Year 11

Year 11 & Year 12 Masterclasses

Lab work

What is studying a subject at university level really like? Credit: Laurence Livermore

Booking is open for Masterclasses in Cambridge for students who have just finished Year 11 or Year 12. 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.

  • Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic
    (Tip: Maybe not obvious, but explore this course if you're interested in History, Literature, Languages)
  • Physics
  • Politics and International Relations (HSPS)
  • Linguistics
  • English
  • Physiology and Neuroscience
  • History
  • Music
  • Medicine
  • Chemistry
  • Sociology (HSPS)
  • Veterinary Medicine

For details and booking, please see the Cambridge admissions website.

Date posted: 

Friday 30 June 2017

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Going deeper into Mathematics

Lines and curves on an athletics track

Lines and curves.
Credit: See-Ming Lee

If you like (or dislike!) mathematics, what is it about the subject that makes you feel this way? What does studying mathematics at unviersity level involve, and how can you work out if you will enjoy it?

We advise students who are curious about maths (and subjects related to maths) to read the following explanation of rich mathematics:

If the kind of maths that makes you think and encourages you to go deeper inside the subject appeals to you, make sure you explore the NRICH Mathematics website:

  • Stage 5 material is for students in the last two years of school (normally aged 16-18).
  • Stage 4 material is for students in Year 10 and Year 11 (normally aged 14-16)
  • If you have a particular interest, you may also find the curriculum content section helpful
  • Or have a go at some of the live problems and see if you can get your solution published!

Date posted: 

Monday 19 June 2017

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Law virtual classroom

If you want to study Law at university and have not studied the subject formally before, you might enjoy Pembroke College's virtual classroom.

Through exercises in the Understanding Law and Legal Skills sections, this resource aims to give you a better understanding of the nature and function of law, as well as some of the debates that surround the law. It will also help you to develop some of the skills involved in studying and practising law.

Date posted: 

Thursday 8 June 2017

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Introduction to Archives

Rupert Brooke in uniformRupert Brooke in uniform, at Blandford, Dorset. 1914. Archive Centre, King’s College, Cambridge. RCB/Ph/262

Why not access and use primary sources to explore and develop your academic interests this Summer?

King's College Archive Centre has developed an Introduction to Archives, using the papers of King's student and First World War poet Rupert Brooke as a case study.

The website is divided into two parts:

  1. Introduction to archives: What archives are, the key principles of archival research and how to access primary sources (sections 1-6).
  2. Rupert Brooke case study: How these ideas apply to the papers of Rupert Brooke, through interpretation activities focussing on different aspects of his life and a few of his most famous poems (sections 7-10).

Once you've worked through the online resources, you'll be ready to visit an archive near you to do some research of your own.

Date posted: 

Friday 2 June 2017

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Cambridge Science Festival 2017

Poster for the cambridge science festival

It's nearly time for this year's Cambridge Science Festival, which will run from 13 - 16 March 2017.

The Science Festival provides the public with opportunities to explore and discuss issues of scientific interest and concern and to raise aspirations by encouraging young people to consider a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Over 170 event coordinators organise talks, interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities, film showings and debates with the assistance of around 1,000 staff and students from departments and organisations across the University and research institutions, charities and industry in the eastern region.

You can read more, download the programme or search events online on the Festival website.

Date posted: 

Thursday 23 February 2017

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17 February - King's informal meeting for prospective students

Student drawing

Making party decorations in the King's Art Centre

Are you in Year 11 or Year 12?

Does your school have half term next week (13 - 17 February)?

Would it help to visit King's for our informal meeting for prospective students on Friday 17 February?

If your answer to these questions is yes, please see the information and how to book a place.

Date posted: 

Thursday 9 February 2017

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Spies, Trolls, Drones and Polls: Being(s) in Cyberspace

Credit: Hillary

The University of Hull is offering a series of talks about Ethics and Rights in Cyberspace.

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, "The Common Good: Ethics and Rights in Cyber Security" project seeks to understand where the balance lies between security and ethics in digital governance.  If the recent controversies surrounding U.S. governmental surveillance and implicated technology companies demonstrated anything, it is the need for proportionate, just and effective cyber security in digital governance that is committed to the common good.

The talks are free, but booking is required. Details and booking can be found on their webpage.

Date posted: 

Tuesday 24 January 2017

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Year 11 Summer School for Arts and Humanities

Ancient columns and a pool

The outdoor dining room at Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli

For students interested in the Arts and Humanities and especially Italy, Selwyn College has organised a Summer School this year from Friday 30th June – Sunday 2nd July. The Summer School will feature a range of different Arts and Humanities subjects, themed around Italy. Participants will travel (virtually) through the Italian peninsula with University of Cambridge scholars as their guides as they experience taster lectures in Languages, History, Art History, Archaeology, Anthropology, Film and Linguistics. More information about the Summer School and how to sign up can be found at Selwyn College.

And while you are waiting for the Summer School in June, why not read some of our student perspectives for Classics, MML or History in the meantime, to get an idea of which subjects you could study at University.

Date posted: 

Tuesday 10 January 2017

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Work Experience at the Department of Engineering

A bulk superconductor

A bulk superconductor over a magnet

Do you want to study Engineering in the future? Or do you just want to see how a large University Department is run from the inside? Then this is your chance! Each year, the Department of Engineering offers a small number of work experience placements to school students, so here is your oportunity to get an inside look.

In 2017, work experience placements will take place during the week commencing Monday 10th July.   The closing date for applications for the 2017 round of Work Experience placements is Monday 9th January 2017. For more information and download of the application form please visit the Work Experience Website

Date posted: 

Wednesday 4 January 2017

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