Years 12-13

Year 12 Summer University



“Absolutely amazing, so worth it. I feel more confident now than I have ever felt.”  Summer University Student, 2014

The Year 12 Summer University is a free two week residential course running Monday – Friday aimed at Year 12 students studying for a Level 3 qualification in school or college in South West Wales (Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire). There is also an opportunity for students to take part on a non-residential basis where appropriate. For an application pack contact the Reaching Wider team for further details.


What does the Summer University involve?

Students stay in halls of residence at Swansea University and University of Wales Trinity Saint David and during the day follow the academic subject module which they have chosen. All students also follow a ‘Skills for Higher Education’ module which covers writing and presentation skills, critical thinking, research and referencing skills and time management.  There is a full social programme in the evenings and previous activities have included: bowling, cinema, football, basketball, karaoke, quiz nights, discos, dance workshops and much more! The subjects on offer vary each year; to find out more about the subjects on offer this year please contact the Reaching Wider team at

Who can attend?  

The Summer University is aimed at Year 12 and First Year Level 3 students from schools and colleges in South West Wales who have the ability to succeed but, because of family, personal or other circumstances, are experiencing barriers which may prevent their progression to higher education (see application pack for further details).

Why give up 1 week of the Summer Holidays?

Not only is it a great opportunity to experience student life first hand but all students who successfully complete the Summer University will be given a reduction in the required grades (or equivalent UCAS points) by Swansea University and University of Wales Trinity Saint David.


1. Students can only benefit from one scheme offering a reduction in UCAS grade requirements. The scheme offering the highest reduction will be applied; and

2.  If students are applying for professional degree programmes,  the UCAS point reduction may not apply as the entry requirements for many professional degree programmes are determined in consultation with external professional bodies.

3. Some subject areas have specific subject requirements, which will have to be met although the overall offer will still be reduced. For example to study a BSc Mathematics you need a minimum of a grade B in A Level Maths however your other A-level requirements will be reduced by the appropriate amount.


For more information contact:

Tel: 01792 602 128




Year 12 Masterclass Days


Year 12 Masterclass Days are a great opportunity for students to get some hands on experience of what a particular degree subject involves as well as getting a flavour of student life.  These days include opportunities:

  • To tour the campus
  • Meet staff and current students
  • Find out about jobs and career opportunities
  • Ask questions about course requirements
  • Find out about student finance
  • Use subject specific equipment and resources

Previous subject taster days have included English and Media, Engineering, Medicine, Classics and Sport Management.

For more information contact:

Tel: 01792 602 128


Law Summer School

Law summer school 

 ‌Valleys Initiative Law Summer School

The Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law at Swansea University has been actively involved in the Valleys Initiative (VALLI) since 2006 as part of its commitment to widening participation in legal education within the South Wales region.  The 3 day residential summer school, jointly run by Swansea College of Law and Cardiff Law School is the centrepiece of this programme. 

The programme alternates each year between Swansea University and Cardiff University. For further details please contact the Reaching Wider team.


For more information contact:

Tel: 01792 602 128