Our teaching replicates the Oxbridge undergraduate system of small group seminars and one-on-one tutorials. This guarantees each student develops a deep understanding of their chosen subject, and is fundamental to Oxford and Cambridge’s success. Students can choose two subjects from a wide range of both sciences and humanities to study during their time with us. Our classes include:
Our strong focus on academic excellence means our students benefit from a level of individual attention rarely possible in schools, taking them beyond learning by rote and enabling them to discuss and hypothesise.
This means Cambridge Summer College students stand out when interviewing for places at prestigious universities.
Students will choose two subjects from the following options:
Click on any of the subjects to see a brief summary of what’s covered in the topic
Students take part in a range of workshops designed to refine the skills they will need to succeed in an intensive academic environment. Our tutors are all Oxbridge educated. Our team of tutors are all Oxbridge educated and can offer personal insight into the elite university application process.
The admissions workshops build confidence, hone key university skills and help students realise their potential through new ways of thinking and learning. On completion of the programme, students have a comprehensive understanding of the Oxbridge application procedure and how to apply to universities in the UK.
Although academic study is the main focus for students attending Cambridge Summer College, every afternoon after class, students get to relax by taking part in a range of activities in and around Cambridge. These range from visits to famous Cambridge sites like the Fitzwilliam Museum or Botanic Gardens to scavenger hunts, punting on the river Cam, and traditional British games like croquet and rounders.
Students also get the opportunity to visit the home of Cambridge’s rival university, Oxford, and one other location. Previous excursions have included trips to London and Warwick Castle.
Our students stay in one of Cambridge University’s prestigious colleges. All bedrooms include a study area and there will be access to Wi-Fi throughout the building. Breakfast and dinner is included with the accommodation and is served in the college dining hall, and there are numerous cafes, shops, restaurants and food stalls nearby for lunch. You’ll also get to visit the other famous and historic colleges within Cambridge university, including King’s College and Corpus Christi.
Held at one of Cambridge’s colleges, students will truly experience undergraduate life as they study, eat and sleep where many great minds have gone before.
Our students stay in a college just minutes from the city centre. All bedroom rooms have a study area and there is access to wifi across the college.
Students take breakfast and dinner in the college dining and there are a wealth of cafes and shops nearby where lunch can be purchased. We will ask you to notify us of any dietary requirements prior to arrival.
After just a few days, your accommodation will start to feel like a home from home. You will however still get to visit other colleges within Cambridge such as the famous King’s College and the impressive Christ’s College.
Between study time and other organised activities, students will have the plenty of opportunities to explore the beautiful city of Cambridge.
From the Fitzwilliam museum to the city market, students on the programme will have so many places they want to visit, they may want to stay for longer!
From morning classes to evening guest lectures and socialising with friends, students get a fantastic insight into life as a Cambridge undergraduate.
Oxford and Cambridge are both very safe cities and our students stay in the university colleges which are secure and supervised 24 hours a day. College porters are on duty both day and night and programme staff live in the college and are available and contactable at all times.
Students are required to check in with staff at meal times, in lessons and at evening curfew.
On arrival, students can be met and chaperoned from the airport to their programme. All students receive a welcome pack with maps and emergency contact numbers.
“When I arrived at the airport a chaperone was waiting for me at the terminal with a bright blue shirt with Varsity Education panels. Then we were all brought back in a car to Cambridge. I felt really safe and welcome because I was taken care of, so there was nothing really to worry about.”
Every day students spend at Cambridge Summer College is unique, and filled with fantastic opportunities to increase knowledge, learn new skills, and make wonderful memories with new friends.
Take a look at the timetable to see what a typical day at Cambridge Summer College is like:
|08:00||Breakfast||Students kick off the day with breakfast together before a daily briefing with the Varsity team.|
|09:00 - 13:00||Morning Seminars||Each morning students participate in seminars in both of their subjects, learning about new topics, discussing and debating ideas and presenting to each other. With just 4-6 students per class, led by expert tutors and Oxbridge academics, these seminars provide engaging and in-depth learning opportunities.|
|13:00-14:00||Lunch||Students are free to explore the city with their new friends and grab lunch in one of the many chic cafes, multicultural restaurants or vibrant markets.|
|14:00 - 16:00||Afternoon workshops||These workshops help prepare students for the highly competitive university admissions process with the confidence, skills and knowledge required for success. They cover personal statement writing, exam and interview skills, , debating, essay writing and more.|
|16:00 - 18:00||Tutorials or activities||After the workshops, students will either meet with their subject tutors in a one-on-one tutorial to discuss their work or take part in fun or educational activities.|
|18:30 - 19:30||Dinner||Students eat and socialise together in the college dining hall.|
|19:30||Evening Activity||Evenings include cultural and social events for our students. This could be a guest lecture, a quiz night, a theatre trip or a visit to the ice rink. Towards the end of the course we host a formal college dinner.|
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