Insight into Bristol

Insight into Bristol is a great opportunity for students from a diverse range of backgrounds to experience the University of Bristol through a combination of virtual and face-to-face summer schools. The programme will include academic sessions, social activities, exploring the city and much more.

Covid-19 Update:

We appreciate that this is a worrying and difficult time and recognise many of you are understandably anxious, given the unprecedented circumstances the world faces with the current coronavirus pandemic.

We will run a two-part programme, combining face-to-face and online delivery for the 2021 summer school. Please ensure you are available for the online summer school (part 1) before applying. The face-to-face residential summer school (part 2) is optional to attend and dependant on Covid restrictions. Keeping students and staff safe is of paramount importance and therefore we will continue to monitor the government guidance and the developing situation.

Applications for Insight into Bristol 2021 are now closed. 

Insight into Bristol 2021 Brochure

Find out more about the Insight into Bristol summer school and all its subject streams for 2021 in our Insight into Bristol Brochure 2021 (PDF, 1,238kB)‌ and Poster (PDF, 1,134kB).

Insight into Bristol 2021

Applications for Insight into Bristol 2021 are now closed. 

Sutton Trust 2021

The University of Bristol also runs a Sutton Trust summer school. Applications for 2021 are now closed, but you can click here to find out more.

Activities during the week

We offer a variety of different subject streams which consist of lectures and seminars led by our world-leading academics, in addition to lab-based experiments and trips to local organisations and businesses showcasing the academic links to our city. Find out the subject streams we offer here.

However, the week is also about getting to know more about student life outside of your studies and figuring out if the University of Bristol is for you. You will get to try out a variety of sports and society activities, explore the city and speak to current students throughout the programme and see what it’s like first-hand to live in halls of residence.

2021 dates

  • Part 1: Online summer school = Week of 19 July 2021 

    The online summer school is an essential part of the programme and you will need to complete it in order to qualify for the physical residential as well as further support in Year 13 and your guaranteed offer or interview (see below). 

  • Part 2: Face to face residential summer school = Week of 26th July 2021 (exact dates tbc, 2 days).

    *This is optional and will be dependent on government issued Covid-19 restrictions.

Information and activities during the summer school

The online summer school offers a variety of different subject streams which consist of lectures and seminars led by our world-leading academics, group work and independent study. You will get to know undergraduate Bristol students who study the subject you are interested in and who will mentor you through the online summer school. In addition to the academic experience, you will meet other students on your stream, participate in social activities and receive key information about applying to university.  

To build on the friendships you have made and the online sessions you have participated in, you will be invited to a face-to-face residential summer school where you will explore the University campus and Bristol as a city, speak to current students and take part in a variety of sports and society activities. It will also be the chance to experience student life outside of studying with quiz night, team challenges and an end of summer school celebration! 

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, provided that you meet the full entry requirements of the course applied for. Students undertaking the appropriate subjects but not predicted the contextual offer will usually be made an aspirational offer.

If the course holds interviews as part of the selection process you will be guaranteed an interview (for example, Medicine or Dentistry). The interview will only be guaranteed if your predicted grades meet the contextual entry requirements and you meet the GCSE subject requirements.


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)
  • 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
  • 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 to all. We welcome applications from students living with disabilities, learning difficulties and other health and mental health conditions. 


Insight into Bristol is free for students to participate in.

Find out more

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