Eton College Universities Summer School

2014 Application Brochure


The Summer School (established in 1982) is a ten-day residential course for pupils at the end of their first year in the sixth form contemplating entry to University. Applicants should have the intention of going to a British university and be of the calibre of those applying for admission to Oxford or Cambridge. As far as possible the course supplements normal school work and avoids the topics covered during A-level teaching. The aim is to provide an intensive and exciting programme to enrich the intellectual experience of those participating and to give them the opportunity to exchange ideas with able students with similar interests from other schools. The Summer School is open to students from maintained schools throughout the UK.General Arrangements

Numbers: 130 boys and girls.

Accommodation: Individual rooms in boarding houses.

Teaching: By Eton staff.

Fee: Thanks to generous sponsorship, the inclusive fee for board, lodging and tuition will be £400. The fee may be remitted partially or wholly, in a case of need. Application for remission of the fee should be made by letter, at the time of application, explaining the circumstances to the Summer School Secretary.

Attendance: As this course is short, intensive and financially sponsored it is essential that attendance is uninterrupted.

Subjects: Each student will follow a Specialist Course; a list of the courses offered appears below. In addition, all students will attend a General Studies Course of lectures and informal tutorial sessions.

Boarding houseThe Timetable

Morning: Two 1½ hour sessions (with coffee break) for lectures, classes, and discussions in specialist subjects.


Afternoon: Time for relaxation — There will be opportunities for students to use most of Eton’s recreational facilities: swimming, tennis, squash, fives, golf, football etc, and the galleries, museums and libraries may be visited.

Later in the afternoon there is a further 1 hour session for specialist subjects. Tea is followed ladsby tutorial and the General Studies Course lecture.

Evening: Supper. About 2½ hours of private study — reading or written work is set each day to be done after supper.

The Weekend: Saturday will be a working day but social activities include a Course party and BBQ on an island in the Thames in the evening.

Some preparation or written work may be expected on Sunday, when there will be a voluntary service in College Chapel followed by an afternoon comprising a variety of activities which students can choose from, including silverwork, theatre workshops, and a trip to Kew Gardens.

Party!University: Some university dons will visit the course, and students will have an opportunity to talk to them informally. Also, throughout the course four resident undergraduate assistants are available to talk about life at university and assist with any problems that students may be having.

The Gang







Undergraduates Alicia King, James Longworth, Hannah Williams and Camilla Benfield

Courses Offered


Mathematics (Double)

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Mathematics (Single) with Physics

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Mathematics (Single) with Chemistry

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Physics with Chemistry

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Chemistry with Biology

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Religious studies and philosophy






History of Art



Politics and Economics









Classics – Latin only

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Classics – Greek only

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Classics – Ancient History only

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Classics – Combination

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Mathematicians. Definitions: course A is suitable and designed primarily for those intending to read Mathematics at university and taking Mathematics as a double subject at A-level, i.e. those doing 12 to 16 lessons per week of mathematics. Courses B & C are designed for candidates expecting to take a maths-related subject at university — they may be taking single maths or double maths at A-level. Able mathematicians who are unsuccessful when applying for course A may, if they wish, opt for a second choice of either course B or C. This alternative must be indicated on the Application Form,and separate Work Record Forms should be completed for each subject.

Scientists. Composite courses B,C,D are suitable for those intending to read Engineering, Physics or Chemistry at university. Applicants for the composite courses B,C,D,E are asked to complete separate Work Record Forms for each subject.

Classicists. It may be possible to offer a combination of Latin and Greek or Ancient History with Latin or Greek — if required enter N4 on the Application Form and state which combination you would like. If you are prepared to follow a course of second choice please indicate this on the application form.

The Courses

It is important to note that these courses are not designed for students wishing only to improve their Advanced Level grades; they aim to be an intellectual stimulus giving a taste of university work.

Elements of examination and interview technique will be included in all courses. Under-subscribed courses may be withdrawn.

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