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Cambridge University

Residential Taster Days for Year 12

During the Easter holidays 5 students visited Peterhouse College in Cambridge for a residential experience with the view to study at the University of Cambridge.

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On arrival and once settled into accommodation, students attended a presentation on the process of applying to Oxbridge.

This was followed by a tour of Peterhouse, the oldest college in Cambridge, in glorious weather which showcased the 'Deer Park' (no deer unfortunately), with its fantastic array of spring flowers.

The students were then split into two groups. One went to the Fitzwilliam Museum to look at artwork and to deconstruct meaning behind symbolism. The other group went to the Scott Polar Museum where they were tasked with compiling a list of essential items for an expedition based on the many artefacts on display in the museum.

Students then attended lectures in the subjects they were interested in followed by 'supervisions', which are small group sessions with a senior lecturer where they discussed their topics in detail.

After some free time in Cambridge and dinner in the dining hall students and teachers supervising them had the opportunity to go punting on the River Cam where the Chauffeurs pointed out the various colleges which backed on the river and some interesting facts about each of them.

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On return to Peterhouse students went to the Junior Common Room where students were given a choice of activities for the evening.

The next day after breakfast students went to the Students' Union where the Debating Society organised some interesting debates. This was followed by free time in the town and visits to other colleges

In the final sessions of the day, students were given advice about how to make a competitive application for Cambridge University followed by exploring the subject they hoped to study with undergrads in small groups.

Peterhouse and the other colleges in Cambridge are amazing places and to study there is a true privilege

Quotes from students

Joel Fraser 'It was a great opportunity to hear and experience a little more of what it would be like to do a degree at Oxbridge. I found the tutorial sessions particularly helpful as the chance to engage with a PhD student about their subject was fascinating!'

Katie Marsden 'I had a really good time on the trip and I learned a lot about the town and the University. Seeing all the things you could do there has made me start revising a lot harder for my AS exams!'