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Arts and Humanities Summer Taster

Applications for the 2024 Arts and Humanities Summer Taster are now closed

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What is the Arts and Humanities Summer Taster?

The Arts and Humanities Summer Taster is an opportunity for students to gain an insight into university learning at Cambridge, through subject taster sessions and lectures led by the College's academic community. The event will cover a variety of topics from across many different Arts and Humanities subjects offered at Cambridge. The summer event is designed for students who may be interested in exploring options across Arts and Humanities subjects, or connections between subjects and disciplines. 

This structure allows students to consider and compare multiple subjects - including those they may not have previously encountered - and gain an insight into the connections and skills that underpin degree courses within each discipline.

The 2024 Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Summer Taster will be held at Robinson College, one of the Colleges that form the University of Cambridge. There will be subject taster sessions, admissions information, and exploration of the College and the wider University. The event is free-of-charge, with accommodation and meals provided by the College. Travel expenses may be covered if students meet our Travel Costs policy.

The event will fit around the University-wide July Open Days, to allow attendees to make best use of their time in Cambridge.

When is it? 

The Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Summer Taster will run from the afternoon of 2nd July - the evening of 3rd July. Students attending the event who also wish to attend the July Open Days on 4th and 5th July are also entitled to accommodation in Robinson College for the night of 3rd July. 

Who is it for?

The Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Summer Taster is open to all students currently in Year 12 (England & Wales), Year 13 (Northern Ireland) or S5 (Scotland).

If the programme is oversubscribed, we will prioritise applicants who:

  • Have an academic profile (e.g. subjects studied, predicted grades) suitable for progression to their stream at Cambridge.
  • Have at any time been under the care of a Local Authority.
  • Are currently eligible for Free School Meals, or who have been eligible for Free School Meals in the last 6 years.
  • Are currently attending a school with low progression rates to higher-tariff universities.
  • Are the first in their immediate family to attend university.
  • Have home postcodes in areas with low local participation in Higher Education (POLAR4 quintiles 1 and 2).
  • Have home postcodes in areas of high socio-economic deprivation (IMD quintiles 1 and 2). 
  • Are from an ethnic background currently under-represented at the University of Cambridge (Black African, Black Caribbean, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Arab, Roma, or Traveller).
  • Live or attend a school in our link areas of Swindon, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire or the London Borough of Wandsworth.


How do I apply?

Applications for the 2024 Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Summer Taster will open in May 2024. 

We will ask you for the following information in the application form:

  • Your details: first and last name, date of birth, postcode, school/college, email address;
  • Your current school subjects and predicted grades (if you do not have official predictions you will be asked to estimate the grades at which you are working);
  • Further contextual information related to our Widening Participation criteria;
  • Information about making any adjustments should you attend the event;
  • Name and contact details of a nominated school teacher or contact;
  • Name and contact details of a parent or guardian.

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