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Spring University - Years 10 & 11

10 - 12 April 2024

Across 3 days you’ll explore the different higher education options available to you, enjoy a range of activities, including subject taster sessions, meet current university students, and take part in social activities.

You'll stay in our accommodation and experience life as a university student.

Applications Now Closed

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In partnership with HEON (Higher Education Outreach Network)
Check out the beautiful campus you'll be staying on

The week

“I learnt a lot from the lectures we had. It was a good way to make new friends and learn what uni life is like.”

“The residential was so good the bonding between new people, activities were very interactive and a very good overall experience would do it again.”

“It was absolutely amazing and life changing, the ability to learn as well as socialise easily with others has been spectacular and it’s something I will never forget in my life.”

During the residential, you’ll take part in a programme of academic workshops, as well as information and guidance sessions about options available to you when you finish school like apprenticeships and university. We are working with our partners at HEON to deliver a wide range of subject activities. Our student ambassadors support these sessions, giving you real-life examples and tips about becoming a university student.

During the few days you'll spend with us we'll give you the chance to meet new people and get an insight into the social side of university life. We will organise a set of social activities online to recreate some of the fun of a residential.

Spring University is free to eligible students. 

We will cover the cost of: 

  • Your accommodation
  • Meals
  • Resources
  • Social activities

Application process

The Spring University is a collaboration between HEON and Royal Holloway, University of London.

To apply for the Spring University you must: 

  • Be in Year 10 or 11
  • Expected to achieve a minimum of 5 GCSEs grades 9-4
  • Do not attend a fee paying school

You live in a HEON target postcode 

HEON postcodes are areas where young people are less likely to attend Higher Education in the future.

HEON postcodes are found in these 11 parts of Surrey and Hampshire:

Aldershot Park, Ashford North & Stanwell South, Cherrywood, Chertsey St Ann’s, Hoe Valley, North Town, Old Dean, Preston, Stanwell North, Stoke and Wellington.

OR you meet 1 of the following

You are living or have lived in Local Authority Care
  • living with foster carers
  • living in a residential children's home
  • being looked after at home under a supervision order
  • living with friends or relatives in kinship care – either through a formal arrangement (e.g. a Special Guardianship order)
You are a refugee or asylum seeker  

OR meet 2 of the following criteria:

Criteria Further information

Both parents/guardians have no experience of higher education in the UK


You’re eligible for free school meals, pupil premium or other additional funding at school or college


You have a disability or health condition that impacts on your daily life

We use the 2010 Equality Act as our basis for categorising disability and health conditions 

You live in an area where relatively few people go on to study at university (click here to check for POLAR 4 Q1)


You are a carer


You are a member of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community


Your parent/carer serves in the regular armed forces, or as a reservist, or has done at any point during their first 25 years


Applications are now closed.

For schools

We are very happy to come into school to speak to your students. 

This might be as:

  • An assembly
  • During tutor time
  • Other time that suits you

You can also find teacher notes at the top of this site

Students chatting on South Quad

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