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Teesside University Year 12 Summer School

9th – 12th July 2018


Thinking about going to university? Try it out for yourself at our Year 12 residential summer school.

You will participate in academic sessions covering a range of subjects that you could study if you were a student here.

At Teesside University, higher education is available to everyone with the talent and energy to succeed. Our academic staff are experts in their field, supportive and dedicated to providing an excellent teaching and learning environment.

You will interact with current students and learn how to be a successful student yourself.

What you can do

You will take part in some challenging academic sessions and project work, and we have got some great social activities planned for you too.

If you apply for summer school you must be able to attend all 4 days and reside in the halls for 3 nights. To ensure you get the best experience possible, we expect 100% attendance, and will only accept absences in case of illness or personal emergency.

You will spend 4 days and 3 nights on campus, staying in Central Halls. Centrally-located on the doorstep of the University, Central Halls is a two-minute walk to the town centre with its shops, restaurants and amenities. It's close to the main entrance of the University, making it handy for students to attend on-campus sessions. The newest of our accommodation blocks, Central Halls consists of single en-suite bedrooms within individual apartments that share a kitchen/diner space. The building has an in-house cinema/games room and social spaces to meet other people. All rooms are non-smoking. Living in these halls gives you a real experience of Teesside and the campus we have to offer.

The Social Side

The social side of university is just as important as academic studies and provides you with excellent life skills. That's why we want you to have a great time with us on the summer school. Social activities such as bowling, pizza night and quiz, themed party night and sports activities help you to make and develop friendships.

How it will help you

  • learn more about the wide range of undergraduate courses that Teesside University offers
  • meet new people who share your interests
  • take part in a subject that interests you in depth and you are considering studying at university
  • explore an area of learning that you might not have come across at school
  • decide what subject you want to apply for at university
  • think about future career opportunities
  • enhance your personal confidence and ability to articulate your ideas and opinions
  • gain an impressive academic achievement to discuss in your UCAS personal statement and at university interviews during Year 13

Best of all, it's completely FREE


Teesside University offers over 140 undergraduate courses. We have selected a range for you to try out while you are here.

On the application form you will be asked to state which subject/summer school you are wanting to apply for. You can either choose a course that you know you want to study at university or try out a new subject that you don't know much about but think you might find interesting. The subjects we are offering for the 2018 summer school are:

Sport & nutrition
Experience an interactive tour of the University’s facilities – you’ll have the opportunity to observe blood pressure and BMI testing, food lab demos, 3D printing, strength and conditioning labs, Optijump and body comp demonstrations. You’ll also take part in a variety of tasks to test reaction time, calculate metabolic rates, prepare food for athletes and analyse movement.

Law, Criminology and Crime Scene Science
The right to a fair trial, which most famously exists under Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights, has a long established history within the English legal system. During this interactive session you’ll explore some of the more contentious issues surrounding the protection of this right, including the techniques used by police when interviewing suspects and the admissibility of evidence during criminal trials. Using the on campus crime scene house you will gain an understanding of how CSIs examine, document and collect evidence from crime scenes as well as how evidence types are examined within a forensic laboratory.

Home design & construction
Working to an interior design brief in a dedicated design study, you’ll study the processes, methods of working, skills and design communication required to take an interior idea from concept to completion.

All you’ll need to bring to the session is an interest in how where we live can shape and enhance our lives. There will be opportunities to debate and share ideas as well as developing practical design skills such as the manipulation of space and the selection and specification of fixtures, fitments and associated materials.

Fashion and graphic design
The sports industry is a huge market creating products for performance wear and athleisure (athletic apparel that people wear in non-athletic settings). This industry relies on a diverse team of garment, footwear, material, colour and design experts.

This workshop investigates the role of fashion and graphic designers in the sports industry and looks at the big players including Nike and Adidas. These companies thrive on innovation and cutting edge design.

During the sessions you’ll create designs for a range of materials and you’ll learn about image making, promotion, manufacture and printing. At the end of the session you’ll reflect on your teamwork and the creative processes required for a range of sports industry products.

Expect a fun packed and interactive experience exploring Teesside’s campus and the local area. You’ll take part in sessions about teams and people, relationships in business and what it takes to have a business in the area. Your learning will culminate in a group project where you’ll work on your very own business challenge.

Team entrepreneurship
Inspired by the ground-breaking Finnish Team Academy approach, the BA (Hons) Team Entrepreneurship at Teesside is a new type of learning and one of only a handful of similar degrees in the UK. During your week of experiences you’ll learn about and practice some of the key theoretical skills used in this type of degree.

Largely based on practice, you’ll be supported throughout your sessions by business coaches and lecturers. Through interactive activities you’ll learn how to find compromises in a team situation, show initiative, take a leadership role and communicate well. You’ll also gain an understanding of the regional, national and international contexts for business.

This session introduces you to the world of physiotherapy. Through practical activities you’ll learn how the body works, what happens when it becomes diseased or injured, and how physiotherapists work with individuals to assess and rehabilitate them. You’ll also explore our fantastic, purpose-built facilities, meet tutors, students and local clinicians, and hear our top tips for applying for a physiotherapy course.

Health and social care
Introducing you to healthcare, this session outlines the varying roles in the healthcare system, highlighting the links between them. You’ll have the opportunity to explore and use our purpose-built healthcare facilities and meet our tutors. This session opens your mind to a range of exciting healthcare careers across a number of fields.

Cyber security
In this session you’ll get hands on experience building a network. You’ll be introduced to a range of networking tools, as well as developing your understanding of data governance and security standards.

Computer games
This session is an introduction to the fundamentals of concept art and game development. You’re introduced to the core skills required by concept artists and you’ll explore what a good portfolio of artwork should include.

You work with traditional tools and have access to industry standard hardware and software used by professional concept artists and games developers. You develop skills to enable you to effectively visualise your ideas in a professional manner. You learn how to take your initial ideas and develop them into fully realised concepts and final images suitable for presentation.

You will undertake one subject throughout the summer school experience.

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Dates and Applying


To apply for the summer school you must complete and return an application form

Forms may also be available from your careers office at school/college


Deadline for applications is Friday 4 May 2018. We will continue to accept applications after this date, but we can't guarantee that your subject of interest will still be available. Apply as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.


To secure a place you must meet our criteria:

  • be in Year 12 with an intention to progress into Year 13
  • have an interest in progressing into higher education
  • be 18 years of age or under
  • have good academic credentials (at least 5 GCSE's A*- C)
  • be able to attend the entire summer school, including staying overnight in halls of residence
  • get permission from your parents/guardians


How much will it cost?

It's completely Free! This includes all your food, drink, accommodation, travel during the summer school and social activities. Travel contributions to and from the summer school will be considered on an individual basis. If you want to bring some money with you for additional snacks and drinks you can, but this isn't essential.

How do I get to the University?

We will contact you in advance to give you further information about the campus and its transport links so that you can work out the best way to get here. You will be expected to make your own way to and from the campus, but we will have staff ready to welcome you to the University and we'll assist with travel contributions where we can.

What clothes do I need?

Casual clothes for everyday wear are fine. For the party night you might want to bring something a little smarter- but that's up to you. You will also need to bring some sportswear and trainers for the sporting activities that we have planned and please bear in mind the potential weather.

Will I have to share a room?

The halls of residence offer single, en-suite accommodation, so you will have your own room. Bedrooms are clustered within mini apartments of 4 - 8 bedrooms. These apartments share a kitchen/diner space for you to use. The accommodation has larger social spaces for students to also use. If you have a friend applying to the summer school then we can try and accommodate you staying in the same or close apartment (where possible) if you make us aware of this. Apartments are all single-sex.

What if I have any questions?

Don't worry, you will be given loads more information as you progress with your application and once you have a place confirmed. If you have any more questions in the meantime call 01642 738183, e-mail