Sussex Study Experience

The Sussex Study Experience is an exciting programme designed to offer Year 12 and 13 students an experience of university style teaching and learning.

What is Sussex Study Experience?

Sussex Study Experience (SSE) is an extended programme designed to offer you a real experience of university life both socially and academically.

You visit us on campus over a number of days and take part in a Welcome Day, academic subject days and a Graduation Ceremony. You will choose one subject to study for your academic sessions. 

The course has allowed me to understand how and what universities are like and has helped me in my decision to continue studying history.” History student


To be eligible, you must be studying A-levels or BTEC in the area you are applying for, and meet at least one of following criteria:

  • you are the first person in your family to go to university (excluding siblings)
  • you have been in receipt of free school meals within five years
  • you are a young carer
  • you are under Local Authority Care
  • you have a disability

Email if you have any questions.


  • Biology/Zoology
  • Business
  • Computing
  • English
  • Geography
  • Law
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Chemistry (to be confirmed)
  • Engineering (to be confirmed).

The programme

By taking part in Sussex Study Experience, you will:

  • study with a leading academic in their chosen subject and discover innovative research in that subject and beyond
  • meet like-minded peers and gain confidence
  • develop a richer understanding of your chosen subject at undergraduate level
  • answer your questions about university life
  • Help yourself make informed choices about your future

if you are a successful applicant, you will receive:

  • free travel to and from campus (via public transport)
  • free lunch on each visit to campus
  • a breakfast snack for academic sessions
  • a reduced grade tariff offer for the University of Sussex*

How to apply

Apply online if you'd like to be part of this aspiration and attainment raising programme.

To find out more, watch our Sussex Study Experience video: