Re: University of Brighton Summer Schools - Applications now open
Dear Parent/Carer
 
University of Brighton Summer School Registration closes on Monday 30th April.
 
If your son or daughter would like to try out a subject at the university they need to register their interest asap. Students do not need to be planning on applying to Uni of Brighton to participate.

Previous students who have signed up and attended summer schools have come back into Year 13 with a much better understanding of the direction they are taking. They have had the chance to try out their subject and they are more motivated to get the grades to get their place at university. If they want to apply to any university, they will also be required to compose a Personal Statement when completing their UCAS form outlining why they want to study the course they are choosing. They will stand out from the crowd if they can draw on experiences they gained by attending a summer school. If an admissions manager at a university is  trying to choose between two students whose grades are the same, attendance at a summer school shows commitment to that subject. It also shows confidence and courage going somewhere new.  This is on top of what they would learn about the subject itself. Admissions staff at universities will always view summer school attendance favourably. 
 
For further information please use the link https://www.brighton.ac.uk/studying-here/applying-to-brighton/schools-teachers/compact-brighton/compact-events/index.aspx
 
Cordelia

Cordelia Dobbie
Careers Coordinator and Compact Plus Coordinator
 
Dear Parents/Carers,
 
University of Brighton Summer Schools
Application Deadline 30th April 2018
 
If your son or daughter is planning on applying to university next term to start their degree in the Sept/Oct 2019, they will need to complete a UCAS application form. The element of the UCAS application that strikes fear into most students' hearts is the compilation of their individual Personal Statement. Attendance at a university Summer School (which are offered by many universities across the country) demonstrates a commitment to that subject, it helps a student understand the subject better and the experience boosts their confidence when trying to make choices about their next steps. Admissions officers read the Personal Statements students write and if a student can draw on their experiences of a summer school they will immediately stand out from the crowd. The student will find writing the Personal Statement much easier too!

Please see below for more information.
 
The University of Brighton Summer School programme offers students the chance to experience what it's like studying a subject they love at university. Students will learn in an academic environment, working with students from other schools, current university undergraduates, postgraduates, and academic staff. The programmes are designed to be accessible to all, and allow students to make an informed decision about their University options.  
 
 
To apply, applicants should visit www.brighton.ac.uk/summerschools and click on the ‘Summer Schools 2018’ tab.
 
 
Our programme of Summer Schools includes:
Humanities
3-6 July (Residential)
Suitable for students interested in subjects such as History, Linguistics, English, Politics & Philosophy, this summer school will explore how we can critically engage with the world around us.
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Maths)
3-6 July (Residential)
Suitable for students interested in any ‘STEM’ subject, including pharmacy, engineering, computing, product design and architecture.
Healthcare
3-6 July (Residential)
Suitable for students interested in subjects like Physiotherapy, Nursing, Midwifery, Podiatry, Occupational Therapy and Paramedic Practice.
Social Sciences
3-6 July (Residential)
For students interested in applied Social Sciences, our varied programme will include subjects like Criminology, Psychology, Sociology, Social Policy, Politics and Social Work.  
 
Sports
21-25 August (Residential)
Held at our well-equipped facilities in Eastbourne, this programme is suitable for students interested in sports science, PE teaching, sports coaching or sport business management.
 
Fashion, Textiles & Design
6-10 August (Non-residential)
For students studying textiles, design or art; build your personal portfolio of work and develop skills in fashion design at our city centre campus, alongside current lecturers and undergraduates. 
Photography
6-10 August (Non-residential)
Develop your personal portfolio alongside lecturers and undergraduates at our city centre campus. Ideal for students studying photography or art at A-level or BTEC and interested in Photography at degree level.
Academic Programme
Participants will take part in a range of workshops, mini lectures, seminars, and study skills workshops to get a taste of our courses and life at university. Most of our summer schools cover a range of related subjects, some of which you may never have considered!
There will also be activities designed to support you in choosing a course and to provide help with your applications, such as personal statement writing sessions (exact content will vary by subject).

Accommodation and Social Activities
Our Social Sciences, STEAM, Healthcare, Humanities and Sports Summer Schools are residential. Students will be hosted on-campus in our halls of residence in Brighton or Eastbourne, supported by University of Brighton staff and current undergraduates. All accommodation and meals are provided for free, with social activities in the evening to give a real taste of University life.
Our Fashion and Photography Summer Schools are day schools, hosted at our Grand Parade campus in Brighton’s city centre, close to train and bus links.

Mentor support
All of our Summer Schools are closely supported by current undergraduates studying relevant courses, who take part in every activity. Participants will get to know their mentor who can give them informal, genuine advice on their university experience and answer questions.
Students are also linked with an e-mentor who can offer university advice and guidance before and after the summer school.

Is there any cost to take part?
No – our entire Summer School programme is completely free to participants. Meals are provided and students who require financial support for travel can apply to have the costs of their travel reimbursed.

How to apply
Applications are open to students aged 16-17, currently in Year 12 (first year of further education/college/6th form) and taking related A-Levels, IB or BTEC qualifications. Our summer schools are designed to give you a taste of what University is like, so we welcome applications from any student, whether or not you have made your mind up about applying to University.

To apply, please visit www.brighton.ac.uk/summerschools and click on the ‘Summer Schools 2018’ tab.
The deadline for applications is 30th April 2018. 
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