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.
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 admissions 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, whilst questions about our outreach work, or any general queries/concerns you have about university or Cambridge specifically can be sent to email@example.com. 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 and Competitive Combinations:
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 subject-specific, 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.
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:
Each year Christ's College runs a series of admissions webinars for applicants to Oxbridge and other highly-selective universities. These cover each stage of the application process. This year we will be holding the following webinars:
|Competitive UCAS applications and personal statements||Year 13s applying to competitive universities||Every Tuesday from 10 September until 24 September||17.00|
|Preparing for admissions assessments||Year 13s applying to Cambridge||Tuesday 15 and Tuesday 22 October||17.00|
|Oxbridge interviews||Year 13s applying to Oxbridge||Pre-recorded and available at https://cam.adobeconnect.com/pvz3b33ual6k/|
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.
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
- Advice and guidance for potential applicants tailored to the time of year
- All Christ's College's student support material
- (In Year 13) automatic inclusion in our admissions 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.