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Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be running any Subject Matters in autumn 2020. Please complete the register your interest form, to be notified about future bookings and other opportunities at the University that may be of interest.

What is The Subject Matters?

The post-16 subject choices 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. PDF icon The Subject Matters sample programme.

When are they?

Most of our events take place on Saturdays but we also offer sessions during half term. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be running any in-person Subject Matters events in autumn 2020. Looking ahead to 2021, we will follow government guidance when making decisions about running The Subject Masters. The health and wellbeing of our visitors, staff and students remains our priority, and as such we will only run these events if we are confident that appropriate measures are in place.

How do I book?

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

If you would like to purchase multiple tickets (eg one student and two parent/supporter tickets), please complete a separate booking for each attendee. Teachers bringing a group of students can make a group booking (details below).

Bookings are non-transferable. See below for cancellations and refunds.

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 one parent or supporter attending with you. If you have other extenuating 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 session in the morning or afternoon leaves plenty of time for your group to have a look around Cambridge and perhaps visit some Colleges.

To request a 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

If you're bringing a group of students and require coach parking, please contact us.

Please note, 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.

Feel free to download PDF icon The Subject Matters Poster to display on your school/college noticeboards, and in your newsletters.

Cancellations and refunds

Cancellation by attendees: If you are no longer able to attend the event, you can cancel your booking up to 10 calendar days before the event date and be entitled to a full refund of the ticket price. Please note that the 10 calendar days’ notice is not inclusive of the event date. To cancel your place please email with the following details:

  • Event name and date
  • The name on the booking
  • The email address on the booking

Cancellation by Cambridge Admissions Office: While we make every effort to avoid any changes to our schedule of events, in the unlikely event that we have to cancel an event all booking costs will be returned in full. However we cannot reimburse the cost of any pre-booked travel so you may like to consider travel insurance for this.

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Contact The Subject Matters

The Subject Matters Coordinator
T 01223 765514