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 2019 event will take place on Wednesday 27 February.

Apply for a place on the 2019 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 on their academic record and their commitment to exploring biological sciences at a higher level. Applications close on Friday 1 February. We will be in touch by Saturday 9 February to let you know whether you have secured a place.


This annual Taster Day is aimed at academically able students 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 Biology, Chemistry, and Maths for A level, IB Higher or equivalent;
  • you are interested in exploring biological sciences 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.

Darwin sign

Theme and content

The 2019 taster day will be 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 will include a session on applications for Natural Sciences (Biological) and plenty of opportunities to ask questions.


Practical details

The Biological Sciences 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 and a map of the college:

The exact timetable 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) and 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