Widening Participation Summer School

Programme overview

Each year applicants attend our Summer School as part of their conditional offer of entry and to help prepare for the transition to university life.                  

Summer School usually takes place on our campus in the West End of Glasgow. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the course was completely online in 2020.  A decision on the form of the programme in 2021 will be made in early 2021. 

The Summer School in 2021 will take place from Monday 14th June until Friday 9th July.

Students study two academic subjects, plus a compulsory online academic skills course. Classes run from Monday – Friday and although timetables vary, you can expect to have around 20 hours of contact time each week. When the programme is on-campus you can also use the student unions, sports facilities, library and some student support services.

Summer School will prepare you for making the transition to university study and our research indicates that you should perform to a higher standard in your first year and be more likely to complete your degree at Glasgow than comparable students who do not take part. Other Scottish universities may also value your success in Summer School.

Your conditional offer of entry may state that you need to complete the Academic Skills module or that you need to complete the Summer School which will involve academic classes.

Academic Skills Module

If your conditional offer includes completion of the online Academic Skills module, you will be required to complete and pass an online module hosted on the University of Glasgow's Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle. You are free to complete the online academic skills module in your own time, within the specified dates, remotely. Support will be available throughout the programme.

Full Summer School

If your conditional offer is for the Summer School you will complete the online academic skills module and two academic subjects from the list below:

  • Biology
  • Business and Management
  • Chemistry
  • Computing Science
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • English Literature
  • Film and TV Studies
  • French
  • Geography and Earth Science
  • German
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish

You will be assigned to subject classes which are most closely related to the undergraduate degree you hold a conditional offer for.  Some academic classes can be in demand and therefore it is possible that classes will fill up.

Eligibility

  • Live in an SIMD decile 1-4 (SIMD 20/40)
  • Are care experienced
  • Are estranged from family and living without family support
  • Are a carer (provide unpaid care)
  • Are seeking asylum in the UK
  • Have refugee status
  • College leavers who are applying to the University for September entry

If you are a school leaver and meet one of the criteria above then it is likely that the University will make you a conditional offer dependent upon completion of Summer School. These offers are adjusted from the standard entry requirements.  If you are unable to attend the Summer School, your offer can be altered to the standard entry requirements.

If you are applying to the university from college with a HNC/HND qualification then you will be required to complete the Summer School as part of your conditional offer of entry to support your transition to university study.

How to apply

Applications are now open.  Before you register, please open the Summer School registration notes and have them to hand as you go through.  They include screenshots of each stage of the process.  If you need any additional assistance, please contact us on wpsummerschool@glasgow.ac.uk 

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Why take part

By taking part, participants will get first-hand experience of what it is like to study at Higher Education.  Learn the key academic skills that will allow them to be successful once they enter Higher Education these skills include critical thinking, critical reading, debate skills, note making and note taking skills.

The Summer School is accredited on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF), and by completing the Academic Skills module students receive 15 credits at SCQF level 7, while those who complete the full Summer School will receive 55 credits. 

Contact us

To find out more, please email: wpsummerschool@glasgow.ac.uk

Testimonials

Please see our testimonials page.

Frequently asked questions

I do not meet any of the eligibility criteria but have had adverse circumstances impact on my exam results/education. Can I take part?

If you are currently at school, speak to your pastoral care teacher in the first instance. Alternatively, you may wish to consult our Extenuating Circumstances policy.

I am taking part in the Reach Programme. Should I take part in the Summer School as well?

Successful completion of the Reach Programme will lead to an adjusted offer of entry to one of the four Reach professional degrees. If you apply to any other degree areas you will need to complete either the Top-Up programme or our Summer School programme.

I am taking part in the Top-Up Programme. Should I take part in the Summer School as well?

Successful completion of the Top-Up programme can form part of your adjusted offer of entry from the university. If you have or are currently taking part in the Top-Up programme but have been asked to take part in the Summer School as part of your offer from the University of Glasgow, please contact the Summer School on the details above.

For clarification of any terminology please consult our testimonials page.