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Durham University Sutton Trust Summer School


Applications will open on Wednesday 8th January and close on Monday 10th March.

Applicants to Durham University’s Sutton Trust Summer School must be in Year 12 (or equivalent), attending a 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 those students meeting the greatest number of the following criteria:

  • have achieved at least 5 As or A*s at GCSE, or equivalent;
  • will be the first generation in their family to attend university;
  • attend schools or colleges with a low overall A-Level (or equivalent) point score and/or schools or colleges with low progression rates to higher education;
  • come from neighbourhoods with low overall progression rates to higher education or high levels of socio economic deprivation;
  • are (or have been) looked after, accommodated or in care;
  • are taking subjects in relation to the subject stream they are applying for.

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
  • Chemistry: taking Chemistry and Mathematics at A-Level or equivalent
  • Computer Science: taking Mathematics 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, to include French, 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

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.