Insight into Bristol

Insight into Bristol is a great opportunity for students from a diverse range of backgrounds to experience the University of Bristol. The programme includes academic sessions, social events and the chance to meet current Bristol students. Those who complete the summer school successfully will be eligible for a guaranteed contextual offer from the University of Bristol.

Applications now closed.

Applications for 2022 are now closed. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept late applications. 

2022 on-campus summer school 

After two years of running the summer school virtually due to the impact of the pandemic, we are excited to be planning an on-campus event for 2022.

If you are successful at gaining a place on the programme, you will stay in Bristol student accommodation for 4 nights, spending time exploring the city. You will be assigned to a subject stream and attend several stretching academic seminars led by our world-leading academics, as well as getting to know current students studying that subject at Bristol. There will be opportunities to get to know students from across the UK who are interested in the same subjects as you, and we will offer several social events throughout the week, including activities run by Bristol's student societies. As well as this, you will attend sessions intended to equip you with the information you need to successfully navigate your path to a top university. 

The summer school will run from Monday 25 July to Friday 29 July 2022. The summer school is completely free for students to participate in, with all accommodation, meals, and travel during the week paid for by the University of Bristol. Travel costs to and from the university will be reimbursed. 

Sutton Trust Summer School

The University of Bristol also runs a Sutton Trust summer school for Year 12 students. This event has slightly different subject streams and students from all ethnicities are encouraged to apply. 

Guaranteed contextual offer to the University of Bristol

We are committed to attracting the very best students and hold Insight into Bristol graduates in high regard.

For most courses, successfully completing Insight into Bristol guarantees you an offer at the contextual offer level, provided that you meet the full entry requirements of the course applied for, in terms of GCSE and subject requirements. The contextual offer is usually set two grades below the standard offer, for example, ABB instead of AAA. Students undertaking the appropriate subjects but not predicted the contextual offer grades will usually be made an aspirational offer at the contextual level. 

If the course holds interviews as part of the selection process (e.g. Medicine, Dentistry), you will be guaranteed an interview, rather than being guaranteed a contextual offer. The interview will only be guaranteed if your predicted grades meet the contextual entry requirements and you meet the GCSE requirements. If you are successful at interview, you will be made an offer at the contextual level. 

If you have any questions about the contextual offer, please contact us at


Insight into Bristol is open to students who meet all of the following criteria. You must:

  • be in your first year of A-level study (or equivalent) in the 2021-22 academic year 
  • attend a state school or college
  • identify as Black/Asian or of mixed backgrounds featuring one or more of these groups, or identify as belonging to another Minority Ethnic group (excluding White minorities) 
  • be eligible for home UK fee status

Find out more about accepted qualifications.

These priority criteria will be taken into account when allocating places:

  • have the academic ability to study at the University of Bristol (including meeting any GCSE entry requirements for their chosen subject stream) and the potential to meet the contextual entry requirements where eligible
  • are from an ethnic group that is under-represented* at the University of Bristol (*Asian Pakistani; Asian Bangladeshi; Black Caribbean; Black African; mixed backgrounds featuring one or more of these groups)
  • are part of the first generation in their family to go to university
  • live in an area of low participation in higher education as defined by POLAR4, which is a score of 1 or 2 for the category 'POLAR4 young participation quintile'
  • are or have been eligible for free school meals OR the post-16 bursary
  • attend an aspiring state school or college
  • have spent three or more months in Local Authority Care; are an Estranged Student (considering university without the support of a family network)
  • are a Young Carer
  • have worked with IntoUniversity in the past

We are dedicated to ensuring our summer school programmes are inclusive and welcoming. We welcome applications from students living with disabilities, learning difficulties and other health and mental health conditions. 

The programme is specifically designed to meet the needs of Students of Colour and there is an emphasis throughout the week on the formation of a cohort and the opportunity to engage with culturally representative undergraduate Student Mentors. 

Find out more

Please email if you have specific questions about the programme. 

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