includes:
Study skills support 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

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 Application 2019 or request an application form from

Applications close on Monday 10th June. If you are considering making a late application, please contact us first.