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.
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.
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:
If you enjoy learning languages and are in Year 10 or Year 11, do pass this on to your teacher:
Girton College, Cambridge invites schools and colleges in the UK to nominate up to two students currently in Year 10 or 11 for a Taster Day in Modern Languages on 21 October. Nominations are open until 21st September.
The programme includes:
• An introduction to studying languages at university
• Culture and Language workshops by University academics
• Question and answer sessions with Admissions Tutors and current undergraduates
Oxford University is inviting Year 11 (final year of GCSE) students to a "Lesser-Spotted Sciences Day". The day draws together science subjects from Oxford's Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences Division and beyond, that aren't commonly taught in schools. It's a great opportunity to explore the range of science that you can study at university.
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:
Dr Ha-Joon Chang, from Cambridge University's Faculty of Economics, interviewed with Owen Wilson recently for The Guardian. Dr Chang discusses the Conservative party's austerity programme, arguing that austerity is a ‘self-defeating strategy’ and an attempt to undermine the welfare state. The Cambridge professor also talks about inequality, asking whether the UK has ‘socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor’. You can watch the full interview here.