Year 12 Access and Application Support Programme

Applications for this year's programme are now closed. Applications for the 2024 programme will open in November 2023 - if you would like to be notified when applications open, please register your interest here.

Are you in Year 12 and considering making an application to a competitive university? If so, we want to help support you. We therefore invite you to participate in our Y12 Access and Application Support - King's College Link Area programme. 

Through a series of online sessions, this programme will enable you to get your questions answered, clarify a few myths, and make an informed decision about the university to which you might like to apply, and the subjects which you want to study. Overall, the programme should build your confidence to help you make a competitive application to a University of your choice, while helping you to form aspirations for the future. While this programme will include some specific details about the Cambridge application process if, after this programme you decide that Cambridge University isn't for you, the programme will still help provide you with the confidence you need to make a competitive application to another University.

You can find information about what sessions you can expect on this programme below.

Should you have any specific questions that are not answered on this webpage, please do let us know by sending us an email to

Programme details

You can expect the following programme of events: 




24th January (Arts/Humanities)

26th January (Sciences)

Why Cambridge – an introduction (online)

A session to welcome you to the programme, and introduce Cambridge University and the collegiate system

31st January (Arts/Humanities)

2nd February (Sciences)

Cambridge and University Myth Busting (online)

A session to dispel some of the common myths associated with Cambridge, using real life experiences from our students. This session will also expose some of the myths about the career paths associated with particular subjects – showing you the wide range of careers that can follow from a Cambridge degree.

7th February (Arts/Humanities)

9th February (Sciences)

Applying to Cambridge (online)

Details about the application process for Cambridge and what to consider now

27th February - 10th March

Subject masterclasses (online)

A variety of different subject sessions to give a flavour of the type of teaching offered at Cambridge.

27th - 28th March

Visit to Cambridge

An opportunity to visit King’s college and experience college life with an overnight stay, as well as a Personal Statement workshop and in-person academic sessions. Current students will be on hand to answer any questions and participants will also experience a night in College accommodation.

5th April

Personal Statement Workshop (online)

For those unable to attend the residential on 27th March - An in-depth look into how to begin drafting your personal statement


Please note that sessions will typically be run on a weekday at a time outside of normal school hours (after 4pm).

Places on the residential are limited by the accommodation we have available – in the case of oversubscription priority will be given to those who have attended all previous sessions, and according to King’s College Widening Participation strategy (see below). Those who are not able to attend the residential will be invited to an online version of the Personal Statement Workshop.

How you can get involved

Applications for this year's programme are now closed. Applications for the 2024 programme will open in November 2023 - if you would like to be notified when applications open, please register your interest here.

This programme is available to students at select state schools within the North East, including schools in the following areas: Darlington, Durham, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Northumberland, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton-on-Tees, East Yorkshire, Kingston-upon-Hull and York (this is King’s College’s link area). If you are unsure if your school is included, please do get in touch with us at

We hope to offer this programme to as many people as possible however if there is oversubscription, we will prioritise students in the following areas in accordance to the King's College Widening Participation Strategy: 

  • Living in care or care leavers
  • Eligibility for Free School Meals
  • BAME background
  • Living in Polar4 quintile 1 and 2
  • Living in IMD quintile 1 and 2
  • No parents with background in HE



Thinking of applying to Cambridge? See here for details of how to apply, and why King's might be the right College for you.
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