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The LPN Summer School 2020 Christ’s College, Cambridge 16-19 August 2020
A summer school at Cambridge University for students who live in areas of low participation in Higher Education.
Each year Christ’s College, Cambridge works in collaboration with Sidney Sussex and Murray Edwards Colleges to run an August summer school for Year 11 students who live in areas of low participation to higher education (LPN).
The LPN Summer School is designed to encourage academically able students from areas of the country where students are less likely to enter higher education to consider making applications to top universities, including the University of Cambridge.
It is also important to note that this programme consists of visits in both the summers of Year 11 and Year 12 – however, the Year 12 leg is only open to those who have been part of the programme from Year 11. Therefore, we strongly encourage any eligible students to make an application, as they will receive support and guidance for their studies and university in the summer and beyond, whichever form that may need to take.
The programme includes a variety of masterclasses given by Cambridge University researchers, an opportunity to get to know Cambridge, information about making an application to Cambridge, and a chance to meet current Cambridge students.
Applications for the 2020 summer school are now open, and will close on Thursday 28th May.
For more information about the summer school, the eligibility criteria, and to make an application, visit the college’s website:
As part of the summer school programme, students have the opportunity to attend a series of seminars that will introduce them to the study of a particular subject at university level.
This year (2020), the following subject strands will be available:
- Bio-Chemistry (Human/Medical)
- Bio-Chemistry (Non-medical)
- Physical Sciences
- Social Sciences
Students wishing to apply for a place on the summer school should choose which subject strand they wish to attend and indicate this on their application form (there is also an option to be considered for a reserve choice if you are not selected for your first choice). The same number of places is available on each subject strand, so please choose the subject that interests you the most.
Who is eligible to apply?
If you meet all of the following criteria, you are eligible to apply for a place on the LPN summer school:
- You are in Year 11 (England and Wales), or Year 12 in Northern Ireland or S4 (Scotland), and would have been about to take your GCSEs or National 5s at a UK school that does not charge fees.
- You are going on to study academic qualifications for Sixth Form, at a school or college that does not charge fees.
- You live in an area of low participation in higher education. – Check with Mr Vickery if you are unsure.
- You are on target to receive a majority of As or Bs or above at GCSE (or equivalent).
- You can provide the name and email address of a teacher who can support your application. We recommend that you ask your teacher that this is okay before you give us their details.
We encourage applications from those who may be the first in their family to go to university (parents/carers did not attend university), a young carer, a refugee, from a BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) background, eligible for free school meals currently or in the past, have spent any time in care, or who are estranged from their
family (i.e. you no longer have contact with your parents and may be living with another family member).
As this event is still some months away, we are currently planning to run it as a residential event in Cambridge if the situation regarding Covid-19 allows. In the eventuality that we are unable to run this event in-person, we will provide an online alternative for those who are selected to attend on the same dates. The application form asks students to indicate the feasibility of attending both in-person and online versions of the programme, and participants will be notified of any changes as far in advance as possible.