Taste of Science Summer School

This programme allows students to get involved in science workshops and learn about studying at UWE Bristol.

COVID-19 update

Online English and UK Culture Summer School

Face-to-face summer schools will not run in summer 2021. However, we are offering an Online English and UK Culture Summer School starting on Monday 16 August 2021.

About the programme

In today's world, the processes of a rapidly changing human and natural environment create opportunities for scientific advancement and challenges in the protection of our planet and the wellbeing of our society. This means that there is an increasing demand for graduates equipped with the relevant scientific expertise to resolve human health and other societal issues, and protect and enhance our environment.

Our Taste of Science Summer School is an exciting two-week programme that includes academic English classes and science workshops, enabling you to enhance your academic skills, whilst giving you a flavour of what it's like to study science at UWE Bristol.

There will be plenty to keep you busy outside of the course too. We're arranging an exciting events programme including social evenings and excursions to other cities in the UK, so you'll get to make the most of your time with us.

What you will study

As well as attending classes on English language and culture, taught by experienced specialist language tutors, you will also have the opportunity to attend five workshops, each one focusing on a different area of science. The workshops will be led by staff from the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences, in state-of-the art facilities using the latest technology. The topics for the workshops will be:

  • psychology: an introduction to the brain and its functions
  • human physiology: nerve and muscle function
  • forensic science: crime scene marks and impressions
  • biomedical science: urine diagnosis workshop
  • biological and environmental sciences: bio-indicators to assess water quality.

Find out more information about what to expect from the Taste of Science Summer School (PDF) workshops.


This course is ideal for those students who may be thinking of studying science at university, or already studying science at Foundation level.

There are no formal qualification requirements. You need to be at least 18 years old at the start of the course, or 16 if you are coming as part of a group with a group leader. Lessons are taught in English so you’ll need an intermediate level of English. If you need any advice on your level of English, please email globalstudents@uwe.ac.uk.

UWE Bristol does not arrange your visa or contribute to the cost of a visa. You must arrange your student visa before you pay for the course.

Accommodation and your stay

As a Summer School student, you’ll stay in high-quality accommodation in our Student Village on Frenchay Campus. You’ll have your own en-suite bedroom in a flat for six, with a shared kitchen and lounge area. The Student Village is within easy walking distance of the library, computer rooms, the Centre for Sport and all the social spaces.

Your accommodation is included in the Summer School fees and this covers:

  • bed linen, towels and a kitchen pack
  • internet access in all rooms
  • weekly cleaning and linen change service
  • extensive 24-hour CCTV monitoring
  • on-site staff.

You will have access to all of UWE Bristol's student facilities during the Summer School. For some facilities like the gym you may need to complete an induction. You may also need to be accompanied for specialist facilities.

If you are staying in self-catering accommodation there will be a hob, grill and fridge/freezer. On Frenchay Campus there are also several catering options including cafes and The Students' Union at UWE.

Additional information about your stay in the UK

  • The UK uses the Pound Sterling (£).
  • July and August are the summer months, however, this does not always mean that it is warm or dry. We recommend bringing a range of clothing including an umbrella. For up-to-date weather reports visit The Weather Channel.
  • You will need a three-pin point plug adaptor for a standard UK plug socket. The UK uses different plugs to the rest of Europe.

Fees and costs

  • £1,150 for the self-catering package (No meals are included, except where stated. This is ideal for those who prefer to cook for themselves. This package is for over 18s only).
  • £1,450 for the all-inclusive package (All meals are included. This package is available to all students).

Fees include:

  • tuition, including teaching materials
  • accommodation
  • social activities and trips, including dinner in a Bristol restaurant on your first evening and dinner at a restaurant during your trip to London (see below for details of trips)
  • airport transfers at designated times (see below)
  • transport between campuses
  • wifi access inside the University
  • UWE Bristol certificate of attendance.

Please note that the following are not included in the course fees:

  • travel to and from the UK
  • UK entry visas (if required)
  • travel insurance.

We recommend that you bring £80–£100 per week for meals and drinks.

If you are planning additional excursions while in the UK you will need extra money.

If you wish to cancel your Summer School trip after it's already been paid for, unfortunately we do not refund the £300 deposit. Please see our cancellation rates:

Date of cancellation Charge
More than six weeks before the start of the course £300 deposit only
Between six and two weeks before the start of the course 50% of the course, plus £300 deposit
Less than two weeks before the start of the course 100% of the course, plus £300 deposit


As part of the Summer School you will have the opportunity to visit some of Britain's most well-known towns and cities.

The options available will include:

  • London, England's capital city, famous for its art galleries and museums, historic buildings and great shopping. The trip includes a twilight flight on the London Eye.
  • Oxford, 'city of dreaming spires' and home to England's oldest university. There will also be an option to visit Bicester Village, where you can buy designer goods at discount prices.
  • Gloucester Cathedral, where scenes from Harry Potter were filmed.
  • Bath, with its famous Roman Baths and beautiful 18th century architecture.
  • Bristol, see the sights of this buzzing university city, and end your tour with a welcome dinner at a well-known Bristol restaurant.

All trips are with an experienced, professional tour guide.

Airport transfers

We're offering free airport transfers from London Heathrow on the Saturday or Sunday before the course starts. These are limited to groups only.

If you are not attending as part of a group, or are arriving at a different airport, you can book your airport transfer independently (see tables below).

For an extra charge, we can arrange airport transfers from London or Bristol airports for individuals or small groups of students.

However, if you chose to make your own way to UWE Bristol then Bristol has lots of transport links, including motorways, train stations and an airport. Find out more information about how to find us.

Taxi service

Number of passengers Heathrow Bristol
Six seater taxi (up to three people plus luggage) £250 £60
Eight seater taxi (up to six people plus luggage) £300 £65
16 seater taxi (up to eight people plus luggage) £340 £155

Coach service

Coach service Cost
All London Heathrow airport terminals to Bristol coach station £12 single fare
Bristol International Airport £7 single fare

Please email globalstudents@uwe.ac.uk if you would like any help booking this.

How to apply

Please note that due to COVID-19, our Summer School will not be running in summer 2020.

To apply for the Summer School please complete this short application form.

Make sure you have read our terms and conditions before completing your application.

When we receive your application form we will ask you to pay a deposit of £300 to confirm your place. This will be deducted from the total fee. We will then confirm your place, and send you more information nearer to the start of the Summer School. The balance must be paid four weeks before the start of the course.

We accept applications up to six weeks before the start date of the Summer School.

UWE Bristol does not arrange your visa or contribute to the cost of a visa. You must arrange your student visa before you pay for the course.

If you wish to cancel your place on the Summer School you must email globalstudents@uwe.ac.uk. The cancellation fee will depend on when we receive your email.

Applying as a group

To attend a Summer School as part of a group booking (minimum ten students), you must be over the age of 16 at the time of the Summer School. Groups of under 18s must also bring a group leader (one for every five students under 18). Group leaders get a free place. Groups of over 18s are not expected to bring a group leader, but can do so if they wish.

Applying as an individual

You must be at least 18 when the course begins.