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Summer School

Class photo of summer school attendees and Student Ambassadors

Free, immersive and as close as you’ll get to the ‘real thing’, Summer School is always a hit.

Running during the Summer Holidays, this structured event can spark a student’s ambition. We find that many of our Summer School attendees are the first in their families to express an interest in the university, and they want to find out more about what university life is like.

We fund the entire experience, from offering students the cost of their meals to travel and activities. 

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Summer School 2024

This exciting project is designed for students in Year 12 and will take place at Plymouth Marjon University.

Marjon Summer School is a FREE opportunity for students to discover what it is like to study courses which fall under our Education, Communities & Children umbrella at university level. This programme will be led by academic staff, members of the School & College Liaison Team and Student Ambassadors. 

 All meals and accommodation will be provided free of charge, and there is a travel bursary available to assist with transportation costs. 

We’ll run pre-UCAS workshops on student finance and personal statement writing, so that students are prepared should they wish to apply to Higher Education. 

Participants will also work with current Marjon students and Student Ambassadors, giving them a chance to discover the social side of university life through fun group activities.

Please email us if you have any questions on 

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What is it about?

Summer School will focus on courses which fall under our Education, Communities & Children umbrella, comprising a number of topic sessions, university information sessions and different extra-curricular activities.

What students had to say

Here's what we previous attendees have had to say about Marjon Summer School:

“I’d already thought about university but Summer School has narrowed down what I want to do as well as widening up what I could do in the future. Summer School has confirmed for me the fact I want to come to university, I can see university sessions are so much different to college work. It’s more in depth, you get taught how to learn, rather than just being spoken at. I felt like I’ve really bonded with everyone over the week.”

“My experience has been amazing, I think I’ve learnt a lot, as well as a lot about myself, it’s made me more independent. It’s improved my communication skills. Summer School has definitely changed my perception of university. I wasn’t sure before but now I 100% want to come, the sessions are so much different to 6th form and [I enjoyed] the experience of being in halls.”

“[One particular] session really inspired me, I walked in and thought “This is what I want to do”. Definitely go [to Summer School], even if you’re a bit worried about going, still go. I was but I really enjoyed it in the end because it’s been the best experience of my life. Summer School has been incredible and inspiring for the future.”

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible for our Summer School you must be in Year 12 and meet one of the following criteria:

  • The student attends one of our Progression Agreement schools
  • The student lives in a 'low participation' neighbourhood as defined by home postcode 
  • Neither parent (or guardian) has attended university in the UK or abroad
  • The student is, or has been, a looked after young person
  • The student has a disability or specific learning difficulty (including dyslexia)  

If you're not sure whether you do please email us at - you'd be surprised how many people do meet the criteria!