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Pre-University Science Technology & Engineering

Key information

Subject area:

Summer School

Course type:


Credit level:

Not for credit


2 weeks

Available course dates:

To be confirmed

Course overview

Our Pre-University Summer School courses help prepare you for University. The course offers an in-depth exploration of a subject area at degree level, and improve students’ understanding of university study. Our courses provide insight into the key debates, themes and cutting edge research areas of a subject. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate on group assignments and experience social learning which are central elements of undergraduate study.

The full fee includes 11-nights in King's accommodation.

What does this course cover?

This course is ideal for students who are keen to take a hands-on approach to learning how physicists, engineers and others work together to tackle global challenges. Its curriculum looks at the subject from both a technological and ethical viewpoint and aims to enable participants to learn the power of computational thinking as a tool for problem-solving in almost any discipline.

Lessons will consider the global problem of how to improve water quality as a springboard to explore experimental Physics, hardware design and coding, as well as enable class discussions centred on Ethics in Science.

Led by academics from King’s Natural and Mathematical Sciences faculty, students will study fundamentals of Physics and Engineering and build their theoretical and experimental understanding of each discipline in the modern world. A combination of lectures, seminars, discussion groups and practical lab work will provide an immersive and inspiring experience, with team-based problem-solving activities to help students prepare for future studies in these fields.

There will also be Academic Skills sessions which are designed to equip students with some of the skills that they will need at university, as well as to help them to prepare for their own assignments that they need to pass to complete the course. In addition, all students will participate in the Global Challenge. This interdisciplinary project is structured to help students further in developing essential academic skills (critical, academic reading, independent research skills and writing for different audiences) needed at university. It is also designed to foster students’ collaborative research skills.

What will I achieve?

By the end of the module you should have:

  • Experienced a variety of learning activities typical of first year undergraduate study
  • Built relevant knowledge to support future study in the fields of Engineering , Physics and Informatics
  • Carried out independent research and produced a structured and well supported response to an assignment brief
  • Worked collaboratively in diverse groups to produce a presentation

Who is this for?

The King's College London Pre-University Summer School is open to high-achieving students who are about to start or who are enrolled in their final two years of high school, and are typically aged 16 and 17. Students must be aged 16 as of 1 September 2022.

How will I be assessed?

Coursework will consist of a written and oral component. Students are required to complete the coursework to be eligible for a certificate.

What is the teaching schedule?

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Group activities
  • Assignments
  • Global Challenge Conference Day
  • Experiential learning in the city
  • Private study

Further information

Our Pre-University Summer School is designed as residential experience, with students living in King’s College London accommodation throughout the course. Students on the residential programme can check into accommodation on the first day (Monday) and will check out on the final day (Friday). This course can be taken on a non-residential basis. Please email for more details.

Course status:

Places available

Full fee £3675

Application Fee £60

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