Access to Sheffield Summer School

The Access to Sheffield Summer School gives you the chance to find out what itʼs really like to be a university student. The four night, five day experience is designed for Y12 students who would like to develop their skills in preparation for university.

Find out more about our Access to Sheffield summer school.


Throughout the five days, you’ll work in cross-faculty teams to approach a real-world themed topic. During these activities you’ll be introduced to and develop valuable transferable skills for university life and employment. There will be fun evening events so you can experience student life first hand and learn how our students balance university work and social activities. You’ll be supported throughout by an inspirational team of student ambassadors who are currently studying with us. 

What's included?

In simple terms; everything is included! All activities and equipment, overnight accommodation, meals and refreshments. We will also fund your travel to and from the University - this will be arranged on an individual basis as part of the application process and we'll help you every step of the way. You’ll even receive your own University branded hoodie, so you can really look the part of a student too.

Where will I stay? 

You’ll stay in our vibrant Endcliffe student residences. Our University owned accommodation is a popular choice with students during their first year of study, so youʼll get a flavour of what it's like to be part of the largest student community in Sheffield. 

Why should I attend?
  • Develop your personal effectiveness in team-working, communication and problem-solving skills
  • Gain experience giving and using feedback to review your own skills
  • Meet and learn from current university students
  • Enhance your preparedness for university and support your application
  • Make new friends from across the UK
  • Try out a range of sporting, social and evening activities to give you a real taste of university life
  • Get to know our inclusive, vibrant and green city through a range of activities in Sheffield

Skills Builder

The Skills Builder framework is embedded into all of our programmes as part of a sequential, skills-based curriculum. Our Access to Sheffield Summer School provides opportunities for students to practise and demonstrate essential skills, to develop their academic confidence and self-efficacy. Through participation, students will reflect on their own skill set and the importance of skills for academic success, in order to support their personal development and progression to higher education.

Access to Sheffield Summer School has been accredited by Skills Builder as an Impact Level 4 programme: Progressing in essential skills. 

Skills Builder level 4 accreditation badge


Access to Sheffield Summer School is for students from target groups who are currently underrepresented in Higher Education. There are two categories of target groups we use to shortlist applicants. You'll also need to meet our GCSE and A Level requirements. 

Category 1

Priority will be given to students who are:

  • care experienced
  • young carers
  • experiencing estrangement
  • a forced migrant

Category 2

Further consideration will be given to those who meet any of the following: 

  • Are eligible for Free School Meals
  • Live in an area of Low Participation Neighbourhood (measured by TUNDRA data)
  • Are from an ethnic/gender/socioeconomic group currently underrepresented in HE

GCSE requirements

Achieved a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 9-6, plus a minimum of grade 4 in English and Maths (if not already included).

A Level requirements 

You need to be studying at least 3 A Level or equivalent qualifications - at least two should be on the University’s acceptable subject list.

Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

How to apply

Applications for the Access to Sheffield Summer School will open in January 2024. In the meantime, you can register an interest to receive information and updates on the application process.

Register your interest now

If you have any questions, get in touch with the team at or call 0114 222 1027.

Summer school participants at our Endcliffe student accommodation

The expansion of this widening access programme has been made possible following a very generous donation made by the Law Family Charitable Foundation (LFCF). For further information please click here.