Year 11

The Subject Matters: New and Improved!

Credit: The University of Cambridge

The Subject Matters – a series of information sessions for students in Year 10 and Year 11 – is back, with a new and improved programme that now offers students the opportunity to experience an academic taster in either the Arts & Humanities or the Sciences.

The A Level (or equivalent) subject choices that students make in Year 11 can have a major impact on course and university options. To help students make informed choices, our Subject Matters sessions highlight the importance of suitable subjects when making an application to a selective, research-led university such as Cambridge, whilst also providing an overview of higher education, the application process and next steps. In addition, students will have the opportunity to meet current undergraduates, Admissions Tutors and postgraduate subject specialists.

Booking is now open for the 2017/18 Subject Matters sessions in October and November. Tickets cost £7.50, although funded places are available for students in care and those who are currently eligible for Free School Meals. There is also a travel fund for individual students who meet either of the same criteria.

To find out more and to book tickets, please click here.

Date posted: 

Friday 6 October 2017

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Subject Masterclasses – Bookings Open

Lab work

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

The University is running a large set of Subject Masterclasses this October and November for academically able Year 12 pupils (or equivalent).  Masterclasses are a great opportunity for students to undertake super-curricular activities and explore subjects beyond the school curriculum. Students are able to attend multiple masterclasses throughout the year, so they can also be a useful tool for students still deciding which subject they wish to study at university. Bookings can be made here, and funded places are available for FSM pupils and children in care.

Each Masterclass includes:

  •   two taster lectures delivered by leading academic staff from the University
  •   the opportunity to discuss and ask questions
  •   an introduction to the Cambridge admissions process
  •   the opportunity to hear about life as a Cambridge student from current undergraduates

This autumn we are offering Masterclasses for the following subjects:

  • 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 6 October 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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