Space School UK 2023 – Announcements
We are pleased to announce our Exploring Physics weekends for the summer of 2023

Space School UK will be running 3 opportunities this summer for A-level students to come and get a taste of physics and space science. We will be hosting 3 weekends for young people with an interest in space science to come and get hands-on and meet other science interested individuals.  

These opportunities will focus on model rocketry and the effects the Sun has on space weather. Each Weekend will cover the same activities, giving students a choice of date. We are also offering both residential weekends and non-residential weekends allowing participants to select the option they are most comfortable with. 

We are pleased to announce that these opportunities are sponsored by The Royal Society’s Rosalind Franklin award and therefore can be offered free of charge to all participants. 

To find out more information and to apply for a place click here: Exploring Physics Weekends.

The Space School UK Team

Space School UK runs summer programmes at the University of Leicester for young people with an interest in space, physics, astronomy & space science

Our Programme

Here are some of the things you can expect during your time at Space School UK

Talks & Workshops

You’ll attend lectures and take part in interactive workshops on a wide range of topics from astrobiology to X-ray astronomy, given by University lecturers and Space School staff


Working in small groups, you’ll build a model rocket from scratch, then launch it on the final day in front of your friends and family.  Will you succeed in your mission?


Take an evening tour of the University telescopes – if the weather’s good you might spot Jupiter, or even Andromeda!   Or camp out with your fellow students for some stargazing…


Space School UK and Senior Space School UK take place at the University of  Leicester

Each school is residential, and offers students a taster of what life at a university might be like.

Students stay in the University’s Halls of Residence in Oadby village, and attend talks, lectures and workshops at facilities at  the Department of Physics and Astronomy, which is a leading centre for space research in the UK. 

Dates and Booking

Please use the links below to book your place on Space School and Senior Space School UK.

Space School UK

Space School UK is our 5-night residential course for 13 – 15 year olds. 

Cost: £450

Unfortunately there will be no Space School UK in 2022.  Please check back for future updates.

Senior Space School UK

Senior Space School UK is our 7-night residential course for 16 – 18 year olds.

Cost: £550

Unfortunately there will be no Senior Space School UK in 2022.  Please check back for future updates.

Latest News

Below you’ll find the latest news and updates about Space School UK (via Twitter)

About 2 years ago

@sdrsms Hi SJ, really sorry but we don't know if SSUK can go ahead next year. We're waiting on a decision from @PhysicsUoL, but hope to keep people updated through social media.

Contact us

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Space School UK, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH

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