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Undergraduate Study


This event is open to students in Year 10 and Year 11.

What is The Subject Matters?

AS and A Level (or equivalent) subject choices made in Year 11 can have a major impact on course and university options. A significant number of very bright and capable students fail to gain places at selective universities because they are not studying the most appropriate subjects.

When assessing applicants at the University of Cambridge, we consider not only the individual A Level (or equivalent) subjects but also the combination of subjects. For many courses, we require applicants to have taken certain subjects, or combinations of subjects, because they provide an effective preparation for study at the University.

The University of Cambridge runs practical and informative sessions for Year 10 and Year 11 students. The events, called The Subject Matters, highlight the importance of suitable A Level (or equivalent) subject choices when making an application to a selective, research-led university, and help students access information to make informed A Level choices. In addition, students are provided with information about the University of Cambridge, higher education and career opportunities as well as an overview of the application process and next steps. All sessions are delivered by Admissions Tutors and students have the opportunity to ask questions.

How do I book?

The Subject Matters events for 2017-18 will start in October 2017. If you would like to receive a notification email when bookings open, please register your interest.

Booking is open to students, parents/supporters and school groups. The cost for this event is £7.50, however, funded places are available for some students – details are given on the event booking page.

Please note: bookings are non-transferable. Refund requests can only be accepted up to 10 days prior to the event start date.

Whilst staff and current students are available throughout the event, we're not responsible for students beyond our legal responsibilities as event organisers.

Important information for schools wanting to make a group booking: 
If you're making a booking on behalf of a school group, you'll need to provide the information listed below for each student at the point of booking. It's not possible to return to a partly completed booking, all questions must be answered in a single session. 

  • Name
  • Surname
  • Email address
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Disability or other requirements
  • Free school meals (currently receiving or within the last 6 years)
  • If the student is or has been, in the care of a local authority

Contact The Subject Matters

The Subject Matters Coordinator
T 01223 765634