Open Days and Events
Events in Cambridge In addition to the various open days, the University organises a number of day and residential events in Cambridge for specific groups of students. Challenge Days Year 10 (or equivalent) Challenge Days offer students at state schools and colleges an insight into teaching and learning at Cambridge. Students participate in a variety of activities including introductory sessions on higher education and Cambridge, and subject taster sessions, as well as have lunch in one of the Colleges and meet current undergraduates. The Subject Matters Year 11 (or equivalent) The A Level/IB Higher Level (or equivalent) subject choices students make can have a significant effect on the course and university options available to them. The Subject Matters events highlight the importance of subject choices and offer practical help to those about to choose their options. Subject Masterclasses Year 12 (or equivalent) Subject Masterclasses provide an opportunity for students from any school or college to explore topics of interest beyond what’s covered at A Level/IB Higher Level, and to experience typical undergraduate teaching at Cambridge. The Masterclasses involve two or three taster lectures, an overview of the admissions process and chance to speak to current undergraduates. Residential events Year 12 (or equivalent) A number of residential Easter and summer schools are organised each year to give UK students at state schools and colleges an insight into university life. These include subject-specific Sutton Trust Summer Schools for Year 12 students.
Events for students in black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities The University offers a programme of one-day and residential events in Cambridge for UK students from BAME communities. The events are designed to introduce new subjects, and increase awareness of higher education and the opportunities available at Cambridge.
Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences Year 12 (or equivalent) The Universities of Cambridge and Oxford hold a series of joint Conferences each March for students and their teachers/HE advisers at venues across the UK. The Conferences provide up-to-date information on courses, the admissions process and student life at both universities.
Events for FE students The University organises a residential summer school to enable students from further education (FE) colleges to learn more about studying at Cambridge, student life and the admissions process. Visits to FE colleges can also be arranged.
Booking is required and further information is available at: www.studentconferences.org.uk.
Events for mature students Students who’ll be 21 or older when they start university The University organises a summer school and Application Support Day specifically for prospective mature students. These provide opportunities to visit Cambridge, and find out more about studying here and the application process. See what’s on offer by watching our short online film. Further information Events in Cambridge www.cam.ac.uk/ outreachevents/
Events near you Higher education fairs The University is represented throughout the year at higher education (HE) fairs and UCAS Conventions across the UK. Our representatives are happy to answer any queries students and their advisers may have about applying to and studying at Cambridge. Details of the events that we’ll be represented at are available online (www.cam.ac.uk/outreachevents/).
Student-run initiatives CUSU Target Campaign The Target Campaign is a studentrun initiative, supported by the University and its Colleges. Each year, Cambridge undergraduates visit state schools and colleges across the country to give information to Year 12 (or equivalent) students who are thinking about applying, and provide an opportunity to hear about the University from a current student’s perspective. The Target Campaign also supports talks and workshops with younger students that encourage them to think about their post-A Level choices. CUSU Shadowing Scheme Year 12 (or equivalent) The biggest student-run widening participation initiative in the country, CUSU’s Shadowing Scheme offers students from state schools without a tradition of top university entry the opportunity to come to Cambridge for one of three weekends in January and February each year. While here, prospective students spend time ‘shadowing’ a current undergraduate who’s studying a subject they’re interested in – attending lectures as well as social events and society taster sessions.