Sutton Trust Summer School

Programme overview

Please note – the Sutton Trust Summer School ran online in 2020, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. This page will be updated in January with details of the delivery model for 2021. The Sutton Trust Summer School is scheduled to run in July 2021.  

The University of Glasgow joins 12 other leading UK universities in partnership with the Sutton Trust to offer a week-long summer school aimed at high school students in their penultimate year of study. 

The summer school provides students with an opportunity to learn more about university life. Successful applicants will attend academic sessions on a variety of subjects and hear from our current undergraduate students about what studying at Glasgow is like. The summer school also provides an opportunity to meet other students with similar interests, based throughout the UK. 

We offer five different subject streams to match your academic interests: 

Arts & Humanities 

Glasgow has been delivering world-leading teaching, learning and research in the arts and humanities since 1451. We are in the world’s top 70 universities for Arts & Humanities (QS Faculty World Rankings 2019).  

Our Arts & Humanities programme brings together courses in the Schools of Critical Studies, Culture & Creative Arts, Humanities and Modern Languages & Cultures. You could participate in sessions led by our world-leading English Language and Linguistics staff and discover new ways to listen to music at Scotland’s leading centre for Music research. You could explore the fascinating world of Archaeology and have the opportunity to find out more about Romanticism, Realism, Modernism, and Contemporary Art with our History of Art experts. You could also add to your language portfolio with some beginners German.  


The James Watt School of Engineering was the first in the UK to confer degrees in Engineering.  Our Engineering course gives you the opportunity to be part of the oldest School of Engineering in the UK.  Experience some of our core engineering disciplines, including Aeronautical, Civil, Electronics & Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, and hear about research projects in some of our specialised programmes, such as Biomedical Engineering, Product Design, Electronics with Music, and Civil Engineering with Architecture.  Our classes are led by our world-leading research and teaching staff who work at the cutting edge of technology in our state-of-the-art facilities.

Medical Sciences

Our Medical Studies & Life Sciences course gives you a unique opportunity to combine Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry and Life Science studies in one week. Bringing together internationally renowned experts, you will experience our innovative teaching and hear about world-leading research. Learn all about our Medical School, and if the opportunity permits, study in our award-winning Wolfson Medical Building which houses a Clinical Skills area complete with fully equipped ward. If restrictions permit, you’ll get to spend time in our Dental Hospital, and meet staff and students from the UK’s second largest Dental School. You will also find out more about our Internationally accredited School of Veterinary Medicine which includes our Small Animal Hospital, Weipers Centre Equine Hospital and the Scottish Centre for Production Animal Health and Welfare. The week is underpinned with further studies in our extensive School of Life Sciences, where you can explore topics such as Biochemistry and Psychology.  

Social Sciences

Social sciences at Glasgow focus on understanding and transforming societies through collaborative work. We bring together inspiring people in a creative and engaged environment for learning and research, to engender positive social change. Our social sciences programme brings together sessions in the world-leading School of Social and Political Sciences and the world-renowned Adam Smith Business School. You could study subjects available in our Business School, including Accountancy & Finance, Business & Management and Economics. We bring this week together with sessions from our innovative and influential Politics and Sociology staff and students, in addition to our business-based subjects.  

Physical Sciences

Our degrees in the physical sciences will equip you with the scientific knowledge and mathematical and analytical skills to work across a wide range of industries. Our physical sciences programme combines a wide range of subjects, from areas such as Mathematics & Statistics, Psychology, and Geography & Environmental Geoscience to offer a dynamic week of scientific exploration. Analyse emotions with our Psychology experts: why does emotion vary for different cultures, and how do we recognise them from faces, voices, and words? Delve into real-life applications of Maths & Stats with our experts, and investigate the natural world around you with leading researchers from our School of Geography & Environmental Geoscience.   


  • You must be in either Year 12 in England or Wales, Year 13 in Northern Ireland or S5 in Scotland
  • You must have always attended a state-funded school or college

Additional criteria can be found at the Sutton Trust Summer Schools website.

How to apply

Submit your application online at the Sutton Trust Summer Schools website.

Applications for the programme open in January. 

Why take part

Our subject streams introduce students to a variety of academic areas that you can study at university. You will have the opportunity to take part in several academic sessions and meet students from across the UK. Additionally, all students complete our online Academic Skills module, which is designed to prepare you for the transition to Higher Education. Completion of this module will be taken into consideration upon application to the university, and can form a part of an adjusted offer of entry (restrictions apply – please see FAQs). 

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Frequently asked questions


Will I be eligible for an adjusted offer of entry to the University of Glasgow, if I complete your Sutton Trust Summer School programme? 

Successful completion of our Sutton Trust Summer School may lead to an adjusted offer of entry. We would require students to participate in academic sessions, and pass our Academic Skills module, to be considered for an adjusted offer. Certain degree subjects are not eligible for an adjusted offer through the Sutton Trust Summer School, including Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, and Law.  

Will I be eligible for an adjusted offer of entry if I complete the Sutton Trust Summer School at another institution? 

Unfortunately, at this time we cannot offer an adjusted offer of entry to applicants who have completed the Sutton Trust Summer School at other institutions.  

Will I be required to do any academic work? 

The reason that our pre-entry programmes can lead to adjusted offers is because they are academically rigorous. Therefore, every student on the programme will complete subject-specific academic work, in addition to our Academic Skills module. Throughout the programmes you will complete university level (SCQF Level 7) work set by academics working at the University of Glasgow and will also have the support of our widening participation tutors and staff. 


For clarification of any terminology please consult our glossary of terms.