This is a week-long long Pre-University Summer Programme for 16–18 year olds. You will be taught largely through a series of pre-recorded talks (which may be audio and/or video), from leading Cambridge academics and invited specialists. A number of seminal academics have been invited to give pre-recorded talks as part of the virtual Pre-University Summer Programme.
There will be an opportunity for you to engage in written form with up to 100 course participants via the Student Forum. Some live discussion sessions are also planned so that you can continue the discussion with academic staff and speakers.
Sessions are also planned to cover:
All content will be accessible through a secure Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which is restricted to students on the programme only and monitored by our team on a regular basis. The virtual Pre-University Summer Programme runs for one week and content will remain available to access on the VLE for 2 weeks after the programme has finished.
Content will normally amount to c.2hrs per day across the week, comprising of pre-recorded material delivered by a range of University of Cambridge academics and invited subject specialists. There will also be the opportunity for you to engage in written form with other course participants and discuss content via the Student Forum. You may also need to complete reading or other preparation suggested in advance of the course.
Some content may also have elements of optional live discussions via Zoom.
We therefore suggest that you set aside approximately 2-3 hours of study per day to complete each day’s content and activities. However, this does not need to be done in one sitting, and you have the flexibility to access content when and where you want, and to go back and review it as often as you wish.
Content will be made available on each day of the course, Monday to Friday 20 - 24 July, from 8.00am BST.
A Certificate of Participation for the course(s) will be sent electronically, upon request via email, after the end of the Summer Festival. Details will be provided on the VLE.
Applicants must meet both of the following criteria:
You will need to be confident understanding and following arguments presented in written and spoken English at University level. You will need to satisfy yourself that you have an appropriate level of English language proficiency.
All courses will be delivered via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that allows you to study and learn online, access learning resources, and interact with your tutor and fellow students.
You will need to have access to:
- the internet via a computer or smart device
- a webcam and microphone for any interactive sessions which may be available
- speakers or headphones in order to hear pre-recorded material provided by the Course Directo
You must apply online providing 2 academic references as well as personal statement. Parental consent, code of conduct and health and safety forms also to be sent in with application. More details on the University website.