Access and Widening Participation


Discover ¬“¬◊–„ Summer School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

The Discover ¬“¬◊–„ Summer School is an exciting opportunity exclusively for deaf and hard of hearing students in Year 12.

¬“¬◊–„ logo

We are currently reviewing our plans for theŐżDiscover ¬“¬◊–„Őż2023-24 programme. Please check back on this page in the Spring for further updates. IfŐżyou would like toŐżregister your interest and beŐżnotified once applications open, please emailŐżwp.pre16@ucl.ac.uk

Quick Facts

  • The summer school is exclusively for deaf or hard of hearing students.
  • The summer school is free to attend.
  • The summer school will be delivered in aŐżhybrid way - someŐżelements will beŐżonline and some will take place on the ¬“¬◊–„ campus.
  • There are 15 spaces available for Year 12 students.

About the programme

The Discover ¬“¬◊–„ Summer School is an exciting opportunity exclusively for deaf and hard of hearing students in Year 12 to find out more about university.

The summer school will consist of a variety of advice and guidance sessions structured around applying to, preparing for and thriving at university. Topics covered will include writing a personal statement, navigating the UCAS process, and funding your university study.ŐżYou'll also get the chance to learn like a university student, be challenged academically as well as get help to identify the support available at university for deaf and hard of hearing students.

¬“¬◊–„ will provide specialised support including BSL Interpreters and live captioningŐżfor the duration of the summer school. Due to the high level of support provided, only fifteen places areŐżavailable.

Discover ¬“¬◊–„ 2023ŐżprogrammeŐżdates

The summer school will run across three days in July 2023.Őż The first twoŐżdays will consist of online activities and the final day will take place in person on theŐż¬“¬◊–„ campus in central London.

Online sectionŐż(Tuesday 25ŐżJuly ‚Äď WednesdayŐż26ŐżJuly): participants will complete an online course, hear talks from deaf role models and our team of experts, and complete group activities with other young deaf people.

In-person day on ¬“¬◊–„ campusŐż(Thursday 27ŐżJuly): participants will take part in an object-based learning session, have the chance to tour the university and ask questions of panel members including deaf role models and university staff and current/former students.

The programme is delivered in collaboration with Manjula Patrick, Associate Professor and inclusive education lead at the ¬“¬◊–„ ArenaŐżCentre.Őż


  • The Discover ¬“¬◊–„ Summer School is open to deaf or hard of hearing students currently studying in Year 12 at a state schoolŐżor collegeŐżin the UK.
  • Academic entry requirements: you must have achieved at least five A*-B/9-5Őżgrades at GCSE or the corresponding grades in qualifications accepted as GCSE equivalents and beŐżlikely to achieve a minimum of BBB at A level or at least 34 points at IB. This includes the equivalent grades in other UK qualifications including the Scottish Advanced Highers and Welsh Baccalaureate.
  • For full details of our targeting criteria please see ourŐżWho we work with page.

How to apply

You can apply for the Discover ¬“¬◊–„ 2023 programme by completing the application form linked below.ŐżIn the application form you will be asked to provide the contact details of a teacher at your school or college who we can contact to verify that you meet the eligibility criteria for the scheme. Please make sure you have spoken to your teacher about this before applying.ŐżIt is also advisable that you complete the application with a parent/carer nearby, as they will need to complete some sections of the form.

Applications for Discover ¬“¬◊–„ 2023 are now closed.

In the video below Calum Medlock, a past participant in Discover, shares his experiences of taking part in the programme.

YouTube Widget Placeholder


Contact us

If you have any questions about the summer school please get in touch by sending an email toŐżwp.pre16@ucl.ac.uk.