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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 2024.

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, and an in-person stay in Cambridge, 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.

This programme is free to attend, and the in-person stay will include accommodation and meals. Support with travel costs is available to those participants eligible for free school meals. Students who are not eligible for free school meals, but for whom this would be a barrier to participation are encouraged to get in touch, as some financial assistance may be available on a discretionary basis.

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 SLO@kings.cam.ac.uk.


What's Involved?

You can expect the following programme of events: 




23rd January (Arts/Humanities)

25th January (Sciences)

Why Cambridge – an introduction (online)

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

30th January (Arts/Humanities)

1st 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.

6th February (Arts/Humanities)

8th February (Sciences)

Applying to Cambridge (online)

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

26th February - 8th March

Subject masterclasses (online)

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

25th - 26th 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.

25th March - 12th May Weekly Tutoring Seven weeks of tutoring delivered by Tutorbility, to support participants with their studies - see below for more details.


Please note that online sessions will typically be run on a weekday at a time outside of normal school hours (usually 5-6pm).



We are delighted to announce that for the 2024 Programme we have partnered with Tutorbility to provide participants with tutoring to support their A Level studies.

Founded by current King's student Chinedum Franklin Okolo, Tutorbility is an educational company with a team of students tutors from Oxford, Cambridge and Russell Group institutions, who provide tailored tutoring and education consultancy services. 

The mission of Tutorbility is clear: to guide ambitious learners towards their dream universities and future careers, by using tutors who were recently in the same shoes as our prospective students and achieved stellar academic records with A's and A*’s. With a steadfast commitment to personalised and relatable support, they share the keys to academic success, igniting the potential of the next generation.

Through Tutorbility, we are able to provide participants with tutoring for seven weeks, immediately following the residential, to support their A Level studies in a subject of their choice. Participants will receive one hour of tutoring per week, free of charge.


Programme Format

Applicants will be asked to indicate whether they would like to participate in the full programme, or the online events only.

Full Programme

Participants on the full programme will be expected to attend all of the online sessions, the visit to Cambridge, and tutoring sessions. Places on the full programme are limited, and in the case of oversubscription priority will be given according to King’s College Widening Participation strategy (see below). If we are unable to offer eligible applicants a place on the full programme, they will be offered a place on the online only programme.

If the cost of travel to Cambridge is a barrier to an applicant wanting to apply for the full progamme, please do get in contact with us, as some financial assistance may be available.

Online Only:

Online only participants will take part in all of the online sessions, including the subject masterclasses. They will also be invited to an online Personal Statement Workshop later in the year.



To be eligible for this programme, you must be at a state school within the King's College Link Area in the North East of England. This includes schools in the following areas: 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 included, please do get in touch with us at SLO@kings.cam.ac.uk

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

How to Apply

Applications for this year's programme are now closed. Applications for next year's programme will open in Autumn 2024.




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