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Undergraduate Study


What is The Subject Matters?

The A Level (or equivalent) subject choices that students make in Year 11 can have a major impact on their course and university options. Selective universities often consider not only the individual subjects, but also the combination of subjects. At the University of Cambridge, many of our courses require applicants to have taken certain subjects, or combinations of subjects, because they prepare students more effectively for those courses.

Aimed at Year 10 and Year 11 students and their parents or supporters, The Subject Matters events offer sessions in which experienced Admissions Tutors give key advice about making informed A Level (or equivalent) subject choices to support students to put themselves in the best position for their studies after sixth form.

Students will also be able to participate in an academic taster session in either the Arts and Humanities or the Sciences, as well as the opportunity to ask current undergraduates questions, giving them a valuable insight into university life and study.

Each Subject Matters event will include:

  • An advice session from Admissions Tutors about choosing post-16 subjects
  • A talk about student life from current undergraduate students
  • Short taster sessions in either the Arts and Humanities or the Sciences

When are The Subject Matters events?

The Subject Matters events run between October and February. The events usually take place on Saturdays, with morning and afternoon sessions. We run the same Subject Matters event in the morning and afternoon so we recommend that you only attend one session. 

What will students get out of The Subject Matters?

The Subject Matters events aim to:

  • Encourage aspirations to study at university
  • Help students to start thinking about their A Level (or equivalent) subject choices
  • Increase awareness of what it is like to study at university
  • Enable students to experience an example university lecture

The Subject Matters are designed to get students thinking about university at an early stage. As such, whilst speakers will introduce the idea of applying to university and what it's like to study at Cambridge, the sessions won't provide in-depth information about the University of Cambridge application process, undergraduate courses and the Colleges.

We hope that after attending The Subject Matters events students will have a better idea about their further study options and recommend that when they get to Year 12 (or equivalent) they attend our Cambridge Open Days and Subject Masterclasses.

How do I book?

Bookings for the 2018-19 series of The Subject Matters are now closed. The next series of events will run from October 2019.

Tickets cost £7.50 per student, parent or supporter. If you would like to purchase multiple 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.

Funded places Funded places are available for students who are currently in care or eligible for Free School Meals. A travel fund is also available for individual students who meet either of these criteria and will be attending with a parent or supporter. To apply for a funded place, please email

Making a group booking To make a group booking, please request the link to the group booking form by emailing Please note that 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

Joining instructions will be sent out by email three days before each event so please check your inbox and junk/spam email folders regularly around this time. Emails will be sent to the address provided at the time of booking.

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

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