Biological Sciences Taster Series on Charles Darwin

Eligibility criteria apply. Applications for 2021 have now closed. If you're in Year 11, you can register interest for next year's Biological Sciences Taster.

Darwin's room marked on the wall

Christ's College is where the famous biologist, naturalist and father of evolutionary biology, Charles Darwin studied.  Cambridge has changed a lot since Darwin's time, but it still fosters great young scientists. Our outreach officers run an annual Year 12 Biological Sciences Taster Day that takes place here at Christ's College, Cambridge, normally in March or April each year. This day event will be held as an online series through March and April in 2021.


Current updates

05/03/2021 - If you're in Year 11, you can register interest for next year's Biological Sciences Taster Day.

27/02/21 - Applications have now closed. If you made an application, thank you! Info on what happens next is on the applicants page.

15/01/21 - Due to Covid-19 we have changed the format this year to a series of online sessions through March and April. Selected participants will be expected to commit to attending all of the sessions. Exact dates will be confirmed soon, and will be updated here once available.


This annual Taster Series is aimed at academically able students who are considering an application for Natural Sciences (Biological) at Cambridge and 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 (to anyone);
  • you are studying Biology, Chemistry, and Maths* for A level, IB Higher or equivalent;
  • you are interested in exploring biological sciences beyond the standard school curriculum.

* For students taking the IB, your Higher Level Maths must be 'Analysis and Approaches'. 


Theme and content

The annual Biological Sciences Taster Series is themed around Charles Darwin's life, work and impact, with sessions given by academics in Natural Sciences, chance to chat with current students studying science, and a guided tour of the College. The event normally includes a session on applications for Natural Sciences (Biological) and plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

"the day provided a feel for what life would be like to study at Christ's."

A previous participant

Apply for the Biological Sciences Taster Day

Applications have now closed for the 2021 Taster Series (online this year).

Applications will open in February 2022 for the 2022 Biological Sciences Taster Day. If you're in Year 11, you can register interest so that you receive an email in 2022 when applications open. In the meantime, do have a look at our Natural Sciences page.

Practical details

The Biological Sciences taster series is for students only (there are no sessions for parents & guardians). The exact timetable for 2021 has yet to be determined, but as a guide, we expect sessions to run after school (i.e. between 4-6pm).

Comments from previous participants

We asked some previous participants what they would say to future students considering an application for the event. You can read what they said here.

"It made me feel more certain that Natural Sciences is the course that I want to do, and that I would be capable of what the course demands."

A previous participant