Biological Sciences Taster Day on Charles Darwin

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.

The 2020 Biological Sciences Taster Day took place on 4 March. If you are currently in Year 11, are planning to study Biological Sciences at university and think you would like to attend this event next year (when you are in Year 12), if you register your interest we'll send you an email in January 2021 when we open applications. In the meantime, please ensure that your A level or equivalent subject choices meet the eligibility criteria. 


This annual Taster Day 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;
  • 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 Day 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.


Year 11's! Register your interest for the 2021 Biological Sciences Taster Day

If you are currently in Year 11, will be studying Biology, Chemistry and Maths at a state sixth form next year, and think you would like to attend this Taster Day when you are in Year 12, do register your interest, and we'll then send you an email in January 2021 when we open applications - you can then review the opportunity at the time and see if you would like to apply. 

We have not yet set the date for the 2021 Biological Sciences Taster Day year but it is normally in late February or early March of Year 12. In the meantime, do have a look at our Natural Sciences page


Practical details

The Biological Sciences taster day is for students only (there are no sessions for parents & guardians). The exact date and timetable for 2021 has yet to be determined, 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).

Visiting students are responsible for getting themselves to Cambridge for 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.

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

"The workshop really set me to start questioning things I had previously overlooked. This taster day also gave me the opportunity to see whether I could keep up with the lecture pace (I could) and to finally meet others who share my interests and ambitions."

A Year 12 visitor at a previous event