Each year the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford organise a series of joint conferences for Year 12 (or equivalent) students* and their teachers/HE advisers.This year they will be held in Edinburgh, Merseyside. Newcastle, Surrey, Lisburn, Birmingham and Swansea from mid-March to the end of March.
The conferences will cover:
Courses available at Oxford and Cambridge
Applying to Oxford and Cambridge (including Student Life)
Student finance and careers
Oxford & Cambridge Admissions for Teachers and HE Advisors - new programme for 2017 at most venues
Booking has opened for the February Year 12 Saturday Masterclasses in Cambridge. These events provide you with an opportunity to explore topics of interest beyond what is covered within your school syllabus, and offer the chance to experience typical undergraduate teaching at Cambridge.
Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (If you're interested in languages, consider giving yourself access to languages, cultures, politics etc outside of Europe. You can study Asian and Middle Eastern languages and cultures on their own, or you can comine with a language that you already study, such as French, German, Spanish)
Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion (Recommended if you enjoy subjects such as Philosophy, Ethics as well as Theology. See Why study Theology?)
Classics (You don't need to have studied Latin or Greek before - give it a try)
History and Politics
History and Modern Languages
Law (You don't need to be studying law at school to apply for Law)
If you are at a state school from one of the areas listed at the bottom of this post (but not Cambridge), please read about the link area accommodation scheme if you need accommodation the night before the event. Otherwise, if you need accommodation, this page may be helpful.
Subject Masterclasses provide students with an opportunity to explore topics of interest beyond what is covered within their school syllabus and offer the chance to experience typical undergraduate teaching at Cambridge. They are aimed at academically able Year 12 students from any school/college. Including two taster lectures delivered by leading academic members of staff from the University and the opportunity to discuss and ask questions, the masterclasses offer students a true flavour of undergraduate study and an introduction to the University of Cambridge.
The Subject Matters is an event for Year 10 and 11 students, run by the University of Cambridge each autumn. Practical and informative sessions will highlight the importance of suitable A Level (or equivalent) subject choices when making an application to a selective, research-led university, and help students access information to make informed A Level choices. In addition, students are provided with information about the University of Cambridge, higher education and career opportunities as well as an overview of the application process and next steps. All sessions are delivered by Admissions Tutors and students have the opportunity to ask questions.
When will the sessions be held?
The Subject Matters sessions will take place in Cambridge on the following dates:
King's is running an open afternoon on Tuesday 20 September for prospective students - see our open days page for further details and to book a place. This is an opportunity for you to get to know the college a little better. It is designed for students who will be applying this October. There will be a talk, subject sessions, the chance to chat to current King's students and a tour of the college.
Many other colleges are also running open days in September for students who are applying this year - do see this page for the events available.
If you are visiting other Colleges and would like to see King's on the same day, do introduce yourself at the porters' lodge and say that you will be applying to Cambridge. The porters will be happy to let you walk around the public areas, and you might find our self-guided tour useful so that you know what you are looking at. NB if there is a 'College Closed' sign at the front gate, please don't be put off as this just means that tourists cannot enter.
If you’ve just received your GCSE results – congratulations! If you haven't started thinking seriously about what subjects to take at A level or IB, now is a good time to look at your options.
Some courses at university require certain subjects at A level or IB (or an equivalent qualification) and so it’s worth thinking about what kind of course you might apply for, and even just whether you’re more interested in the sciences, humanities or the arts – or a combination of these!
Maybe you’re not sure at this stage what broader area you might want to study, or even what kinds of courses are on offer? King’s has put together some advice on choosing your subjects.
We also offer advice for students taking the International Baccalaureate on choosing subjects.
Scrambled Eggs is a series of podcasts aimed at helping Year 11 and 12 students to explore their subjects and think about what they'd like to study at University. These are ten to fifteen minute discussions with university academics, many of them professors from the University of Oxford. Here are just a few: