Year 12 Access and Application Support Programme

This years applications are now closed. If you would like to find out more about King's college, we run a number of events throughout the year. Take a look at our Open Day and Visiting page! 

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 webinars and other 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 find out 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 (specific dates are still tbc): 




Length of session


Why Cambridge – an introduction (online)

A webinar which introduces Cambridge University and the collegiate system

45 minutes


Cambridge Myth Busting

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

1 hour


Applying to Cambridge (online)

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

1 hour


Student Life at Cambridge (online)

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

1 hour


Subject masterclasses (online)

To give a flavour of the type of teaching offered at Cambridge.

1 hour


Personal Statement Workshop (online)

An in-depth look into how to begin drafting your personal statement

1 hour


Study Skill workshop  (online)

A general study skills workshop to help with super-curricular engagement

1 hour


Visit to Cambridge (TBC – covid dependent)

An opportunity to visit King’s college and experience college life on the Wednesday afternoon prior to the July open days. Current students will be on hand to answer any questions and participants will also experience a night in College accommodation. If possible, taster sessions will be provided.

An afternoon/



Application Q&A (online)

An opportunity for all those hoping to apply to Cambridge to ask any application questions regardless of whether they are applying to King’s or not.

45 minutes - 1 hour






















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

How you can get involved

Registrations for this years programme are now closed. Should you be interested in attending next years programme, please check back on this page in September. 

To be eligible to sign up for these session, you must be attending a UK state school within our link area, the North East of England. This includes schools in Darlington, Durham, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Northumberland, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton-on-Tees, East Yorkshire, Kingston-upon-Hull and York. If you are unsure if your school is part of our link area, please do not hesitate to 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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