Biological Sciences Taster Day on Charles Darwin

Eligibility criteria apply. If you're currently in Year 12 in September (Year 13 in Northern Ireland or S5 in Scotland), 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. 

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.


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 Level or Scottish 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 will open in February 2022 for the 2022 Biological Sciences Taster Day. If you're in Year 12 (Year 13 Northern Ireland, S5 Scotland), 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.

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

Practical details

The Biological Sciences 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 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