Humanities

What's it like to study History?

Students in a supervision

The latest King's Student Perspectives piece is written by Joel, who has just finished his first year studying History here at King's:

In his account, Joel writes about the History course, how the teaching works, how he found the transition from school to university, and the social life in Cambridge.

Date posted: 

Monday 22 August 2016

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What's it really like to study Human, Social and Political Sciences?

What's it like to study Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic?

What's it like to study Music?

Examples of historical writing

Student in Chetwynd Court

Reading in Chetwynd Court

Are you interested in applying for one of the History degrees this October? Remember that the application process is not only about grades! We will be looking for students who have developed their interests in History and have the potential to succeed in this subject at Cambridge.

There is no set reading for History, History and Politics or History and Modern Languages. You may have already found material that you are enjoying, however if you are not sure what to read (where to start?) and are looking for some specific History material to look at over the summer, we hope that these examples of historical writing will be useful.

Date posted: 

Monday 27 June 2016

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Selwyn College Summer School 2016

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School students attending a science talk in Selwyn College

Selwyn College will be running a Summer School for year 12 students (or equivalent) for both the Arts/Humanities and Sciences from 8 – 12 August 2016.

Students stay in undergraduate accommodation for 4 nights and experience undergraduate life by attending lectures and practicals led by university academics, and also through social activities put on by the college. In previous years, the summer school has been solely for those interested in the sciences, however this year it will be expanding to cover both the arts and sciences. The event allows students to discover more about what it is like to study at University, particularly the University of Cambridge, and their course of interest, whilst experiencing student life. The Summer School is free of charge, including meals and accommodation. Travel grants are also available on a means tested basis.

The deadline for applications is 29 June 2016. Please see the full information for eligibility criteria.

Date posted: 

Tuesday 21 June 2016

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St John's Archaeology Summer School

Anubis headDiscover Egyptology at St John's Archaeology Summer School Credit: Son of Groucho

St John's College is hosting a 4-day residential Archaeology summer school from the 25-28 July for current Year 12 students. This will be an exciting opportunity to discover both the academic and practical basis of Archaeology as a University subject at Cambridge. It will include sample lectures and tutorials, workshops, and excavation. Topics will reflect the breadth of the Cambridge Archaeology degree, which also offers tracks in Egyptology, Assyriology, and Biological Anthropology.

As a subject which uniquely spans the Arts and the Sciences, Archaeology is suitable for students with a broad range of A level subjects.  Participants are not required to be doing Archaeology A level, and the content of the summer school will presume no previous knowledge. There will also be guidance on admissions and interviews.

The summer school is absolutely free to attend. Further details are available on the St John's website. The deadline for applications is 15 June.

Date posted: 

Tuesday 31 May 2016

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Power, War and Conflict Global Issues Day

Are you in year 12 and thinking about applying to Cambridge? Not sure what subject you want to take? Interested in how power is created or how people are affected by war? St John's College is running a Year 12 Power, War and Conflict Global Issues Day on the 17 June. This will be a cross displinary introduction to the theme of 'Power, War and Conflict' and will feature lectures from a variety of different subject backgrounds.

The programme for the day will include a chance to experience lectures from academics at St John's College, as well as supervision style teaching. There will also be the chance to meet current students and hear about making a competitive application to Cambridge.

The closing date for applications is 6 June.

Date posted: 

Tuesday 24 May 2016

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University of York Subject Conferences

heslington hall university of yorkHeslington Hall, University of York

Credit: John Robinson

The University of York have several Subject Conferences scheduled for June and July this year. These events give Year 12 and mature students the chance to explore a particular subject in depth and have a taste of what university level study is like. The days include lectures, some practical workshops, a campus tour and the opportunity to talk to staff and current students.

13 June 2016 -  Philosophy - includes a keynote talk from leading academic Owen Hulatt, lectures from research academics in the Department of Philosophy, seminar sessions and an optional campus tour. Deadline for applications: Monday 6 June 2016

22 June 2016 - Psychology - an exciting look at the mind, brain, and behaviour. It includes taster lectures on current research, hands-on practicals and demonstrations, as well as the chance to speak with current students about their experience as undergraduates. Booking required, limited places.

6 July 2016 - Chemistry - includes a keynote lecture by a member of academic research staff from the Department of Chemistry, a tour of spectroscopic techniques, molecular modelling workshop, lab activities, advice on applications, and an optional campus tour. Deadline for applications: 27 June 2016

Date posted: 

Friday 13 May 2016

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Subject tasters at Cambridge including an overnight stay

Trinity College

The Wren Library at Trinity College

Are you in Year 12? Do you want to attend subject taster events but struggle because you live some way from Cambridge? Some Cambridge Colleges offer taster events including an overnight stay, which will be very helpful if you want to find out more about what studying your chosen course will be like. There is no obligation to apply to the College organising the event (though you are welcome to if you want to).

All of the following residentials are free of charge, including accommodation and all meals. Do read the full information and check for eligibility criteria before making an application:

At Corpus Christi College:

At Trinity College:

Booking for all events below closes on 23 May. It's an extended deadline - please ignore the part on the page where it says that booking has closed. You'll see the extended deadline on the application form.

Date posted: 

Thursday 5 May 2016

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