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STEM Summer School 2019

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Summer School is an opportunity for you to brush up on your skills for your chosen course here at Strathclyde.

It's for anyone who's accepted an offer to study at Strathclyde, but priority is given to those of you who come from schools in the Focus West programme, as well as care leavers and those who perhaps don't have quite the right grades yet and attendance at Summer School is a condition of their UCAS offer. 

Outside these priority groups, places will be allocated on a first come first served basis after the closing date in early May.

Summer School is also suitable for those leaving college or even those from non-standard academic backgrounds such as individuals who have been out of education for a long time.

The Focus West Programme

Any S6 student attending a Focus West school can take part in Summer School. S5 pupils may also be accepted depending on capacity. Applicants to the University of Strathclyde who live in MD20 or MD40 postcode sectors may also be considered.

Focus on College and University Study (FOCUS) in the West of Scotland is targeted at schools with low rates of participation in Higher Education.

The project aims to stimulate you towards achievement at school, progression to Higher Education, completion of your chosen degree and a rewarding career.

Participating schools
  • All Saints Secondary School
  • Auchenharvie Academy
  • Ayr Academy
  • Bellshill Academy
  • Braidhurst High School
  • Calderhead High School
  • Caldervale High School
  • Castlemilk High School
  • Cathkin High School
  • Clyde Valley High School
  • Coatbridge High School
  • Doon Academy
  • Drumchapel High School
  • Eastbank Academy
  • Govan High School
  • Hillpark Secondary School
  • Inverclyde Academy
  • Irvine Royal Academy
  • Islay High School
  • John Paul Academy
  • Larkhall Academy
  • Linwood High School
  • Lochend Community High School
  • Maxwelltown High School
  • Port Glasgow High School
  • Rosshall Academy
  • Sanquhar Academy
  • Smithycroft Secondary School
  • Springburn Academy
  • St Andrew's Secondary School
  • St Margaret Mary's Secondary School
  • St Mungo's Academy
  • St Paul's High School
  • St Roch's Secondary School
  • St Stephen's High School
  • Vale of Leven Academy
  • Whitehill Secondary School

For further information please visit the Focus West website.

While you're here

During Summer School, you can use the Students' Union, sports facilities, library and Student Support services.

It's a great opportunity to get a taste of university life before you arrive to study your course. While you're here, you'll:

  • experience first-year university work
  • know your way about the University
  • know how to access and get the most out of the library
  • make friends in advance of the start of your studies


Summer School offers you the chance to take university subjects at year 1 level so you can get a good start in the first term.

You should select subjects closely related to your chosen course. If we asked you to attend Summer School as part of your offer, your conditional offer may outline which subject(s) you are required to take.


  • Rules of Manipulation
  • Functions, Numbers
  • Plane Geometry
  • Calculus

Teaching consists of lectures and tutorials.


Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry, including ideas of atomic and molecular structure and their relation to chemical reactivity.

This introduction to Chemistry will take the form of lectures, tutorials, and laboratories.


Lectures tutorials and laboratory sessions covering basic Physics including mechanics, waves, and electricity.

Study Skills

University level study is more independent than school learning.

The Summer School will equip you with the skills necessary for studying successfully at university.

Topics covered include:

  • time management 
  • note taking skills
  • reading and analysis
  • exam preparation


Attending Summer School is free to UK and EU students. International students will be required to pay a fee of £400 to attend the programme.

Dates and Location

Summer School will run from Monday 10 June until Friday 19 July. All students are required to attend throughout this period.

The classes will take place here at the University of Strathclyde, in the centre of Glasgow. Teaching is delivered by University staff.

The Summer School 2019 timetable is now available to view.


If you need accommodation, you're responsible for finding your own accommodation for Summer School. Please see the Accommodation Information Pack for more information on on-campus summer accommodation and for the contact details, should require further information. You will receive an application form for on-campus summer accommodation if you are offered a place on the programme.

Disability Service

Many students with many different disabilities successfully undertake courses of all kinds at the University of Strathclyde.

Our Disability & Wellbeing Service offers advice and assistance to students with disabilities. It would be helpful if you would highlight on the application form any special needs you may have.

You're responsible for contacting the Disability & Wellbeing Service directly. It's advised that you get in touch with the Disability & Wellbeing Service as soon as possible to ensure support is in place at the earliest opportunity.

Disability & Wellbeing Service, Level 4, 50 George Street, Graham Hills Building

Tel: 0141 548 3402 Email:

How to Apply

Applications for STEM Summer School 2019 are now open.  Please submit an application form.

The deadline for applications is Friday 3 May 2019.