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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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Applications for the Pre University Summer School are now closed while we prepare our 2023 programme.

Academic Pathways for 2022

Each student selects one primary Academic Pathway which will give them the chance to explore a variety of subjects within the area they have chosen. This broadens the students' understanding of different subject options but also shows how different subject choices can interact with each other. 

The objective of the Academic Pathways is to give students a realistic experience of life as a student of a particular subject at university. Part of that experience is different styles and environments, from seminars and lectures to field trips and group study. Another key area of that experience is having control of one's own learning. For this reason, we give everyone the chance to control their own timetable and explore different options within their chosen Academic Pathway and broaden out to other Academic Pathways as well. 

Across the 30 hours of the academic portion of the programme, students will learn from other current students, lecturers and even people in industry to showcase real student life and expand understanding of life as well as well as the subjects themselves. 

Have a look below at the different Academic Pathways available to students during the Pre University Summer School in 2022.

As part of our Biosciences Academic Pathway, students will have the chance to explore the wide world of Biosciences from a range of perspectives, including science, the environment, and the human and animal angle. Our Biosciences department at the University of Exeter is currently ranked in the top 15 in the UK1 and 11th in the world for Ecology2.

Examples of subjects can include: 

  • Microbiology
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Biomechanics
  • Biodiversity and Conservation

The programme is based around a scientific challenge to allow students to really push their boundaries and explore the science from a wide range of angles as well as learn more about the practical implications and applications on our world. This programme will also include a visit to our Penryn campus and the world famous Eden Project.

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, with subjects ranked in the top 100 in the world2. 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
  • Sustainable Business
  • 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. As part of the programme, students will also get the opportunity to visit award winning local sustainable businesses to see how they are trying to grow and the challenges they face.

1According to THE World University Rankings 2022

2According to QS World University Rankings 2022

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.

Examples sessions can include the following:

  • Gothic Bodies
  • Rethinking Shakespeare
  • Brave New Worlds
  • 18th Century Black Lives Matter

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 2022

By joining this strand, you will have the opportunity to explore the fascinating world of Politics and International Relations, currently ranked in the top 100 globally1.

Example sessions can include:

  • Modern Political Theories
  • Online Extremism
  • Welcome to the International Arena
  • Forced Migration and Displacement

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. As part of the programme, you will also get the chance to meet local people involved in both local and national government to learn more about the inner workings of a politician.

1According to the QS World University Rankings 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.

Our new Sustainability in STEM Academic Pathway will focus on the different ways in which STEM can support sustainability through the lense of our College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, with our departments within the college all ranked in the top 10 in the UK1

Examples of sessions can include: 

  • Renewable Energy
  • Climate Change Modelling
  • Sustainable Mining

The pathway will include a series of practical sessions as well as lectures, presentations and seminars. It will also include a trip to our Penryn Campus to explore the Renewable Energy Engineering Facility and other institutes leading the field in the fight against climate change. 

1According to the Good University Guide 2021