In the Master's GardenThis page is for 2023 entry students who are attending our Bridging Course. It is part of the Christ's College, Cambridge offer-holders section

If you are attending our August/September 2023 Bridging Course, this page will keep you updated with further information (if you are not sure if this is relevant, please see the FAQ's).

What is the Bridging Course?

The Bridging Course is a collaboration between Christ's and King's Colleges. This is a unique opportunity providing some extra support to a small number of new students across these two Colleges for the transition to studying at Cambridge. Overall it should be enjoyable and it should help you to feel a bit more ready for starting your course in October.

During the course, the selected students will participate in a range of both academic and social sessions to help familiarise themselves with the city, their colleges and being a student at Cambridge. It's a fantastic chance to find your feet ahead of October as well as getting to meet other students from across Cambridge in a variety of subjects. Academic sessions will incorporate both more general sessions and those specific to the subject area, with the aim of refining study skills, whilst a variety of social activities will allow you to meet both incoming first years and some current undergraduates. Every participant in the programme will also have a current undergraduate from their own college to support them in the transition to Cambridge. 

'It's a great opportunity to gain an insight into your workload, the social side of college and boost your confidence before you get here.' - Bridging Course Participant 2021

When does the Bridging Course take place?

The Bridging Course will be held from Monday 28th August to Friday 8th September 2023

28th August - 2nd September will be held in-person in Cambridge, and the remainder of the course will be delivered online. No sessions will be held over the weekend, but accommodation is provided until the Saturday 2nd September to give you sufficient time to travel home or spend a bit more time in Cambridge before doing so.

You are expected to be available for the duration of the course. 

Is there a cost?

No. The Bridging Course is entirely free and will include accommodation and meals for the duration of the stay, plus financial assistance with travel and other costs. Students will stay in accommodation at their own college.

A-Level Results, Offer Conditions & The Bridging Course

The Bridging Course is a part of your offer for Christ's College. This means that as well as meeting the academic requirements of your offer, it is also a requirement for you to attend the Bridging Course. 

This also means that on A-Level results day itself, as you will not yet have attended the course, UCAS may not show your place as confirmed immediately. Please do not worry - this will update to confirmed (or 'unconditional') during the Bridging Course! The Bridging Course is not graded, and so does not have anything you need to 'pass' - you just need to attend it. 

What do our students say?

Ariel (English) was a participant on the bridging course in 2021. She says:
"Before I came to Cambridge, I took part in the Bridging Course where I stayed in Cambridge for a week during the summer which really helped me because I was able to ask our mentors all the random questions I had and I knew my way around the city before I started in October."
You can find more detail about Ariel's experience in her student profile, by clicking here

The 2023 Bridging Course

'I have really enjoyed the bridging course and think it has been a great opportunity to meet people that have a similar background to me, which was a huge worry beforehand. I think the course is a great idea and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to take part in it!' - Bridging Course Participant 2021

NB. If we have not sent you emails about the Bridging Course then this page is not relevant.

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