Summer Schools

The dates and subjects for the 2019 Homerton College Summer Schools are as follows:

Physical Sciences: 7th - 10th July 2019

Economics: 10th - 13th July 2019

Engineering (collaborative with the Dept of Engineering): 14th - 17th July 2019

To apply for one of these residentials, please use this application form.  On the form, you can also apply for residentials at Peterhouse, Pembroke College and Trinity College.  Different residentials may have different eligibility criteria, so please check this on each college website before you apply.  Applications for the Homerton College Summer Schools close on 12th May 2019.


Homerton College organises a series of Summer Schools for Year 12/S5 students at state-maintained schools.  Our Summer Schools are primarily for students in our link areas of Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham in South Yorkshire; Buckinghamshire; Scotland; and the London boroughs of Hounslow, Kingston and Richmond, however students from outside of these areas are welcome to apply.  There is no charge for the food, accommodation or activities, in other words the summer school is free of charge. Travel bursaries are available for students who are currently in care or currently eligible for free school meals.

Students stay overnight for three nights in Homerton College and experience undergraduate life by attending study sessions led by University academics, and also through social activities put on by the college.  Students experience sample lectures, seminars and small group work.  There is also guidance on admissions and interviews, the opportunity to engage with current undergraduate students, and the chance for students to explore the city of Cambridge for themselves.  The Summer Schools are an excellent opportunity to gain an insight into studying at top universities, receive help and support on applying to competitive universities, and meet peers from all over the UK.

For students interested in other subjects, a number of other colleges and departments also run summer schools, so please do check to see what is available.  A non-exhaustive list of events you may be interested in is below:

Eligibility Criteria

We use both academic and widening participation (WP) criteria to assess applicants for the Summer Schools.  To be eligible to apply for the Homerton College Summer Schools, applicants must:

  • Be in Year 12, S5 or equivalent (home UK only)
  • Attend a state-maintained school or college (applications will also be considered from students who are on a means-tested scholarship to an independent school)
  • Have achieved at least 5 A’s or 7’s at GCSE or equivalent (e.g. National 5’s), and be on track to acheive AAA or above at A-level (or equivalent)
  • Be taking relevant subjects in relation to the Summer School they are applying for:
    • For Physical Sciences, students must be taking at least one of Physics and Chemistry, and at least two (preferably three) of ​Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Further Mathematics.
    • For Economics​, students must be taking Mathematics​.  Other relevant subjects which may be taken into consideration are ​Further Mathematics, Economics, Geography and Business Studies​ (the latter only if Economics is not available at your school - if this is the case, please mention so in your application form)
    • For ​Engineering​, students must be taking ​Mathematics and Physics​.  ​Further Mathematics ​is useful if it is offered at your school.

In addition, priority will be given to applicants who meet one or more of the following criteria, though this is not a prerequisite to applying:

  • The first generation in their family to attend university
  • Currently eligible for free school meals, or have been eligible in the past six years
  • Attend a school or college in a deprived area, or an area with low progression to higher education (based upon IMD and POLAR4 data)
  • Currently, or have previously been, in local authority or foster care
  • Attend a school or college in one of Homerton's link areas (see introduction)