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The Young Engineer Summer Experience gives students aged 15-18 a fully immersive experience of working as an engineer in London.

Over the course of 2 weeks, students will have some of the most exclusive experiences of engineering that one can imagine: take apart a petrol engine, visit the largest collection of classic cars in the UK and board a Boeing 747 jet with aerospace engineers.

Join us for a life-changing experience that will set you up for a future as a successful engineer.

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Immersive Engineering Experiences:
  • 'Boeing Experience': exclusive access to a range of commercial aircraft alongside aerospace engineers and pilots at an airfield
  • Discover the magic of ‘Supercar’ production and design with engineers from leading supercar brands
  • Take apart a petrol engine under the supervision of a top mechanical engineer
  • Design an aerofoil and test it live in a wind tunnel with a Rolls Royce engineer
  • Use structural engineering principals to build your own bridge and test it to make sure it can carry heavy loads
  • Create your own sustainable engineering solutions to protect the Thames Estuary from the imminent flood risk
  • Pitch your own cutting-edge engineering start-up to a panel of experts in a simulated Dragons’ Den
Meet Senior Engineers
  • Be coached through the immersive experiences with engineers from world-renowned firms specialising in mechanical, civil, materials, aerospace engineering and more
  • Private networking sessions with these professionals, who can become vital connections for your future career
Career Coaching:
  • Receive training on how to land the most desirable jobs in engineering
  • Advice on subject choices, university selection, work experience, extra-curricular activities and more
Competitive Advantage in Your University Applications:
  • Attending the experience demonstrates that you have gained skills which are highly-valued by top universities
  • Complete the online assessment after the programme and receive a personalised certificate to include in your UCAS/College applications.
  • Personalised industry reference letter from engineers confirming what you achieved on the programme.
World-Class Universities and World-Class People:
  • Experience one of the best universities on the planet: University College London (UCL).
  • Meet talented and ambitious students from around the world who fly in for the Summer Experience, creating an invaluable lifetime network.
Design Your Own Summer Experience:

Choose from one of the following options:

1. First Week Only (taster experience); or
2. Two-Week Experience (the full programme); or
3. Two-Week Premium Experience (the ultimate package with both weeks plus enhanced benefits)

You can choose either residential or non-residential. The accommodation is at UCL student halls in central London. We provide residential students with meals, guardianship and fun activities on evenings and weekends. Airport transfers are also available at checkout.

Immersive Experience Week 1

Civil and Structural Engineering

  • Use core concepts and real-world constraints to design a civil engineering masterpiece
  • Build a structure to carry weight across two points in a graduate recruitment-style group task
  • Compete against other attendees to impress the judges and become the most successful engineer

Materials and Aerospace Engineering

  • Understand the physics of flight when manufacturing a high-performing aerofoil
  • Work with a Rolls Royce engineer to improve and test 3D-printed aerofoil designs
  • Find the optimum conditions for flight using a wind tunnel
  • Discuss your results with top material and aerospace engineers and propose solutions to achieve the most aerodynamic design

The Boeing Experience

  • Visit an airfield and explore a range of commercial aircraft with pilots and aerospace engineers
  • Learn how the design of different aircraft and gliders varies depending on function
  • Rig and derig a glass fibre glider with traditional controls, working as a team to lift the wings and secure the main rigging pins
  • Work alongside electrical engineers and pilots to programme a fly-by-wire control panel

Engineering in the 21st Century: Robotics and Machine Learning

  • Discover how modern engineering has become more efficient with the invention of ground-breaking technology
  • Investigate how innovative biomedical engineering solutions will improve medical diagnostics and enhance treatments
  • Explore how automation and data are taking over the manufacturing industry
  • Design your own AI creation with top robotics engineers
  • Decipher what the future of engineering looks like and how you can help solve global challenges

How to Become a Successful Engineer

  • Your path to success: understanding the key decisions ahead and how to maximise your chances of success
  • Making the right subject choices: A-level/IB/university and beyond
  • Securing work experience and designing an impactful CV/resume
  • Powerful interview techniques
  • Coaching from engineers on what you can do now to stand out in the future

Immersive Experiences Days Week 2

Enter the Supercar Studio

  • Gain access to the largest collection of classic cars in the UK and discover the evolution of the motor vehicle
  • Meet engineers who have helped create the world's most prestigious cars
  • Learn the unique engineering features of one of the most sought-after cars in the world
  • Take apart a petrol engine under the supervision of a top mechanical engineer
  • Assess the transformation of vehicles as we move away from petrol towards electric energy
  • Design your own electric vehicle under the guidance of experts

Engineering and the Environment: The Thames Barrier

  • Visit an engineering megastructure, The Thames Barrier: a world-leading sustainable engineering feat in London
  • Explore the intricacies of the environmentally friendly design and uncover its dual purpose
  • Use what you’ve learnt in a simulated climate emergency: work together to protect the inhabitants of the Thames Estuary from imminent tidal flood risk
  • Present your group proposal to a panel of leading environmental advisors
  • Receive live feedback on your solutions

The Rise of the Smart City

  • Discover the cities of the future: smart, sustainable urban spaces
  • Investigate how we can engineer innovative solutions to tackle the challenges of climate change and population growth
  • Layout the plans and designs for your own smart city and receive feedback from experts
  • Network with engineers and senior project leaders: find out what it takes to work for an award-winning engineering firm

Electrical Engineering

  • Explore the key principles behind electrical engineering
  • Take apart a household appliance and break it into its constituent parts
  • Put your creativity to the test and use existing components to invent something from scratch
  • Automate your new invention with a microchip and compete to win a prize from our panel of expert judges

Networking Event With Top Engineers

  • Take part in a private networking session with top engineers
  • Put your newfound knowledge to the test
  • Have your burning questions answered by those in the know
  • Receive valuable advice from experts in the field

Immersive Experiences 2 Week Premium


The Two-Week Premium option includes all the benefits of the first and second weeks plus exclusive evening and weekend excursions and extra career development opportunities.
Continue your professional immersion beyond the core programme hours and embark on a London adventure where business meets pleasure.


  • Attend a private Gala dinner with top professionals on the river Thames
  • Build a stand-out CV and LinkedIn profile, inclusive of professional headshots
  • Understand your cores strengths and development areas through psychometric testing and personality profiling
  • Develop key strategy, teamwork and leadership skills at an escape room
  • Be coached by professional athletes and politicians on what it means to be at the top of your game
  • PLUS many more unique experiences

This Summer Experience is for students aged 15-18 and you do not require any prior knowledge to attend.

There are 3 start dates you can select from for 2024: 8th July; OR 29th July; OR 19th August.
You can choose to attend for either ‘First Week Only’, ‘Two Weeks’ or our ‘Two Week Premium’ package. You can also choose residential or non-residential. Pricing and details are set out below.

Click “Register Now” to book your place. You can either pay in full now or reserve your place with a £950 deposit.

London 1 week London 2-weeks London Premium
Length First week only 2-weeks full programme 2-weeks Premium
Programme a Fly-by-wire control panel. Design an aerofoil for flight. Exclusive question and answer session with a NASA scientist
Take apart a petrol engine. Discover Extreme E racing. Experience how engineers tackle climate change
Private networking session at UCL with top engineers
Industry reference letter: personalised letter from engineers confirming what you’ve achieved on the programme
Graduation ceremony for the completion of the full programme
Assessment centre, LinkedIn profile building & CV writing workshops, psychometric profile testing
Training on how to succeed from politicians and Olympic athletes
Gala dinner on a boat with top professionals
Excursions to top London sites and premium activities including a West End theatre show
Summer Experience fee £1950 £2950 £3950
Optional fee for accommodation with meals, guardianship and evening & weekend activities included Available for an additional
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Optional fee for London airport transfers (return) Available for an additional
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Choose a location below:

In Person

Available dates:

  • 8th July, 29th July or 19th August


  • The programme is based at UCL and the surrounding University of London campus. Certain days take place in other key industry locations in London.

Accommodation location:

Please find below some of our most frequently asked questions. If you have any other questions you'll be able to findour full FAQ list here and you are also welcome to reach out to us at and we'll be happy to help!

When is the deadline for registering for an experience?

Places on our programmes are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis so we will close registration as soon as we reach capacity, because of this we would always recommend booking as soon as possible to ensure you do not miss the opportunity to attend.

Do I get a certificate?

Upon completion of the programme you will receive a bespoke certificate to include in all of your future applications. This will help you stand out from the crowd and show your passion for your chosen career. Letters of attendance are also available upon request at

Who are your safeguarding team?

On each Summer Experience, we have safeguarding team members on-site 24/7 to promote the safeguarding and pastoral welfare of our students. Our team are security-vetted (enhanced DBS-checked) professionals who work in education full time and our team is made up of Academic Professionals / LSA, Safeguarding Officers, Nursing Professionals, and Mental Health Practitioners. Students will therefore always be able to easily contact a guardian, should they need any support.

What is included in the accommodation package?

You can choose to add our accommodation package to your booking where you will be allocated to the University of London's Garden Halls, College Hall, or International Hall. Here, you will enjoy your own private room, 3 meals a day, and 24/7 guardianship. There are also lots of communal areas such as a games room and cinema room where you will be able to socialise with other students. Our safeguarding team will also put on evening activities such as trivia night, games night, and sports evenings.You will be able to arrive at the accommodation the day before the programme starts and checkout will be the day after the programme comes to an end.

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes, payment plans are available. Click on 'Register Now', and you will see the option to either pay in full or reserve your place with a £950 deposit. Once your deposit is paid, you will receive another email detailing the information for your second instalment. Please feel free to contact if you would like any further assistance.

Will there be any opportunities for rest days?

Rest days take place on the weekends.

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