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  • Use this slide to introduce yourself: your name…
  • Your subject…
  • Where you’re from…
  • Maybe your College…
  • And a little bit about why you’re visiting

You could even put a photo of yourself doing something cool at Cambridge here…

  • Breaking down myths about Cambridge
    • 6 myths
  • What life as a university student is like
  • How to apply to university
cambridge s history
Cambridge’s History
  • Founded 1209 by academics fleeing from Oxford
  • Originally religious education, then science and maths
  • Oldest College founded 1284, newest in 1977
  • Over 800 years old – lots of myths!
myth 1
Myth 1:

“It’s Hogwarts!”

what is a college
What is a College?
  • Where students live
  • Smaller communities within the University
  • Some teaching happens there
    • Supervisions
  • Much more similar than they are different!
    • Communal facilities: cafeteria, library, chapel, gym, playing fields

29 Undergraduate Colleges

2 All-female Colleges

myth 2
Myth 2:

“Everyone just works all the time”

social life in cambridge
Social life in Cambridge
  • Clubs & Societies
    • Different levels with College and Unisocs
    • Over 700!
  • College JCRs, CUSU
  • Nightlife!
  • Cambridge as a city
    • Cinemas, theatres
    • Music venues etc
    • Sports facilities
myth 3
Myth 3:

“Everyone’s a genius”

myth 4
Myth 4:

“It’s more expensive

than other unis”

how student finance works
How student finance works

Things you pay back:

Things you don’t!

Maintenance grant

Depends on your household income

Cambridge bursary

Matches your government maintenance grant

Hardship grants

These are grants – you don’t have to pay them back!

  • Tuition fee loan
    • Covers all your tuition fees
  • Maintenance loan
    • To go towards rent, food, travel etc
  • Both available to all UK students
myth 5
Myth 5:

“Everyone’s posh”

applying to cambridge
Applying to Cambridge
  • Over 60% of students are from state schools
  • Everyone applies through UCAS
    • Same application goes to all your choices
    • You apply to a specific College
  • Deadline for Cambridge, Oxford, medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry: 15th October
  • Deadline for everything else: 15th January
  • Cambridge SAQ (Supplementary Application Questionnaire)
myth 6
Myth 6:

“Interviews are weird

and scary”

some facts about interviews
Some facts about interviews!
  • About 80% invited to interview
  • Only one part of the admissions process
  • Questions relevant to your course
    • Personal statement – don’t say anything you aren’t prepared to talk about!
  • No trick questions!
    • No juggling, no secret handshake, no philosophical jargon
      • (Unless you’ve applied to study Philosophy…?)
how to choose
How to choose…
  • A course:
    • Has to be the right one for you
    • Can you spend 3 years studying it?
  • A university:
    • Everyone’s choices different
    • Near home / away from home?
  • A college:
    • Find one you like! (Architecture, location, friendly students, good gym, nice gardens…)
what they re looking for
What they’re looking for
  • Cambridge:
    • Good academic track record
      • Will look at GCSEs, but more at AS grades/UMS
      • Equivalent qualifications also OK!
    • Passionate about your subject
      • Extra-curricular reading, other activities
  • Other unis:
    • Also interested in extra-curricular activities etc, so include on personal statement!
what next
What next?

Come on an Open Day!

Find out more!

University prospectus:

Alternative Prospectus:


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