English Taster Day on John Milton


The 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 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 at Cambridge University through a series of lectures and workshops exploring Milton's work. This year's Taster Day will take place on Wednesday 6 March 2019.


Apply for a place on the English Taster Day

Applications for the 2019 Taster Day are now open! If you are interested in attending, and you meet the eligibility criteria (below), you can apply for a place by completing this online form. Applicants will be assessed based on their academic record and their commitment to exploring English literature at a higher level. Applications close on Friday 8 February. We will be in touch to let you know whether you have secured a place on the Taster Day by Saturday 16 February.

First Court


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

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

If you are from outside the UK and are unsure about your eligibility to apply for this event, please contact us for further information.


Theme and content

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

If you are interested in applying for the event, 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.


Practical details

The taster day is for students only (there are no sessions for parents & guardians).

Visiting students are responsible for getting themselves to Cambridge for taster days, however we provide travel information:

The exact timetable has yet to be confirmed, but as a guide, we normally start at about 10.30 or 11am and finish at about 4 or 4.30pm. Lunch is provided (free of charge).

Undergraduate Admissions / Open Days / Why choose Christ's? / English at Christ's 

"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