Information for parents

  • Discover Brookes is a fully funded Year 12 Summer School. It is open to young people from backgrounds under-represented in higher education who are studying in the first year of a Level 3 qualification (A Level, BTEC etc).

    Students will get an insight into real University courses taught at Oxford Brookes University through subject sessions and social activities building students confidence in making decisions on their next steps. 

    It is completely free of charge for students to attend our residential summer school, including travel to and from the campus.

    • Students will gain a unique insight into particular university courses they are interested in and the possible career paths linked to those courses
    • Participants will get a chance to interact and learn from current university students and to be taught by academics and staff from Oxford Brookes University
    • Students' confidence in their academic skills and knowledge of the university application process should improve
    • Students will get a deeper understanding of learning at university course level and will be in a stronger position for applying to University
    • One free residential summer school in July 2018 (participants have to apply for this as places may be limited) at our campus
    • Subject based sessions
    • Stay in our halls of residence
    • Take part in social activities
    Discover Brookes is completely free to participants. The residential summer school is fully funded and includes transport, accommodation and food.
    Your child may have experienced one of our Discover Brookes workshops at their school, alongside these we also offer a summer school. Application will open in January for the Discover Brookes Summer Schools 2019.

    To be eligible to take part in Discover Brookes Summer Schools pupils must meet all of the essential criteria:

    • Be in the first year of a Level 3 qualification (A Levels or BTEC)
    • Have the potential to achieve 3 Cs at A Level / DMM BTEC (or equivalent)
    • Have 5 GCSEs A* - C including English and Maths (or expect to have 5 GCSEs including English and Maths by July 2018)

    As well as at least one of the following:

    • Have a history of be eligible for free school meals
    • Live in an area with low participation in Higher Education
    • Is of black or minority ethnic origin