Taster Week

Programme overview

Our Taster Weeks are on campus experiences open to S4 and S5 pupils who attend a secondary school in Glasgow City Council.

Throughout the programme pupils experience a wide range of academic subjects, engage with undergraduate students and gain first-hand experience of Higher Education.

The weeks usually take place at the start of June.

Those taking part in S5 will also complete our Academic Skills module. Successful completion of the module may lead to an adjusted offer of entry from the University of Glasgow.


To be eligible, pupils must attend a secondary school in Glasgow City Council.

How to apply

Applications open in March.

Why take part

Participants choose from one of our academic streams and get the opportunity to attend bespoke sessions in your chosen subject areas.  Previous streams have included Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences and Mathematical Sciences. The lectures are delivered by academic staff and postgraduate tutors. 

You will also complete our Academic Skills module which will help you to learn the skills required to be a successful student and we will also have information sessions and workshops on applying to university, finance and student support.

Successful completion of the Academic Skills module may lead to an adjusted offer of entry from the University of Glasgow.

Contact us

For more information, please email: wpsummerschool@glasgow.ac.uk.


Please see our testimonials page.

Frequently asked questions

How do I find out if I can take part in the programme?

Please check the eligibility criteria and speak to your pastoral care or guidance teacher. They will be able to confirm whether or not your school takes part in the programme and if you can take part.

You do not work with my school, but I meet the eligibility criteria, can I still take part?

Unfortunately, if we do not run the programme in your school you will not be able to take part. However, you may be eligible for our Summer School or Sutton Trust Programme.

Will I be required to do any work?

Yes. The reason that our pre-entry programmes can lead to adjusted offers on entry is because they are academic rigorous. Throughout the programmes you will complete university level (SCQF Level 7) work with the support of our widening participation tutors and staff.

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

Speak to your pastoral care teacher in the first instance. Alternatively, you may wish to consult our Extenuating Circumstances policy.

For clarification of any terminology, please consult our glossary of terms.