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The Pre University Summer School was a great experience that I would recommend to anyone considering pursuing an undergraduate degree. I signed up to study business and law as I was divided over which course I wanted to pursue once I finished my IB, and I can say now that I am confident about the decision I am going to make in my UCAS application.

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Our Academic Programme and Pathways Available

Global Challenge

In our Pre University Summer School 2022 programme, students will have the choice to explore the academic pathways below. There will be an average of 15 hours of academic content per week and where appropriate the pathways will include one or more field trips, included in the programme fee.

The objective of each academic pathway is to give students insight into the study of a particular subject in higher education but also help students to realise the differences and similarities between the degree choices within the pathways and the benefits and challenges of each. The programme is taught by our academic colleagues across the university and supported by current students to give participants on the Pre University Summer School a real perspective from the people who know best about life at university studying these subjects.

The pathways are all delivered using a variety of teaching styles including sample lectures, interactive workshops and seminars.

Following our 2021 programme, we looked at different ways of providing insight and experience to our students interested in their different disciplines. Much like you would for an undergraduate degree programme, our students will now have the exciting opportunity to build their own programme within their timetable and explore more areas that may be of interest to them.

Please note that the information below is provisional and exact session titles and content is subject to change.

Our Business and Law strand looks at the two different subjects as a whole with sessions from our Law School, ranked in the top 150 globally for Law study1 and our Business School, ranked number 1 for graduate outcomes2. These two areas have been put together as they are often combined in people's areas of interest and students frequently ask us if they can do both subjects. Programme session examples include the following topics:

  • Business Law
  • Contract Law
  • Medical Law
  • Business Management
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship

Students will also get the opportunity to learn from students who are study either or both areas and learn about which skill sets they use most often. As part of the programme, we will also be looking at the different career options and career paths taken by our Alumni.

1According to THE World University Rankings 2021

2DHLE 2017

This subject strand will give you a chance to explore some of our subjects delivered by our College of Humanities, currently ranked within the top 100 places worldwide to study Arts and Humanities.1

Join our academic colleagues and students from the subjects of History, English, Drama and Art History, and see what you could do during and post higher education. The strand will involve sample lectures or workshops from each subject with the chance to build your own programme of interests as well as a general introduction to studying a Humanities subject from the people best placed to tell you all about it; our students. You will also get the chance to take part in an assignment competition and see how you could improve your study skills to suit the study of any of these subjects. Following on from the study aspect, learn about how you could take your degree into the future of work and look at some of the jobs our alumni have gone into following their degrees.

1According to the THE World University Subject Rankings 2021

By joining this strand, you will have the opportunity to explore the fascinating world of Politics and International Relations, currently ranked in the top 10 for Politics in the UK1. This programme allows you to interact and learn from our academic colleagues in our College of Social Sciences and International Studies and our current students. You will also get the chance to learn about what it takes to study in this area from the people right in the middle of the action and tell you about their challenges and rewards during their studies. Towards the end of the programme you will also have the opportunity to explore the different career options available to you after your studies and look at some of the career paths of our alumni following their Politics and International Relations studies.

1According to the Complete University Guide 2021

Our Medicine and Healthcare strand gives students the opportunity to find out more about the degree programmes involved in the different areas of Healthcare from Nutrition to Medicine and Medical Sciences to Sports Sciences. This strand allows you to interact with and learn from academic colleagues and students from a variety of disciplines within our College of Medicine and Health, and our College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

Subjects covered within the programme include:

  • Medicine
  • Medical Sciences
  • Sports and Health Sciences
  • Nutrition
  • Medical Imaging

Students also have the opportunity to look at careers outside the traditional assumption of the role of a Doctor and look at where our alumni have made careers as well as the study skills needed to succeed in these subject areas. Additional to our Information and Guidance on Applying to Higher Education portion of the programme, students within this strand will also get interview guidance, practice and feedback as well as guidance on the UKCAT examination.

We are really excited to announce the availability of two new academic pathways on our Pre University Summer School from our College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, and our College of Life and Environmental Sciences. 

The two pathways will explore the variety of degree options and different specialisms within the areas of Biosciences and Engineering and will include visits to both our Penryn and Streatham campuses. 

More information on these two pathways including example topics and workshops will be available shortly. Please complete the Register Your Interest form to ensure you are notified when the information on these two new pathways is available.

Our planet and communities are facing consistent threats and challenges which to many may seem insurmountable. It is the solutions to these challenges that may well occupy the majority of future generations and is absolutely vital to bring together experts from across different disciplines to try and find real solutions. Our Global Challenge is a project based on this idea of interdisciplinary innovation to solve the world's greatest crises. Each student will have the choice of which project to take part in across different pathways and will work together with the help of a project leader to test themselves against these issues and try to solve them. It is incredible the solutions and bright ideas that can come from a group of students from all over the world with different interests but work together to find a solution to a theme they are passionate about. 

Each group will be asked to propose two potential solutions that could be taken up by either local people, national or even international communities and will work together over the course of the two weeks to generate ideas, research theories and showcase their ideas, much as researchers at institutions such as the University of Exeter are involved in on a daily basis. 

As well as learning about causes and potential solutions to global issues, students will also have the chance to develop their team working skills and other soft skills over the course of the project, with the help of the project lead and other experts brought in. 

The end result is to create a presentation which will be watched by a select panel from across the university and prizes awarded based on ideas, thoroughness of research, and presentation quality amongst other factors. 

Our Global Challenge is an opportunity for everyone to challenge themselves and each other to be creative, empathetic and practical whilst building or improving a wide range of skills and knowledge.