blended learning

Virtual Summer School

Tuesday 6 – Friday 9 July 2021

Our four-day Virtual Summer School will offer students the chance to experience university-level study through a programme of interactive subject-specific and higher education information, advice and guidance sessions. 

Students will choose a one of the following subject programmes:

Academic staff will set students a range of tasks and activities to complete over the four days. There will also be an opportunity for students to participate in social and wellbeing activities, led by our fantastic team of student ambassadors.

Students will attend up to 8 hours of workshop sessions over the four days, and can also choose to attend optional evening social activities.

Places at the Virtual Summer School are limited and will be allocated to Year 12 school and college students from groups currently under-represented in higher education, who meet the eligibility criteria as per the University’s 2020-21 Fee and Access Plan. There is no charge to attend the Virtual Summer School.

Students who attend the Virtual Summer School and enrol on a full-time 3 or 4 year undergraduate degree course in September 2022, will be eligible for the USW Summer School Bursary, worth £500 to spend on technology or other materials to support their learning.



  • The Virtual Summer School will be advantageous to students in completing their UCAS application forms, and will help set them apart from other students by demonstrating a commitment to extra-curricular study. 
  • The Virtual Summer School will enable students to have an immersive experience of a subject of their interest at University-level and will complement their Level 3 studies, thereby supporting transition to Year 13 and University. 
  • Covid-19 restrictions have meant that students have been unable to visit universities since March 2020. The Virtual Summer School will enable students to gain an insight into studying at university from the comfort and safety of their own home, or from their school or college setting. 
  • The Virtual Summer School will provide students with invaluable, personalised HE information, advice and guidance including advice on the UCAS process, developing an excellent personal statement, preparing for interviews and researching universities and courses. 
  • As part of the Virtual Summer School, students will be able to interact with current USW students via a series of fun activities and ask them questions on everything from student life to student finance. Students will also have the opportunity to meet and engage with other attendees from schools and colleges across the UK.
  • Following the Virtual Summer School, we’ll be able to connect students with the University’s support services, such as the Disability and Wellbeing Service, Learner Services, Accommodation and many more.