Literature and Languages

Plenty of places still available for King's open afternoon next Tuesday

open day group

We still have plenty of places available for the King's open afternoon next Tuesday (20 September). This event is for students who will be applying to Cambridge this October.  Please 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. There will be a talk, subject sessions, the chance to chat to current King's students and a tour of the college.

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Wednesday 14 September 2016

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Shakespeare - Where to start?

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Shakespeare's First Folio. Credit: ptwo

All students studying English at Cambridge take a paper (a module) on Shakespeare in their first or second year, but it can be daunting deciding where to begin with 38 plays and over a hundred poems to be getting on with!

You might like to start by looking back at what you’ve already covered. Many students have studied at least one of Shakespeare’s Tragedies at school (Macbeth, King Lear or Hamlet might be familiar?) or one the Comedies (Much Ado about Nothing or Twelfth Night?). You may even have approached a play that fits more problematically into both of or between these categories, such as The Tempest or The Merchant of Venice.

But have you ever read, or seen performed, one of the History plays? Or read some of Shakespeare's sonnets? Reading or watching one the poems or plays you've never come across before can be a good (and fun!) place to start. You can find all of Shakespeare's works online on Open Source Shakespeare or Shakespeare Online.

And then, why not check out Radio Four’s programme on Shakespeare and Literary Criticism?

Date posted: 

Thursday 11 August 2016

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

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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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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What it is like to study languages?

An Introduction to Studying the Ancient World

The Forum in RomeRoman Forum

Credit: Stefano Costantini

This study day on 29 June is aimed at those who have just finished AS-Levels and are beginning work on A2-Level Classical Civilization, Greek, or Latin. The day will consist of lectures, given by experts who teach and study at the University of Cambridge, which will introduce you to the A2 topics and the A2 set texts (and in particular their historical and cultural context) that you will be studying. There will also be an opportunity to take a guided tour of our famous collection of casts of ancient sculpture, to visit one of the Cambridge Colleges, to find out more about making a successful application to University, and - for those who have not yet studied one of the ancient languages - to participate in a taster session in Latin or Greek. See this year’s full programme, to get a taste of what is on offer, and click here to book your place.

If you're thinking of attending one of the Cambridge Open Days on the 30 June and 1 July and you're interested in Classics, the Classics Faculty will be running Is Cambridge Classics for You? a talk about studying Classics at Cambridge, a session for the parents of potential Classics students, a sample lecture which helps you find out what it’s like to study Classics here, and a stall where potential students can get personalised information and advice from Classics lecturers and students. To attend this event, please register here.

Date posted: 

Saturday 14 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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Selwyn College Arts and Humanities Taster Day 2016

Selwyn College will be hosting an interdiscipinary taster day for year 12's (or equivalent) interested in the arts and humanities on 29 June 2016.

Come and see what it’s like to study Art History, History, Italian, Archaeology, Anthropology, Film, and Linguistics at the University of Cambridge. At this Arts and Humanities Taster Day themed around Italy, you will travel (virtually) through the peninsula with University of Cambridge scholars as your guides. The day will involve a number of lectures, discussions, and an interactive session in one of the University of Cambridge’s museums.

Applicants must; be in year 12 (or equivalent), attend a state school or college, and be on track to achieve results that make them a competetive Oxbridge applicant. Please book a place on this event, the closing date for applications is Wednesday 25 May 2016.

Date posted: 

Wednesday 4 May 2016

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