English / Theology Taster Day on John Milton

Eligibility criteria apply. Applications aren't yet open for 2022, but if you're in Year 12 (S5 Scotland, Year 13 Northern Ireland), you can register interest for the 2022 English/Theology Taster Day.

An old copy of Paradise Lost, open showing textThe poet John Milton, best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost, studied at Christ's from 1625 to 1632. Every year, we run a Year 12 English and Theology Taster Day on Milton's work that takes place here at Christ's College, Cambridge. The aim of the event is to give you a taste of what it is like to study English or Theology at Cambridge University through a series of lectures and workshops exploring Milton's work. 

If you are currently in Year 12 (S5 Scotland, Y13 Northern Ireland) you can register interest for this opportunity in 2022. We'll then send you an email when applications open.

Theme and content

Our annual English and Theology Taster Series is themed around the life and works of John Milton, with lectures and workshops given by academics in English and Theology, a look at some of the first editions of Milton's work in the Old Library, chance to chat with current students studying English / Theology, and a guided tour of the College. Applications to Cambridge are also discussed and there are plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

If you are interested in applying for the event in the future, you might like to look at Darkness Visible (a resource for studying Milton's Paradise Lost, made by Christ's students) as well as the English subject page or Theology subject page.


This Taster Series is aimed at academically able students in the UK who meet all of the criteria below:

  • you are in Year 12 (or equivalent)
  • you attend an academy, school or college that does not charge fees.
  • you are studying English Literature for A Level, IB Higher Level or Scottish Higher or equivalent*
  • you love reading and are interested in exploring literature beyond the standard school curriculum.

* if you are interested in Theology and are not studying English at A level, IB Higher or equivalent, please send us a quick email (admissions@christs.cam.ac.uk) to let us know your subject combination and we will confirm whether you can apply for this event.


Apply for the English / Theology Taster Day

Applications will open for the 2022 Taster Day in February 2022. If you're in Year 12 (Year 13 Northern Ireland or S5 Scotland), you can register interest so that you receive an email in 2022 when applications open. In the meantime, do also have a look at our English page and/or our Theology page.

If you're starting Year 11 (Year 12 in Northern Ireland or S4 in Scotland) in September 2021, you can register interest here for the 2023 English & Theology Taster Day.

Practical details

The English/Theology taster series is for students only (there are no sessions for parents & guardians). The exact timetable and format for the 2022 taster day has yet to be determined, but as a guide for in-person taster days, we normally start at about 10.30 or 11am and finish at about 4 or 4.30pm. Lunch is provided (free of charge).

Visiting students are responsible for getting themselves to Cambridge for in-person taster days, however we provide travel information and a map of the college:

If you are in (or were previously in) Care, please read about the Care Travel Fund (eligibility criteria apply).

For students travelling a long way, limited accommodation is normally available at Christ's on the night before the taster day on a first come, first served basis.


Comments from previous participants

We asked some of the 2020 participants what they would say to future students considering an application for the event. You can read their comments here.

"I found the experience very useful and expect that it will greatly aid not only my application, but also my goals and revision programme for the next few months."

A previous Year 12 prospective student