Summer schools

The Outreach team currently run Summer Schools for Year 12 students in the areas of Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Languages and English. See below to find out what our 2013/14 Summer Schools involved.

Year 12 Summer School in English Literature

(run with the Departments of English Literature and Film, Theatre & Television)

Location: University of Reading

Date: 3-4 July 2014

Cost: Free

The Turn of the Screw is a ghost story by Henry James, one of the most celebrated Anglo-American novelists of all time. A short novel full of mystery and intrigue, it has generated heated critical debate and inspired adaptations for stage and screen since its first publication in 1898.

The University of Reading Summer School, 'Henry James's The Turn of the Screw: Creative Transformations,' provided students with the opportunity to explore this exciting and controversial text with subject specialists from the Department of English Literature and the Department of Film, Theatre & Television. Over the course of two days, students got to analyse and interpret The Turn of the Screw on the page, on screen, and through practical workshops.


Year 12 Summer School in French and German

co-sponsored by Routes into Languages South ( HEFEC funded)

Location: University of Reading

Date: 8-9 July 2014

Cost: Free

Our Year 12 non-residential summer school was for students studying French and German at AS Level and who were thinking about studying languages at university. Over the two days of the summer school, students received help towards improving their linguistic abilities as well as experiencing sessions on areas of culture, history and politics from those countries.  Through the summer schools, students were able to get a feel for the whole experience of language learning.


Year 12 Biology Summer School

Location: University of Reading

Date: 14-16 July 2014

Cost: Free

Synthetic Biology is a new, exciting and fast developing area of science with significant implications for future generations. Over the three days of the summer school, students focused on the techniques and processes that underpin synthetic biology and undertook practical experiments in our University laboratories using techniques such as transformations, the Polymerase Chain Reaction, and gel electrophoresis. The aim was to familiarise participants with synthetic biology techniques and approaches, including the ethical and societal issues related to synthetic biology.


Year 12 Chemistry Summer School

Location: University of Reading

Date: 8-9 July 2014

Cost: Free

Over the two days of this laboratory-based summer school, students experienced sample lectures and undertook a variety of practical experiments, including an organic synthesis and natural product extraction. In addition to this, students also got to try out a range of analytical techniques, such as IR, NMR and Mass Spectrometry.


Year 12 Maths Summer School

Location: University of Reading

Date: 15-16 July 2014

Cost: Free

This two day summer school gave students who were interested in applying for Maths-related degree subjects at university the opportunity to consolidate, and extend, their mathematical knowledge gained in their AS Level studies. Students found out about the ways in which maths can be used in the 'real world' and developed their problem solving skills. Through the summer school, students also got to experience university life and interact with current undergraduates.


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