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Durham University Sutton Trust Summer School


Please note that applications for the 2018 Sutton Trust Summer School have now closed. We will contact applicants in early May 2018 with application decisions.

Applicants to Durham University’s Sutton Trust Summer School must be in Year 12 (or equivalent), and attending a maintained state school or college. Although applications are closed this year, it is possible to find out more information about the application process by visiting the Sutton Trust website. At Durham, application decisions are made by qualified staff in the University’s Access & Student Recruitment Team.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • be in year 12 or equivalent e.g. S5 in Scotland (home UK only)
  • attend a state school or college
  • have achieved at least 5 A/A* (Grades 7-9) at GCSE, 5 A/B passes at National 5 or equivalent and be taking relevant subjects in relation to the subject stream they are applying for, if applicable

In addition, we are looking for applicants who meet all (or most) of these criteria:

  • will be the first generation in their family to attend university
  • have been eligible for free school meals and/or Pupil Premium and/or EMA/16-19 bursary during secondary school
  • attend schools or colleges with a low overall A-level, Higher/Advanced Higher (or equivalent) point score and/or schools or colleges with low progression to higher education*
  • come from neighbourhoods with low overall progression rates to higher education or high levels of socio economic deprivation**

In addition, priority will be given to students who are (or have been) looked after, accommodated or in care who will only need to meet the study year and academic requirements. Priority will also be given to students who are estranged from their family.

Please note that we will not accept applications to the Summer Schools from students who have already applied to university.

Some subjects have additional entry requirements which match those for the equivalent undergraduate programmes. You must be studying for the following A-levels (or equivalent) to be considered for the following subject streams:

  • Biology: taking Biology, Chemistry or Human Biology at A-Level or equivalent, plus one other science subject - For these purposes, Psychology, Maths and Geography are all considered sciences, but Physical Education is not.
  • Business: achieved Grade 7 in Mathematics at GCSE or equivalent
  • Chemistry: taking Chemistry and Mathematics at A-Level or equivalent
  • Computer Science: taking Mathematics at A-Level or equivalent
  • Earth Sciences: taking two Science subjects at A-Level or equivalent. For the Geophysics route, Mathematics or Further Mathematics at A-level at grade B or above, or a comparable qualification in Mathematics is required
  • English: taking English Literature at A-Level or equivalent
  • Economics: taking Mathematics at A-Level or equivalent
  • Engineering: taking Mathematics and Physics at A-Level or equivalent
  • Geography: taking one science subject at A-Level (which includes Geography) or equivalent
  • History: taking History at A-Level or equivalent
  • Mathematics: taking Mathematics at A-Level or equivalent, and Further Mathematics, only if offered by the school
  • Modern Languages: taking at least one foreign modern language at A-Level or equivalent (to include French for the French option)
  • Music: taking Music at A-Level or equivalent, and taking/achieved Grade VII/VIII in at least one musical instrument (including singing)
  • Physics: taking Mathematics and Physics at A-Level or equivalent
  • Politics: taking a humanities or social sciences subject at A-Level or equivalent
  • Psychology: achieved at least Grade 5 in Mathematics at GCSE or equivalent

If you are unsure if you are studying the correct subjects, or if you would like further clarification on the eligibility criteria, contact the Team directly, and we will be more than happy to help.

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Feedback Procedure:

  • Feedback on decisions can be provided upon request
  • Under the Data Protection Act a request for feedback should come from the applicant or from someone that the applicant gives express and voluntary consent, in writing, to act on their behalf, such as a school adviser.
  • The University does not provide feedback to parents unless the applicant has given prior, express and voluntary consent, in writing.


Complaints and Appeals Procedure:

    • If an applicant has a query following the provision of feedback and is unable to resolve this informally, a complaint may be made. Complaints should be made under the University's complaints policy. A complaint is defined as a specific concern related to a procedural error, irregularity or mal-administration in the admissions procedures or policies.
    • Appeals, defined as a request by an unsuccessful applicant for a formal review of the outcome of an admissions decision, will not be considered.
    • Applicants will not be discriminated against in any further application should they request feedback, or make a complaint under the University's policies and procedures.

    Contact us

    The Sutton Trust Team, Durham University

    Access and Engagement

    The Palatine Centre,

    Stockton Road


    DH1 3LE

    0191 334 9119