Quantum in the Summer

Our quantum summer school brings together students at A-Level or equivalent to learn more about physics and engineering with the hope that it will inspire a future generation of students to pursue a career in science.

Quantum in the Summer

About our summer school

Light has been at the heart of the many important breakthroughs in physics, from Maxwell's theory of electromagnetism to Einstein's theory of relativity. Light is at the origin of quantum mechanics, and is currently playing a large part in the quantum information technology revolution.

Beginning with the basics of classical optics through a mix of lab work and lectures, the students learn about classical & quantum computing/algorithms and quantum key distribution. In addition to this, the instructors of the summer school share their personal experiences as scientists, providing useful tips for successful research and making the students aware of the potential career options available with a scientific degree.

2021 Summer School

In 2021 we will host our seventh annual summer school, Quantum in the Summer, for students aged 16 and over. The intensive week-long summer school will run from Monday 2nd to Friday 6th August 2021 and aims to teach students about quantum mechanics and light.

We will endeavour to provide taught and practical components of the course here on campus, however, this is subject to change in line with University and government advice on COVID19 guidance and restrictions. If we are unable to deliver the summer school on campus face-to-face, we will transition to a virtual online summer school.


The summer school is a free event but we ask that students cover their own accommodation and travel expenses. We are able to offer a limited number of scholarship places which includes payment of your accommodation and travel, please confirm on your application if you would be interested in applying for this scholarship.

Attendees must:

  • be available to attend from Monday 2nd to Friday 6th August 2021
  • be over 16 years of age
  • have completed their GCSEs or equivalent qualifications by the start of the summer school
  • have a keen interest in Physics and associated subjects

Applications Closed

Please note applications are now closed for Quantum in the Summer 2021.

Contact us

For further information please contact us at quantum-summer@bristol.ac.uk

2018 Gallery

See photos from our 2018 Quantum in the Summer School on flickr.

It was an amazing experience and everyone there was so nice and friendly. I genuinely feel like I gained so much from talking to people in the field that I want to work in and has made me a lot more confident in pursuing physics.

Summer School Participant, 2021
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