LPN Summer School

A summer school at Cambridge University for students who live in areas of low participation in Higher Education.

LPN Summer School 2018 participants

 

Each year Christ's College, Cambridge works in collaboration with Sidney Sussex and Murray Edwards Colleges to run an August summer school 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!).

College crests

LPN Summer School 2019: 18-21 August

The 2019 LPN Summer School will take place from Sunday 18 to Wednesday 21 August 2019.

Applications are open!  To apply, please complete this online form.  Please make sure you have checked your eligibility first (see below).

Once you have applied, your nominated teacher referee will be automatically contacted to request a reference.

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Applications will now close on Monday 27 May 2019 (at 23:59). Note that 27 May is a Bank holiday in the UK. Applicants and their teacher referees will be notified by 8 June about the outcome of their application.

Workshop

What does the summer school involve?

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

The programme includes a variety of masterclasses given by Cambridge University researchers, an opportunity to get to know Cambridge, information about making an application to Cambridge, and a chance to meet current Cambridge students. There are also lots of social activities to give you a taste of student life.

After the summer school, the Colleges provide continuing support during Year 12 and there is a follow-up summer school at the end of Year 12 to which you are automatically invited.
 

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.

This year (2019), the following subject strands will be available:

  • Bio-Chemistry (Human/Medical)
  • Bio-Chemistry (Non-medical)
  • Physical Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • English
  • History
  • Law
  • Social Sciences

Students wishing to apply for a place on the summer school should choose 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 choose the subject that interests you the most.

 

Who is eligible to apply?

If you meet all of the following criteria, you are eligible to apply for a place on the LPN summer school: 

  • You are in Year 11 (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) or S4 (Scotland) and are about to take your GCSEs or National 5s at a school that does not charge fees.
     
  • You are going on to study academic qualifications in Sixth Form, either at school or college that does not charge fees.
     
  • You live in an area of low participation in 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 are on target to receive a majority of 7s or 8s at GCSE (or equivalent).
     
  • You can 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 are now open!  To apply, please complete this online form.  Please make sure you have checked your eligibility first (see above).

Once you have applied, your nominated teacher referee will be automatically contacted to request a reference.

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED! Applications will now close on Monday 27 May 2019 (at 23:59). Note that 27 May is a Bank holiday in the UK.

Applicants and their teacher referees will be notified by 8 June about the outcome of their application.

 

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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