Support for Students

Alongside our work with our Link Area schools, Christ's College works directly with students from all over the UK to encourage and support them in applying to top universities.  We have gathered here all the information potential applicants might find helpful.

For information about Open Days and Subject Taster Days, see the 'Open Days and Events' section of our website.

We also run an extensive calendar of outreach events.  See here for information about forthcoming events.

Elsewhere, you can also find extensive information about applying to Cambridge, the subjects you can study here, student finance and the accommodation and facilities we can offer you at Christ's.

If you want to find out more about what it is like to study at Christ's/Cambridge from some of our current students, go to the student profiles section.

Finally, see below for our current collection of student support resources and webinars and for information about our ongoing support programme, which is open to any UK state school students currently in Year 12.

If you have any questions about applying to Cambridge, please remember that you can always get in touch with us.  Anything specifically about admissions is best sent to admissions@christs.cam.ac.uk, whilst questions about our outreach work, or any general queries/concerns you have about university or Cambridge specifically can be sent to access@christs.cam.ac.uk.  We are always very happy to offer advice and guidance to all students and there are no silly questions!

 

 

Resources for Students

To help students to prepare for an application to Cambridge, or other highly-selective universities, we have created the following resources:

 

1. "Subject Matters" A-Level/Post-16 Subject Choice Guidance:

The A-Level (or equivalent) subject choices that students make in Year 11 can have a major impact on their course and university options. Selective universities often consider not only the individual subjects, but also the combination of subjects. At the University of Cambridge, many of our courses require applicants to have taken certain subjects, or combinations of subjects, because they prepare students more effectively for those courses.

For the university's general guidance booklet, see here.

For Christ's College's specific advice, see our subject information pages.

 

2. 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

 

3. 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

 

 

Webinars

From September 2018, Christ's College is pleased to announce two new series of webinars to support students from our Link Area schools and other initiatives, such as HE+ and our LPN Summer School.

 

Series 1: Applicant Support webinars for Year 13 students

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.  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 90 minutes.

Students will need this document for the webinars on UCAS applications and personal statements.

The Powerpoint we will use is available here.

 

Series 2: Subject Masterclass webinars for Year 12 students

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.

 

 

Ongoing Support Programme

As part of our commitment to widening participation in Higher Education, members of the admissions department at Christ's meet thousands of students every year at events around the country.  Those students who attend a state school and are currently in Year 12 have the option to sign-up for a programme of ongoing engagement, conducted online and via email.  This includes:

  • Half-termly emails listing upcoming outreach events such as taster days and summer schools
  • All Christ's College's student support material
  • Fortnightly reminders about our subject masterclass webinars
  • (In Year 13) automatic inclusion in our applicant support webinars programme

Any UK state school student currently in Year 12 can sign-up to join the programme at any stage during the academic year.  To do so, simply complete this online form.

 

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