LPN Summer School

For students who live in areas of low participation to Higher Education.

summer school

Each year Christ's College works in collaboration with Sidney Sussex and Murray Edwards Colleges to run a summer school in August for Year 11 students who live in areas of low participation to higher education (on this page, we've abbreviated 'low participation neighbourhoods' to 'LPN', in case you're confused!).
 

LPN Summer School 2019: 18-21 August

The 2019 LPN Summer School will take place on Sunday 18 - Wednesday 21 August 2019. Applications will open in April 2019.  Further information will be available then.

If you are interested in the August 2019 LPN Summer School, you are welcome to register your interest for 2019 if you would like to receive an email to let you know when we open applications.

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Information about the 2018 Summer School

The 2018 summer school took place in Cambridge from Sunday 19 August to Wednesday 22 August 2018.

Workshop

What does the summer school involve?

The summer school will take place for a few days in August just after you've taken your GCSE's, with meals and accommodation provided for attendees in one of the Cambridge Colleges.

The programme includes a variety of masterclasses given by Cambridge researchers, an opportunity to get to know Cambridge, information about making an application to Cambridge, and a chance to meet current Cambridge students.

After the summer school, researchers then provide continuing academic support the following school year.
 

What does the summer school cost?

The whole summer school is free of charge (including meals and accommodation), with the exception of travel to and from Cambridge. If you feel that you may require travel expenses to be able to attend, please get in touch, as some limited support may be available.

Subject Strands

As part of the summer school programme, students have the opportunity to attend a series of seminars that will introduce them to the study of a particular subject at university level. In 2018 the following subject strands were available:

  • Biology/Chemistry
  • Biology/Medicine
  • Physical Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • English
  • History
  • Law
  • Social Sciences

Students wishing to apply for a place on the summer school should chose which subject strand they wish to attend and indicate this on their application form (there is also an option to be considered for a reserve choice if you are not selected for your first choice).  The same number of places is available on each subject strand, so please chose the subject that interests you the most.

 

Eligibility to apply

Only students who meet all of the following criteria can apply for a place on the LPN summer school: 

  • you are just doing your GCSEs at a UK state school.
  • you are going on to study academic qualifications in Sixth Form, either at school or college.
  • you live in an area of low participation to higher education. To explain this a bit further, we use the POLAR classification and we only accept applications from students who live in quintile 1 or 2 areas. We encourage students to self-select using this online postcode checker tool. When you put your postcode into the tool, check the 'POLAR4 young participation quintile' (the first data column on the left).
  • you should be on target to receive a majority of 7s or 8s (or equivalent) at GCSE, and will need to provide the name and email address of a teacher who can support your application.
In a lecture theatre

How and when do I apply?

Applications for the 2019 LPN Summer School will open in April 2019.  Further information will be available then. If you are interested in the August 2019 LPN Summer School, you are welcome to register your interest for 2019 if you would like to receive an email to let you know when we open applications.
 

Where can I get more information?

Please get in touch with us at access@christs.cam.ac.uk if you have any questions about this summer school.
 

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