Academic Summer Programme in Cambridge | Varsity Education


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:

  • Over 25 hours of expert teaching in subject specific lessons
  • Challenging courses designed to introduce students to undergraduate content
  • Students complete set work for lessons and tutorials
  • Small class sizes allow for discussion based learning and interactive debate
  • One-on-one tutorials ensure individual development and continual feedback

Maths & Engineering tutorial


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

University Admissions Guidance

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.

The workshops include:

  • Critical thinking
  • Debating
  • Group discussions / Current affairs
  • Oxbridge preparation seminars
  • Personal statement writing
  • Interview preparation and mock interviews
  • Entrance exam practice

Activities & Excursions

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.

Life in Cambridge

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.

Staying in Cambridge

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.

Safety and Welfare

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.”

– Otilia