Participants on the 2018 Year 11 Summer School

Selwyn College is excited to announce our 2019 Year 11 Summer School, which will take place on 24th – 27th June 2019. Students will stay for three nights at Selwyn College where they will be immersed in university-style teaching, meet current undergraduates and experience life at a top university such as Cambridge.

This Summer School will feature a range of different Arts and Humanities subjects, themed around Italy. Participants will travel (virtually) through the Italian peninsula with University of Cambridge scholars as their guides, covering subjects including English, Linguistics, Film Studies, Languages, Art History, Archaeology and History. The Summer School has been designed to match as closely as possible a real Cambridge student’s experience and so will include lectures followed by supervisions (small group teaching sessions) as well as seminars and workshops.

In the evenings, participants will get involved in social activities, meet their peers from around the UK and have the chance to interact with current undergraduates, university academics and other university staff in a relaxed, informal setting.

The Summer School itself is free to attend with all meals, accommodation and activities being covered by the college.

Participants will be expected to arrange and pay for their own travel to and from Cambridge, although we expect to be able to offer bursaries towards travel expenses if necessary for those currently eligible for Free School Meals, and/or are/have been in local authority care. This will be discussed with successful applicants.

You can see last year’s programme HERE.


Taster Supervisions in the Selwyn College gardens

Requirements for applicants

  • Currently in Year 11 (or equivalent) and studying at a United Kingdom School
  • Studying at least one language GCSE (or equivalent)
  • On track or predicted to get at least 7s or As in at least five subjects at GCSE (or equivalent e.g. National 5)
  • Will be taking A Levels/International Baccalaureate/Scottish Highers next year
  • An interest in Arts/Humanities subjects

Recommended but not required:

  • An interest in applying to the University of Cambridge

Beyond the above criteria, priority will also be given to students who meet one of more of the following criteria:

  • Have no parental history of attending higher education.
  • Live in neighbourhoods with low overall progression rates to higher education.
  • Have lived, or are currently living, in local authority care.
  • Have been eligible for free school meals within the past five years.
  • Are from a group or community currently under-represented at Cambridge.
  • Have caring responsibilities for a family member.
  • Have a disability

There are only 30 places available for this Summer School, and applications are now closed.

We are currently reviewing the applications we have received and will let all applicants know the outcome as soon as we can.

We will be selecting applicants on the basis of the information provided, prioritising: those we believe would stand to gain the most from this experience; those who show a genuine interest in the subjects on offer and those who have a realistic chance of attending a highly selective university in the future.

We are aware that the GCSE contingency day (Wednesday 26th June) falls within the dates of the Year 11 Summer School. If this date is used, we will keep participants updated on any changes to the event.

Information for Participants

Pre-arrival information guide

Student Permission Form

Parent/Guardian Permission Form

Our past Summer Schools

If you would like to get a feel for what our summer schools are like, we have some videos of 2017’s Summer School:

Full length (22 mins): https://sms.cam.ac.uk/media/2512762
Short (8 mins): https://sms.cam.ac.uk/media/2512847
Academic sessions (14 mins): https://sms.cam.ac.uk/media/2512791

Testimonials from last year

“I am very grateful to have been given a place on this summer school. It has been an eye opening, educational and informative experience. I have gained new analysis skills as well as making new friends and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you!”

“I have had an amazing experience at Selwyn College, and I would love to stay longer or return! I am very grateful to the faculty and student ambassadors for this wonderful chance to experience university life. Thank you!”

“After being at this summer school I have definitely gained more confidence for my application to university. It has also given me a realistic insight to life at university and course options. I have also been able to meet some incredible people who are inspiring and have helped me throughout the week.”

“I’ve gained more information about Oxbridge teaching, and the application process”
“I have thoroughly enjoyed every single moment, I can’t even explain how much this opportunity meant to me. The new friends I’ve made and lessons I’ve learnt will stay with me throughout sixth form. I’ve been inspired to work hard and I’m ready to work hard in order to return to Cambridge in the future”