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Chemistry Summer School 2024

Franklin-Wilkins Building, Waterloo Campus, London

01JulTwo girls in lab coats, protective goggles and golves are measuring a chemical ingredient


Are you a Year 12 student interested in chemistry? Then apply to take part in our Widening Participation Chemistry Summer School, running from Monday 1 – Friday 5 July 2024! 

Applications are open now!  Apply by completing this online form before 26 April 2024.

Programme detail

The Chemistry Summer School runs from Monday 1 – Friday 5 July 2024, based in the Franklin-Wilkins Building (SE1 9NH) by Waterloo station.  

This free, non-residential summer school is the perfect opportunity for you to take your chemistry to the next level. Through lab sessions in which you will chemically create your own sunscreens, you will develop your hands-on lab skills and understand what it’s like to be working in an undergraduate chemistry laboratory. 

After creating your own sunscreen, you’ll study its properties using lab techniques such as infrared (IR) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, as well as testing the effect of chemical structure on UV absorption.

You will develop your communication skills as a student scientist in sessions on creating a research-focused poster and presenting your work.

Finally, you will showcase your research to the other participants, King’s academics, and chemistry students in a poster presentation competition. We’ll invite your teachers and families to this as well, to experience the campus and see your work first-hand!

Who can apply

This opportunity is open to Year 12 students who:

  • intend to study chemistry in Year 13,
  • attend a non-fee-paying school,
  • have been unable to access similar opportunities elsewhere.

Students who complete the summer school and who meet the eligibility criteria can request a contextual offer to study chemistry at King’s College London. That means if you apply to study chemistry here, and we make you an offer, your offer is likely to be two grades lower than our standard offer. You can find out more about contextualised admissions at King’s here.

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How to apply

The Summer School will take place from Monday 1 - Friday 5 July. This is not a residential programme - participants need to travel to and from the King's College London campus every day.

You can apply for a place on the Chemistry Summer School by filling out this application form. This will ask you a few questions about you, as well as why you want to take part.

Applications will close on Friday 26 April 2024, 23.59. We will let you know if you have got a place by Friday 10 May 2024, 17.00.

Lunch and Transport

Lunch will be provided every day free of charge and will reimburse travel expenses for travel within Transport for London Zones 1-6. We will not make any arrangements for either your travel or any accommodation you might require. We are unable to reimburse any travel expenses outside Zones 1-6 or any accommodation costs.


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