Support for Schools

Working with Schools and the Area Links Scheme

The Area Links scheme enables the Cambridge colleges to build effective, coherent relationships with schools and colleges across the UK by matching every area of the country with a specific contact point at the university. You can find out more about the Area Links scheme at this website.

Through the Area Links scheme, Christ's College carries out access work in the following regions:

  • Lincolnshire

  • North Lincolnshire
  • North East Lincolnshire

  • County of Herefordshire

  • Worcestershire

  • The London Borough of Harrow

Our Admissions and Outreach Officer works closely with schools in these regions.  For those schools who have chosen to work with us, we offer several different kinds of support: in-school, online and visits to Cambridge.  In addition, we also have a number of resources available for staff and students (see below).

 

In-School Support

Our Admissions and Outreach Officer makes frequent "tours" of our Link Areas, visiting schools to offer a variety of sessions for their students.  Talks currently offered include:

For Year 13 Students:

  • Applicant support workshops
    (however, see below for our new online provision)

For Year 12 Students:

  • Introduction to Higher Education/Oxbridge talks
  • "Why Cambridge?"
  • Student Life workshop
  • Student Finance information session
  • "Preparing in Year 12 to apply to top universities"

For KS4 Students:

  • Introduction to Higher Education talk
  • "Why consider top universities?"
  • "Subject Matters - how to make A-Level and post-16
    choices to support your future plans"
  • Student Life workshop
  • Student Finance information session

For KS3 Students:

  • Introduction to Higher Education talk
  • "Myth-busting: what is Cambridge really like?"
  • Student Life workshop

 

The details of all visits and talks can be tailored to the needs of your school to fit in with other outreach and careers advice your students may receive.  We usually work with Year 9 students and above, but can discuss sessions for younger students if you feel this would be beneficial.  We are also happy to provide teacher training to staff involved in the UCAS admissions process, or talks for parents, and to attend higher-education related events that you are organising.  However, please note that, because of constraints on our time, we are not usually able to attend routine HE Fairs.

If you would like to organise a visit to your school, please sign-up to our regular mailing list below and look out for emails advertising dates when we will next be in your area.  Alternatively, you can always email us at access@christs.cam.ac.uk.

Please also keep an eye on our outreach events pages for information about upcoming region-specific events.  These include:

 

Online Support

From September 2018, Christ's College is pleased to announce a two new series of webinars to support students from our Link Area schools.

 

Series 1: Applicant Support webinars

Subject Suitable For Date/s Time
Competitive UCAS applications and personal statements Year 13s applying to competitive universities Every Wednesday from 5 September until 26 September 17.30
Preparing for admissions assessments Year 13s applying to Cambridge Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 24 October 17.30
Oxbridge interviews Year 13s applying to Oxbridge Wednesday 14 November and Monday 19 November 17.30

 

To access these webinars, students should go to www.cam.adobeconnect.com/christscollegewebinar/ and click "Enter as a Guest".  They will be asked to enter their name (first name alone is fine).  They should then wait for the session leader to admit them to the webinar.

We recommend all students read the Adobe Connect quick start guide for participants before taking part in the webinar so they know how the software works.

The webinars will last for no longer than 90 minutes.

 

Series 2: Subject Masterclass webinars

Date Time Subject Topic Link
1 May 18.00 Medicine, Biology The Basics of Molecular Biology (Part 1) https://cam.adobeconnect.com/_a1303311593/subjectwebinars2018-19/
8 May 18.00 Medicine, Biology The Basics of Molecular Biology (Part 2) https://cam.adobeconnect.com/_a1303311593/subjectwebinars2018-19/
29 May 18.00 Music, History, Psychology Music Performance Studies https://cam.adobeconnect.com/_a1303311593/subjectwebinars2018-19/
12 June 18.00 Economics, Finance The Global Financial Crisis: its causes and consequences https://cam.adobeconnect.com/_a1303311593/subjectwebinars2018-19/
26 June 18.00 Material Science, Physics Understanding the role of Computational Methods in Materials Science https://cam.adobeconnect.com/_a1303311593/subjectwebinars2018-19/
10 July 18.00 English, History, Classics Appropriation of Greek and Roman Cultures in the History, Literature and Media of Modern Societies https://cam.adobeconnect.com/_a1303311593/subjectwebinars2018-19/

Please note that the first two masterclasses are on consecutive weeks and are intended to be consecutive sessions. It would be helpful to participate in the first session in order to understand the second.

To access these webinars, students should go to the link indicated above and click "Enter as a Guest".  They will be asked to enter their name (first name alone is fine).  They should then wait for the session leader to admit them to the webinar.  Please do not try to enter the webinar more than five minutes before it is due to begin.

We recommend all students read the Adobe Connect quick start guide for participants before taking part in the webinar so they know how the software works.

The webinars will last for no longer than 60 minutes.

 

Visits to Cambridge

There are a lot of myths about university, and Cambridge certainly has its fair share. Some of your students might be discouraged from applying by these myths, as well as by other, more real concerns like finance, moving away from home and socialising. The best thing is for them to come to the university to see what living and working here is really like and Christ's is pleased to be able to offer visits to the college for its Link Area schools.

Christ’s College is able to accommodate visiting schools groups of up to 40 pupils. We host groups of KS4 and KS5 pupils, but are unfortunately unable to host visits from KS3 and younger students. Visits can be full day, half day, a couple of hours, or just a tour of the college. Apart from transport to and from Cambridge, visits are entirely free of charge for state schools, including morning refreshments and lunch on full day visits.

Day visit timetables are extremely flexible; please get in touch at access@christs.cam.ac.uk to organise a programme. Please see below for examples of day visit programmes for different year groups:

Once your event is booked, you may find the practical details helpful.

Please note that visits to Cambridge are in very high demand so please book early. Link area schools will be given priority when booking visits to Christ's.

 

Support Resources

In response to requests from our Link Area schools, Christ's has developed a number of support resources for schools.  These are designed to help staff to understand the Cambridge admissions process and to support them in helping students to prepare to apply in Year 12.

1. Supra-Curricular Enrichment Resources for Prospective Applicants:

Strong applicants to Cambridge and other competitive universities have often explored their chosen subject through wider reading and enrichment work outside of their A-Level studies.  To help schools and students to find resources for such supra-curricular activity, we have compiled this guidance document and resources list:

Supra-Curricular Enrichment Resources

2. Opportunities in Year 12:

We receive many emails asking us about summer schools and other opportunities for Year 12 students to get a "taste" of university whilst still at school.  Whilst we do not expect potential applicants to have done this, we are aware that there are many companies that offer very expensive programmes, which we would not encourage students to attend.  We have therefore put together a document containing information about the opportunities that do exist which are run by universities and charities as access and outreach programmes and so are usually free to attend.

This booklet also contains guidance for Sixth Form students looking to organise work experience placements.  Again, it is not an entry requirement of any Cambridge course that applicants have completed work experience in a relevant field, but we are aware that many schools require their students to undertake a couple of week's work experience in Year 12.  In that case, it is in the students' interest to spend this time in a way that is relevant to their future plans, so Christ's has worked with our colleagues in the University Careers Service to offer a guidance document:

Opportunities in Year 12

3. Cambridge Admissions guide for Teachers and HE Advisers:

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual guide to admissions for teachers and HE/UCAS advisers.  You can find this here:

Applying to Cambridge: advice for teachers and HE advisers

Christ's College has also written a suplimentary guide that covers material included in our Regional Teacher Briefing events and contains guidance on helping students to prepare at every stage of the process.  You can find this here:

Supplementary Admissions Guide for Teachers

If you or your colleagues would like information covering topics not included here, please get in touch at access@christs.cam.ac.uk.

 

Becoming a Christ's College Link School

Christ's College is eager to work with all schools in our Link Areas.  However, following recent changes to data protection legislation, we no longer have a registered point of contact at several link schools.  If your school is located in a Christ's College link area and you are not currently receiving regular emails from us, it is possible that we have lost touch with you.  Please consider getting back in touch with Christ's College and registering as our named contact at your school.  You can do this by completing this online form.

In addition, Christ's is very happy to be in contact with teachers and schools from other areas of the country.  If you are from a school outside of our Link Areas and would like your contact details to be added to our regular mailing list, please complete this online form to sign-up.

If you have any questions at all about Christ's College's provision of support for schools, please email us at access@christs.cam.ac.uk.