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Summer schools

King's College London Widening Participation Chemistry Summer School is here to help pupils answer some of these questions: Do I want to go to university? I like lab work, but what will it be like to study science at university? What is it like being a King’s College London student?

This opportunity is open to students who:

  • Attend non-fee paying schools
  • Are year 12 
  • Have been unable to access similar opportunities elsewhere

The main aim of this summer school is to encourage and support students from marginalised groups to come to King’s College London to study chemistry. Students who complete the summer school will be given a contextualised offer to study chemistry at King’s College London. Priority will be given to Black and mixed Black heritage students who are interested in studying chemistry at King's College London.

This week-long, non-residential Chemistry Summer School will involve lab and campus tours, lectures, and hands-on workshops. You will enhance your technical knowledge of the undergraduate chemistry laboratories: as well as your communication skills as student scientists. These skills will be developed in sessions on academic poster creation and presentation sessions. During lab sessions you will synthesise your own sunscreens, characterize them using IR and NMR as well as test the effect of chemical structure on UV-absorption. For the final day your parents and teachers will be invited to see your presentations and experience at the Guy's Campus first hand.

The Summer School normally takes place in the first week of July with applications opening prior to the event. For more information please contact

Summer School contact


I found King's Chemistry Summer School to be a fun and useful insight into university life...Chemistry Summer School helped me and others realise the careers and opportunities gained from studying chemistry. I now have more confidence that studying a chemistry-related degree is the right choice for me.

Alicia, 2017



'The event was an undoubtedly memorable and valuable experience, which no-one should miss out on...The summer school was also helpful in improving many skills, such as teamwork and presentation; this was incorporated when we were given the opportunity to work in groups of eight to combine all our data together in order to come up with a team poster discussing which type of sunscreen was most effective, and my team won!

Tareq, 2017





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