Work experience and Summer School Opportunities

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Work experience and Summer School Opportunities

It may sound like it's a long way off yet, but the summer before S6 is a really good time to get some great work experience and/or attend a summer school. As we've discussed before, these kinds of activities are great to use as evidence in S6 on your application to show that you're committed to your chosen course and that you have knowledge of the subject/career that you're going into. 

A lot of these opportunities have just opened their applications for the year, and it's always a good idea to get these done as early as possible. So below, we've put together a list of some of the work experience opportunities available and some summer schools from across the UK that you may want to consider. Have a browse and see what you think. 

Work Experience

Summer Schools

These are more formalised programmes of work experience but if you have your own ideas of somewhere you'd like to check out then you should contact them directly either by phone, email or in person. 

Other websites that are good to check out for tips on work experience are:

- My World of Work 

- Plan It Plus to get some ideas of the areas/roles you might be interested in.

Ernst Young Smart Futures - Business and Management

Apply here.

Have a look at the programme brochure here.

Nuffield Foundation - Sciences

Find out more about the chances to develop your scientific skills over the summer here.

Law Society

The Law Society's Insight Weeks offer a great chance to find out more about working in the legal sector. Click here for more info.

National Museums Scotland - History/Archaeology

A great chance for hands on experience. Find out more here.

Scottish Water - Environmental Science/Geography/Engineering

Have a look at the website here to find out more about how to apply for a work placement.

Scottish Rugby - Sport

Keep an eye on this website to apply for opportunities become available.

National Galleries - Art

Have a look at the website here to find out more about working with the National Galleries of Scotland.

Scottish SPCA - Animal Care

If you're interested in working with animals then click here to find out more about volunteering for the SPCA.

BBC - Media/Journalism/Broadcasting

Applications open in February for a broad range of experiences working within the BBC. Find out more here.

A lot of these summer schools take place at English universities so they're advertised as 'Year 12' summer schools. Year 12 is the equivalent of S5 and all of these summer schools are open to you to apply for. In fact, for some of them, being a Scottish student may be an advantage as they won't have many people applying from Scotland. A lot of the summer schools have now closed their applications so we've shortened the list to those that are still open.

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - Performing Arts - This page should be updated soon with details of the summer programmes so keep checking back for more information.

Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh - Again, keep checking back on this page for updates about what's on offer over the summer.

University of Cambridge - Various Subjects

University College London - Various Subjects

University of Lancaster - Various Subjects 

Sussex University - Various Subjects - scroll down the page to the year 12 Summer School.


Key things to remember:

1. Get applying! A lot of these opportunities will only have their applications open for a short amount of time!

2. Talk to your teachers at school. Chances are they will be more than happy to support your application/help you make sense of it.

3. These kinds of opportunities really *can* set you apart from other applicants and will give you a key insight into a career or university life. It's worth taking the time to apply.