Amplify Your Summer: Year 12 summer residential experiences

Four students walking on ARU's Chelmsford campus

ARU are delighted to be hosting ‘Amplify Your Summer’, a free, residential summer experience, running at both our Cambridge and Chelmsford campuses in July 2022.

Joined by other students across the region, you will be immersed into your chosen subject programme. With a task in hand to complete and showcase, our world-leading academics and student ambassadors will support you every step of the way.

You will have plenty of social time, as well as time to explore the campus and the surrounding city with fellow students on your programme, alongside our friendly staff and student team.

To be considered for a place on one of our programmes:

  1. Check eligibility criteria and complete the application form. This includes selecting the programme of your choice (details are below), and submitting a 500-word supporting statement in response to the programme question.
  2. Ask your teacher/advisor to provide a reference.
  3. If your application is successful, we'll be in touch to ask for parent/carer consent.
Students: Apply for your place
Teachers/advisers: Submit a reference

Creative Industries Programme

Where: ARU Cambridge Campus

When: Sunday 3 - Thursday 7 July 2022

Programme question: What makes a good animation or gaming character for the teenage market and why? (Please consider games design and animation)

Medicine Programme

Where: ARU Chelmsford Campus

When: Sunday 10 - Thursday 14 July 2022

Programme question: Should people who smoke be charged to use the NHS?

To be considered for a place on the School of Medicine Programme, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Five GCSES at grade 9 – 6 (A* - B), which must include English Language, Mathematics and two science subjects.
  • You must also be working towards achieving A Levels in Chemistry or Biology; one of Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics; plus one other.

Additional information for applicants

We're proud to deliver our Summer Experience Programmes in partnership with the Medical Schools Council, Health Education England and ARU's School of Medicine, Cambridge School of Art and Cambridge School of Creative Industries.

Applications will be assessed based on programme eligibility criteria and the 500-word supporting statement. Places are limited and so priority will be given to students:

  • From ‘low participation neighbourhoods.’ Find out if you live in a low participation neighbourhood
  • Who are eligible for free school meals
  • Who would be the first in their family to progress to Higher Education
  • Who are currently in care, or who have been in care at some point in their lifetime
  • From military families
  • From GRTSB communities
  • With special educational needs or disabilities, including mental health difficulties
  • Estranged from their families and studying without the support and approval of a family network
  • Who are asylum seekers or refugees
  • Who are considered ‘young carers,’ helping to look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol. To qualify as a young carer, you must be caring above and beyond what is normally expected. There is no time limit on the amount of care you provide for your dependent.

We're looking forward to welcoming you to our campuses this summer. If you would like to have an informal chat about the programme(s), email

We wish you all the best with your application.