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Summer School

Site Visit 1

Over the four days you will get to:

  • Attend taster lectures, exploring the current themes in property such as sustainability, housing issues and regenerating cities
  • Go on exciting site visits
  • Network with key individuals from the property industry
  • Take part in a group project, culminating in a lively debate at the end of the week!
  • Experience what it is like to live in student accommodation on a University campus
  • Learn about the great career opportunities available and routes into the industry

Who can apply?

The Summer School is open to Year 12 students from a state funded school/college in the UK.

Places will be offered to those who best meet the following criteria:

  • Attend and have always attended a state funded, non-fee paying school or college
  • Students from neighbourhoods with low overall progression rates to Higher Education and/or high levels of socioeconomic deprivation
  • Students with no immediate family working in the real estate sector
  • Students who have no family experience of University
  • Students who have been eligible to receive Free School Meals while at secondary school
  • Students who have been look after or in care
  • Students who have achieved a Grade 5 or above in Mathematics and English GCSE
  • Students who have predicted grades of ABB A Level or equivalent qualification

The next Summer School will take place from 19 - 22 July 2021 at the University of Reading. Applications are now OPEN!


*Please note, we are carefully monitoring the changing conditions surrounding COVID-19. Whilst we will make every effort to deliver the Pathways to Property Summer School as an in-person residential event, the safety of the young people taking part is our primary concern. Therefore, if it is not safe to deliver the event in-person in 2021, the Summer School will still take place, but will be moved online. We will keep all applicants informed when a final decision is made as to whether the event will take place online or in person.

“'Previously I had thought that real estate was just the buying and selling of homes, but Pathways to Property amazingly opened my eyes a lot more to the sector – an adventure I greatly enjoyed and will never forget'”
Leo, Summer School Participant

Work Experience placements

All Summer School participants will be offered the opportunity to complete a one week work experience placement over October half term in a leading real estate firm. This is a great chance to learn more about the industry and experience office life. Each participant will be provided with a bursary to cover travel and subsistence costs for the week.

“‘My work experience showed me there is more to property than selling and buying houses…it has given me a feel of what it is like in a professional work place and how important it is to build and maintain interpersonal relationships. The experience has confirmed that this is the area I would like to work in.’”
Favour, Work Experience attendee


Each Summer School participant can sign up to our e-mentoring programme through the online platform ‘Brightside’. You will be matched with a current student studying real estate and planning who can support you through decision-making about careers, routes into the industry and university life.

Financial Support

The Pathways to Property programme is fully funded so no student shall be left out of pocket. Further to this, if any Summer School participant chooses to study Real Estate and Planning at Henley Business School, University of Reading they shall receive a £1000 Welcome Bursary upon enrolment. In addition, any participant who would not be able to study on the course without financial support can apply for the RREF Pathways to Property Bursary of up to £30,000 over three years of study. By doing so we hope we can remove any financial barriers to entry to Higher Education and reduce the pressure on students during their studies.


Tel: +44 (0)118 378 4196