How do I know if I am on the Bridging Course?

All UK educated students with Home fee status are asked in their offer letter to keep Bridging Course dates free.

Shortly after A level and other results day (i.e. once we have all of our exam results) we will email you to let you know whether or not you have been selected for the Bridging course.

Why have I been selected for the Bridging Course?

You have been selected for the Bridging Course because the information you and your school supplied in the UCAS application, My Cambridge Application, AAIF and/or Extenuating Circumstances Form, together with our observations of you at interview and assessment and your exam results (if relevant), suggest that you have suffered more than average disruption to your schooling. It's not a reflection on your ability or potential - we believe that everyone on the Bridging Course has the capacity to excel at Cambridge! Your selection is  simply an indication that we think you deserve more time and attention than other students at the start of your course.

Is the Bridging Course optional?

No! If you are selected for the course then it will be a requirement that you to come to Cambridge and participate in the course during the given dates. You will be expected to attend all timetabled sessions and complete any work set during the course.

Can I fail the Bridging Course?

No! Although you will be set some work during the course, and be expected to attend academic sessions, the purpose of this is to help you get to grips with the teaching style and pace of Cambridge, rather than assessing you.

Is the accommodation that we will be staying in the same as when we start in October?

Yes! As the Bridging Course is just before term begins, you will be able to move into the room you will be staying in as a first year student.

Is the course primarily social or academic?

The course includes both academic and social elements. See the general information page on the Bridging Course for information about what's involved in the course!


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'[The student mentors] were incredible, all really welcoming and funny, made sure we were comfortable and very informative ( I think the fact that most of them came from similar backgrounds to us helped as well).' - 2020 Bridging Course participant