Date: 12th-16th August 2024 
Location: RVC Camden and Hawkshead campuses
Year Group: Year 12 
Capacity: 50 pupils 
Cost: FREE

The deadline for applications to the RVC Sutton Trust Summer School has now passed and applications are closed.

We hosted a webinar for those interested in applying to RVC's Sutton Trust Summer School 2024, the recording is available to watch here:

Introduction to the RVC Sutton Trust Summer School (STSS) →

This Summer School, funded by the RVC and the Sutton Trust, is a free to attend, 5-day residential course for fifty current Year 12 (England and Wales), Year 13 (Northern Ireland) or S5 (Scotland) pupils from under-represented backgrounds. To be eligible to apply for this programme, students must attend a state school and meet a number of other Widening Participation eligibility criteria such as being the first in the family to go to university, being eligible for Free School Meals, or living in an area with low progression rates to higher education.

The Sutton Trust Summer School is amongst the RVC’s most immersive residential programmes. This free to attend Summer School sees students live on RVC’S Hertfordshire Campus with all meals and equipment provided. Students, no matter their previous contact with animals, will have the opportunity to complete a variety of animal handling placements across a number of the RVC’s facilities that can contribute towards work experience requirements.  

This Summer School is designed to provide an authentic experience of what studying at the RVC is like with time spent at both campuses (London and Hertfordshire). The academic schedule will include lectures on a wide range of veterinary topics, conducting a research project, engaging in group-led teaching, learning practical clinical skills, and trying to solve a real-life veterinary case! To complement the teaching, learning will take place within a welcoming and inclusive environment alongside peers from similar backgrounds, all with aspirations to study Veterinary Medicine.

Students will be allocated a Student Ambassador as a mentor to support and guide their academic and professional development during the Summer School. Dedicated RVC professionals will provide comprehensive sessions around the application process with the aim of empowering students to fulfil their potential and join the RVC.

To support the comprehensive schedule there is a full social programme that facilitates the integration of Summer School students as well as providing an environment to develop skills, attributes and friendships. In past years this has included: sporting events, competing in a Masterchef competition and experiencing animal handling opportunities.

Check out the 2021 Summer School!

If you are a teacher, adviser or learner who is interested in finding out more about the RVC Sutton Trust Summer School, please contact us at

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