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Durham University Sutton Trust Summer School


Applicants to Durham University’s Sutton Trust Summer School must be in Year 12 (or equivalent), attending a maintained state school or college and under the age of 18 on the first day of the summer they are applying for. To find out more information about the application process, and to apply for a place on the programme, visit the Sutton Trust website. At Durham, application decisions are made by qualified staff in the University’s Access & Student Recruitment Team.

Gaining a place on the scheme can be competitive. Priority will be given to students who meet all or most of the following criteria:

• will be the first generation in their family to attend university or who have been eligible for free school meals;

• have achieved at least 5 A/A*s at GCSE or equivalent;

• attend schools or colleges with a low overall A-level (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. Students should be under the age of 18 at the time of the summer school.

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
  • Business: achieved Grade A 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
  • Geography: taking one science subject at A-Level (which includes Geography) or equivalent
  • Mathematics: taking Mathematics at A-Level or equivalent, and Further Mathematics, only if offered by the school
  • Medicine: taking Chemistry and/or Biology at A-Level or equivalent
  • 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 Grave VIII in at least one musical instrument (including singing)
  • Pharmacy: taking Chemistry and ONE of Biology, Mathematics or Physics at A-Level or equivalent
  • 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 C 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.

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.