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Pre-University Summer Residential Programme Admission Criteria:

STEP 1: Please choose one of the following Academic Subjects


Although there are several different branches (for example analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, and biophysical chemistry) broadly speaking Chemistry is the study of the composition and properties of matter, and how different substances react in each other’s presence thereby changing their composition and properties. 


Economists study how resources are distributed. This may be macroeconomics; how money supply, governments, businesses, consumers etc interact with each other on a national and international scale, or microeconomics; how individual consumers and companies etc interact.


Law is all around us. How is the governance of human beings’ personal, social, economic and political relationships practiced? This is the study of law. As the LSE Law Department explains the subject, “the legal judgements and academic commentaries you will have to read are mostly made up of arguments…. about what the law is…. how it should be applied…. what the law ought to be…. why the law is as it is; arguments about these arguments”. Covering a wide variety of different areas of human activity, from family law to commercial law, criminal law to international law, a law degree requires not only attention to detail but also the ability to persuade others.


Physics is the scientific study of matter and energy, and how they interact with each other. This energy can take the form of many things such as motion, light, electricity, radiation or gravity — just about anything. Physics deals with matter on scales ranging from sub-atomic particles (i.e. the particles that make up the atom and the particles that make up those particles) to stars and even entire galaxies.


Sociologists study the relationships, inequalities and differences arising from our membership of social groups. They are interested in how our identities are shaped by class, race and gender, as well as by culture and the impact of phenomena such as consumerism and globalisation. Sociology may not change your life; but it will definitely help you think critically, evaluate complex ideas and construct cogent arguments.

STEP 2: Please choose one of the following Academic Subject


Biology is the study of life and living organisms. From its ancient beginnings modern biology has evolved into a wide and eclectic field composed of many specialised disciplines. These disciplines study the structure, function, growth, distribution, evolution, and other features of living organisms, from a single cell to complex multicellular creatures. Our Biology course covers the topics of Evolution, Genetics and Biodiversity.


The world appears to be in a state of change. International Relations taster sessions will explore questions concerning the changing world order. Is it true that America is in decline and others, such as China, on the rise? Are states still the main centres of power in the world today? How about multi-national companies? Who or what may influence international events most? Who or what may hold the key to global power in the future?


Mathematics is the science that deals with the logic of shape, quantity and arrangement. Maths is all around us, in everything we do. It is the building block for everything in our daily lives, including mobile devices, architecture, art, money, engineering, and even sports. The more complex a society, the more complex its mathematical needs.


Business and Consumer Psychology will introduce you to the different approaches taken in psychology and give insights into how and why we do the things we do. Your task (in pairs or small groups) will be to introduce a new product to the market, such as a new mobile phone, drink, clothing item, sports car, or any other product of your choice, and to give a final presentation to the class, using psychological methods to influence us to buy your product.


Developmental Psychology will give you the opportunity to think about how we develop attachments to our families,  as well as the chance to plan your own psychological experiment,  which will involve considering some of the ethical dilemmas which can arise in such scientific, ‘knowledge-seeking’ activities.

STEP 3: Please choose one of the following Academic Studies


Academic Writing is about learning to write in a formal, planned and focused manner which answers a question, at the same time demonstrating a clear understanding of the subject. Whilst particular disciplines may have different writing conventions, overall you will learn how to write coherently in a logical order which brings together related points and material. This entails demonstrating sound knowledge of the subject area, whilst supporting opinions and arguments with evidence, and providing standard, accurate referencing.


In Formal Communication classes, you will learn about British debating through playing fun games, acting, formal presentations and formal debating. You will receive individual, instant verbal feedback during the lessons and personal written feedback at the end of the programme.

The format of British debating requires debaters to develop the skills and techniques required for ‘thinking on your feet’, and has proven to be very successful in encouraging quick thinking skills and the communication of your ideas succinctly in formal situations.

STEP 4: Please choose one of the following Academic Studies


With such a wide variety of degree courses available and so many universities to choose from, and whilst league tables of universities can be useful, making the choices for yourself with respect to what and where to study can be daunting as it is so complex.

The University Counselling module is designed to help you unravel the possibilities and refine your choices. You are guided in researching your preferred subject to study at university, and in thinking more deeply about which of the available courses would be most suitable for you, given your particular strengths and interests. This module is directly relevant to the University and Study Tours module below which provides you with an opportunity to visit a variety of campuses, this being another important element in coming to your ultimate decision regarding which universities to apply to.

There is a difference in emphasis between the Junior and Senior classes. The Junior class will focus more on exploring options in order to try to narrow down your choices. The Senior class will focus more on refining your plans and preparing for your university application.


In Enterprise Studies you will identify traits common among entrepreneurs and learn how to think creatively to add value to products. You will also experience the significant role of teamwork in creating and promoting a product, as well as the importance of maintaining accurate financial records.

STEP 5: Please choose one of the following Academic Studies


Many high performing students have strong subject knowledge. However, whilst this is a fundamental requirement when one aims to apply to one of the world’s most academically rigorous universities, many still struggle in the area of problem-solving and critical thinking. This course focuses on enhancing your skills in these areas.

Please note that there is an additional entrance requirement for this course. (hyperlink ‘additional entrance requirement’ to apply now)


In Cambridge we are fortunate to have some fine museums, living testimony to the centuries of learning that have made the City the famous place it is. In Museum Studies you will visit several museums where you will learn about some of the significant objects of scientific value they contain, as well as taking part in fun activities which will enhance your scientific knowledge and understanding in a ‘hands-on’ manner.

STEP 6: Please choose one of the following university visits

Birmingham / Warwick


STEP 7: Please choose one of the following university visits

Imperial College London

London School of Politics and Economic Sciences

STEP 8: Please choose one of the following university visits

King’s College London

University College London

STEP 9: Oxford and Cambridge University

If you are thinking about applying to Oxford or Cambridge, please include this in your choice. Please also refer to entrance requirement for further details.

STEP 10: Please choose the age appropriate level

JUNIOR: You should choose this level, if you are currently studying the first year of your A Levels or equivalent curriculum. In normal circumstances you will be expecting to start university in September 2021. This is for students of 16 or 17 years old.

SENIOR: You should choose this level, if you are currently studying the first year of your A Levels or equivalent curriculum. In normal circumstances you will be expecting to start university in September 2021. This is for students of 16 or 17 years old.

STEP 11: Please choose your accommodation

Single room with en suite

Double room with en suite

Submit Application Documents:

  • Copy of your passport;
  • A short personal statement in English (explaining why you want to attend this programme, approx 250 words);
  • Latest school report;
  • A recommendation letter from your teacher;
  • Language test certificate; or
  • IGCSE certificate

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