Year 12

Do robots dream of saving lifes?

Credit: Hillary

Professor Tim Kelly from the department of Computer Science at the University of York will speak about self-driving cars, crew-less tankers, parcel delivery by drones, service robots for the elderly:  The robots are coming!

So save the date, 8th March at 6.30pm. For more information follow the link.

Date posted: 

Friday 2 March 2018


Durham University: Public lectures in early March

A love that moves the sun and all the other stars... If this strikes a chord with you, then the public lecture on Dante's Characters is definitely for you!

More interested in the Physics of everyday products? Durham University Open Lectures can cater for Scientists as well! See their website for more information.



Date posted: 

Friday 2 March 2018


Sutton Trust Summer Schools

Bodley's Court lawn

Applications have opened for this year’s Sutton Trust Summer Schools. These enable Year 12 academically gifted, state school students the opportunity to spend six days in Cambridge exploring what it’s like to study a particular subject at university. We have 26 different subjects available so why not encourage your pupils to explore a subject that that may not have encountered before, such as Anglo Saxon, Norse, and Celtic, or Education, English, Drama and the Arts. Applications close on 8 March. Click to find out more about course options, eligibility and how to apply.

Date posted: 

Tuesday 9 January 2018


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


Word of the Day

dictionary word of the day

Credit: Alan Myers


There are a few online dictionaries that post a 'word of the day' to help broaden your vocabulary with less common words as well as suggesting some more familiar words whose meanings you might not be so sure on. You can even sign-up to have these emailed to you daily. and Merriam-Webster are just two of the websites that offer these free subscriptions.

And if you're studying a modern language you might want to sign-up for the French, Spanish, Italian or German word of the day. You can find even more languages here.


Date posted: 

Monday 18 September 2017


Cambridge Open days: places still available

Tour of King's with a current student

Places are still available for the Cambridge Open Days on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 July 2017. If you are are thinking of applying for undergraduate study at Cambridge in the coming admissions round (either for entry in October 2018 or deferred entry in October 2019) you and up to two supporters are invited to visit the University of Cambridge and its colleges.

King's will be open for all Cambridge Open Day visitors from 9am to 6pm each day. Please do call in at your convenience to meet and chat to the admissions team and our current students and take a tour of the college. We will also be offering subject meetings (the timetable is here). We look forward to seeing you!

Date posted: 

Wednesday 21 June 2017


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


Hot air balloon problem

Hot air balloon

Credit: Brent Myers

A hot air balloon of mass 350 kg is carrying 5 people each of mass 70kg. The total volume of the baloon is 2800m3.

The balloon flies horizontally in dry air 1km above sea level. The atmopheric pressure at this altitude is 89.9kPa and the surrounding temperature is 9ºC. Given that the molar mass of dry air is 28.97g/mol, work out the temperature of the heated air inside the balloon. (You can take gas constant R=8.31J/mol K and you may assume that air behaves as an ideal gas).

General and problem-specific hints are available.

This is one of the problems on, a resource from Cambridge University Engineering Department with more than 200 problems to help you to practice problem solving skills relevant to Engineering. The website also provides general advice such as how to get onto a good Engineering course (whether at Cambridge or elsewhere).

Date posted: 

Monday 12 June 2017



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