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Cambridge 21+ is a programme for mature students who have never been to university before. Run by the University’s three ‘mature’ colleges – Hughes Hall, St. Edmunds, and Wolfson – the programme is designed to help UK students who will be aged 21 or over at the start of their course make a competitive application to study an undergraduate degree at the University of Cambridge. 

Participants who attend the online portion in May will be given the opportunity to apply to attend the free* in-person residential programme at Cambridge from 3rd - 5th July. 
*please note that travel to and from Cambridge is not included except for those in need of financial assistance. 
Tuesday 30 April – Cambridge University explained 

•    Breaking down myths about the University of Cambridge
•    What is a Cambridge College? 
•    Why choose Cambridge as a mature student? 
•    What will you gain from an undergraduate degree?
Thursday 2 May – What makes a successful Cambridge applicant?

•    Find out from Admissions Tutors what makes a successful applicant
•    What does Cambridge mean by extra-curriculars? 
•    How do we teach at Cambridge and what do we mean by the supervision system?
•    Does the assessment process differ for mature applicants?

Tuesday 7 May – Academic Skills for Success 

Meet with college librarians to explore opportunities to develop your academic skills whilst at Cambridge: 
•    Identify the skills needed to succeed at university
•    Reflect on your own skills set
•    Discover sources of academic support at Cambridge
•    Develop critical thinking skills to help support your application to university and beyond

This hands-on workshop will give you the chance to work with librarians and other participants on reflective practice and critical thinking activities. 

Thursday 9 May – Funding my degree  

•    Explaining Student Finance: loans and course fees
•    The Cambridge Bursary 
•    Hear from current students on how they manage their finances 
•    Work and study balance at Cambridge



Date and time

Tuesday, 30 April 2024 (5:00pm) to Friday, 5 July 2024 (5:00pm)


Mature students 21+

Online event


Deadline: Wednesday, 24 April 2024 (6:00pm)

Contact and more info

Outreach and Student recruitment Officer at Wolfson (Caroline Banerjee)