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What is The Subject Matters?

The post-16 subject choices that students make in Year 11 can have a major impact on their course and university options. Selective universities such as the University of Cambridge often consider not only the individual subjects, but also the combination of subjects because they prepare students more effectively for those courses.

The Subject Matters is a series of Cambridge based events for Year 10 and Year 11 students and their parents and supporters. We offer key advice about making informed A level (or equivalent) subject choices and provide an introduction to university life and study.

Check out our PDF icon sample programme.

When are they?

The 2019-20 series of The Subject Matters will run between October 2019 and February 2020. Most of our events take place on Saturdays but we also offer sessions during half term.

The upcoming events are as follows:

  • Saturday, 19 October 2019 (morning and afternoon sessions)
  • Friday, 25 October 2019 (afternoon session)
  • Saturday, 9 November 2019 (morning and afternoon sessions)
  • Saturday, 16 November 2019 (morning and afternoon sessions)

Please note, on Saturdays we run the same Subject Matters event in the morning and afternoon so we recommend that you only attend one session.

How do I book?

Tickets cost £7.50 per student, parent or supporter and free places and funded travel are available to eligible students – see eligibility criteria below.

Bookings for a morning or afternoon session are now open for events in autumn term 2019.

Register for Subject Matters

If you would like to purchase multiple tickets (e.g. one student and two parent/supporter tickets), please complete a separate booking form for each attendee.

Please note that bookings are non-transferable. Refund requests can only be accepted up to seven days before the event takes place.

Am I eligible for a free place?

We recognise it can be expensive to get to Cambridge so we offer free tickets and funded travel for students who are currently in care or eligible for Free School Meals. We also offer the same for any parents or supporters attending with you. If you have other extending circumstances please feel free to get in touch with us to check if you are eligible for a funded ticket.

To apply for a funded place, please email

I am a teacher. Can I bring a group of students?

Yes - we welcome school groups! Attending a Subject Matters session in the morning or afternoon leaves plenty of time for your group to have a look around Cambridge and perhaps visit some Colleges. If you are bringing a group of students and require coach parking, please contact us.

To request the group booking form, please email

In order to capture all the information we require, you will need to provide the information listed below for each student at the time of booking:

  • Full name
  • Email address
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Emergency contact details
  • Home postcode
  • School/college name and postcode

Whilst members of staff and current students will be available throughout the event, we are not responsible for participants/visitors beyond our legal responsibilities as event organisers.

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Contact The Subject Matters

The Subject Matters Coordinator
T 01223 765634

Related Documents

Subject Matters Poster

Feel free to download the poster to display on school/college noticeboards and in your newsletters:

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