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University Futures

Skills in leadership and innovation

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Applications to this programme are now closed. If you would like to register your interest, please email us at summer@kcl.ac.uk. 

What will I study?

University Futures is a stimulating summer programme for high school students aged 14 and 15 years old taking place from 1 - 7 July 2018.

Led by King’s College London’s Entrepreneurship Institute, students will explore themes of innovation and leadership through a series of lectures, seminars and group work activities. With an emphasis on experiential learning, students will work in collaboration with their peers to follow the entrepreneurial journey, from idea generation through to the final pitch. Along the way they will be challenged to think creatively, communicate effectively and present with confidence; thus building invaluable transferable skills for the future, whatever their choice of career or vocation.  

The week will also include an introduction to different King’s faculties, campus tours and undergraduate study information sessions. These are designed to encourage students to reflect on what they wish to study in the future and get a better understanding of what they need to do in order to achieve their ambitions.

To find out more details about the programme, please visit this webpage.

Entry criteria

This programme is for students aged 14 and 15 years old. Students must be aged 14 as of 1 July 2018. To apply to this programme students will need to provide:

  • Official confirmation of high school grades (we are looking for students with consistently good grades across all subjects)

  • A brief personal statement explaining their motivation to attend this programme

  • A reference letter from school

  • Evidence of English proficiency (students must have achieved at least level B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR) OR offer one of the equivalencies listed here)

To ensure the safety and well-being of all, students will be required adhere to our code of conduct. This outlines the programme rules and regulations, expected behaviour and conduct towards fellow students and staff members. If the code of conduct is broken, parents will be informed and the student may be removed from the programme. Please see our  Parent Information and Consent Form.

Please note that paying the programme fees is taken as acceptance of the student code of conduct and consent for the student’s participation in the programme. 


The fees will be £1,800 which will include: all tuition, accommodation, all social activities, breakfast, lunch and dinner, an airport pick up service from London terminals and any travel undertaken during the programme. There is also a one-off application fee of £40.

Please note that the fee does not include travel to and from London at the start and end of the programme, money for snacks or additional purchases the student may make or comprehensive medical and travel insurance. 

Accommodation and social programme

This is a fully residential programme and all students will be housed in our Stamford Street Apartments. Each student will have a private en-suite room within a single-sex apartment. Each apartment has a communal self-catering kitchen and each private room is equipped with a fridge. Bed linen (including a duvet, duvet cover, pillow, pillowcase and bed sheet) are provided.

Students will be assigned a residential pastoral ambassador for the duration of their stay (1:8 ratio) and this ambassador will be on hand every evening (and throughout the night) if the student has any concerns or needs help. Stamford Street Apartments has a 24-hour security desk, a central common room with TV, on-site laundry facilities, WiFi connectivity (including 4Mb in room internet access), CCTV cameras and secure door entry systems.

Every night there will be social activities for all students. These may include a treasure hunt along London’s South Bank, a trip to Covent Garden, a West End theatre trip and an end of programme party.


Throughout their time on the programme, students will be fully supported by a team of trained and experienced Pre-University Summer School staff and ambassadors. The ambassadors are current King's students that have been carefully selected to support the students and help make their stay as comfortable and safe as possible. The student ambassadors will support them during class time, escort them on social excursions and also live alongside those students in accommodation. There is no unsupervised free time on this programme.

How to apply

Applications should be made online through King's Apply - our online application portal. We recommend you follow the application guidelines to help you submit your application successfully. These can be found on our How to Apply page.

The applications are now closed for 2018. There are only a limited number of places available and applicants who meet the entry criteria will be offered a place on a first come, first served basis. Please note that applications will not be processed until all documentation has been provided. Places are secured once the programme fee has been paid in full.

King's College London is committed to supporting the brightest minds regardless of background. Find out more about Widening Participation and our K+ and Sutton Trust programmes here.

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