Date: Monday 26th July -  Tuesday 3rd of August (Part Residential). We ask students who apply to keep the whole period free (not including the weekend). We will schedule the five days of the summer school between 26th July and 3rd August closer to the time, to maximise your time on campus where possible.  
Location: RVC Hawkshead or Camden Campuses 
Year Group: Year 12 
Capacity: 60 pupils 
Cost: FREE
Applications: Applications for the 2021 Summer School are now open and close on the 16th of March 

Eligibility:  The RVC Sutton Trust Summer School is intended to support young people from under-represented backgrounds in higher education. To participate in this activity you must attend a non-selective 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. For more information, please visit the Sutton Trust website

Details: The RVC Sutton Trust Summer School gives a real experience of university life studying Veterinary Medicine, Biosciences and Veterinary Nursing. This programme is usually a five-day residential held at our Hawkshead campus, however was run online in 2020 due to the pandemic and is likely to look slightly different again in 2021. As well as taking part in online lectures, virtual practical demonstrations and Q&A with our world-leading researchers, we really hope to welcome every student to campus for hands-on experiences in our animal hospitals, Clinical Skills Centre, labs or farm.  Whether online or in-person, you’ll still get the chance to meet current RVC students, other young people with a passion for animals and professionals working in a range of animal science careers. You’ll receive personal support to reach your goals and navigate the university application process. Work together to create group projects, solve veterinary case studies, and enjoy student social activities!  

The cost of transport, food and activities will be covered by the RVC and the Sutton Trust.

You can see what last year's Summer School looked like here!

100% of previous participants enjoyed their experience of Summer School! They reported increased confidence about going to university, skills for applying, and ability to make informed decisions about their future. 44% of our previous Summer School attendees successfully came to study at RVC - could you be next?

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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