Year 12 Access and Application Support Programme

Applications for this year's programme are now closed - Applications for next year's programme will open in autumn 2022

Are you in Year 12 and considering making an application to a competitive university? We want to help support you with this and 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 you questions answered, clarify a few myths, and make an informed decision about which university you might like to apply to. Overall, it should build your confidence to help you make a competitive application to University. This programme will include some specific details about the Cambridge application process –  however, if after this programme you decide that Cambridge University isn't for you, the programme should still provide you with the confidence to also make an 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: 




Length of session

18th January (Arts/Humanities)

20th January (Sciences)

Why Cambridge – an introduction (online)

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

1 hour

25th January (Arts/Humanities)

27th January (Sciences)

Cambridge Myth Busting

A session to dispel some of the common myths associated with Cambridge, using real life experiences from our students.

1 hour

1st February (Arts/Humanities)

3rd February (Sciences)

Applying to Cambridge (online)

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

1 hour

8th February (Arts/Humanities)

10th February (Sciences)

Student Life at Cambridge (online)

Current students discuss their day to day life – an opportunity to ask questions

1 hour

28th February - 11th March

Subject masterclasses (online)

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

1 hour

6th July

Visit to Cambridge

An opportunity to visit King’s college and experience college life on the Wednesday afternoon prior to the July open days, as well as Personal Statement and Study Skills Workshops. Current students will be on hand to answer any questions and participants will also experience a night in College accommodation.

An afternoon / evening

12th July

Personal Statement Workshop (online)

For those unable to attend the residential on 6th July - An in-depth look into how to begin drafting your personal statement

1 hour

14th July

Study Skills Workshop (online)

For those unable to attend the residential on 6th July - A general study skills workshop to help with super-curricular engagement

1 hour

























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. Those who are not able to attend the residential are of course still welcome to attend the Open Days, and will be invited to online versions of the Personal Statement and Study Skills Workshops.

How you can get involved

Applications for this year's programme are now closed - Applications for next year's programme will open in autumn 2022

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
  • Attending a state school


We encourage all prospective applicants to pursue their interests beyond the standard school curriculum.
Thinking of applying to Cambridge? See here for details of how to apply, and why King's might be the right College for you.
Find out more about our Open Days, visiting King's at other times and informal meetings with our Admissions team, or take the virtual tour!
King's participates in a number of schemes to make studying in Cambridge a realistic possibility for students from under-represented backgrounds.

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