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What is Apply: Cambridge?

Apply: Cambridge is a specialist and free programme designed to support highly able students from underrepresented backgrounds and areas to make successful applications to the University of Cambridge.

The programme will be delivered by Cambridge staff and admissions tutors who will be sharing their expertise on the application process.

We will work with you every step of the way over a 6-month period, helping you navigate the process and effectively prepare for your Cambridge application.

The programme will be delivered entirely online and will run from 19 July 2021 until the end of January 2022.

What do I have access to on the programme?

  • Information webinars
  • Interactive workshops
  • Guided learning opportunities
  • Q&A sessions with Admissions Tutors and current students
  • Mentoring from a current student at the University of Cambridge

How do I apply?

If you would like to be considered for the programme, you will need to complete a short application form.

Applications open on Monday, 24 May 2021 and are due to close at midnight on Friday, 18 June 2021.

Please note: Along with some basic personal details, the form asks you to provide an idea of the Cambridge course you are considering applying to and your past and predicted grades, so make sure you have this information to hand when completing the form. 

You will also need to provide an email address for a staff member at your school/college. Please ensure you have verified their details beforehand and consulted them where necessary (particularly in regard to predicted grades). They will be emailed a copy of your application and asked to verify that the information you have provided is correct.

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • Be eligible for UK home fee status
  • Be a student at a state school or college in the UK
  • Be intending to make an application to Cambridge in October 2021
  • Be studying for qualifications at your school/college that meet the entry requirements for your chosen course at Cambridge
  • Be on track to achieve at least the minimum grades required for entry. A*A*A for most sciences courses (excluding Veterinary Medicine, which has an entry requirement of A*AA) and A*AA for arts and social sciences courses (excluding Economics, which has an entry requirement of A*A*A). See Entrance requirements for more details.
  • Be committed to undertaking the necessary work attached to participation in the programme. Places on the programme are competitive and we expect students chosen to be engaged with all aspects of the programme.

It may not possible to offer every applicant a place on the programme but we would encourage ALL students meeting the eligibility criteria outlined above to apply.

Priority criteria

Where spaces are limited, students who meet one or more of the following criteria will be prioritised. The criteria below are organised in order of their priority i.e. being care experienced is of the highest priority.

  • Students who are care experienced
  • Students who are eligible for the 16-19 Bursary/ Pupil Premium and/or those who have been in receipt of Free School Meals at any point in the last six years
  • Students who come from an under-represented ethnic group:
    • Black African and Black Caribbean
    • Pakistani and Bangladeshi
    • Gypsy, Roma and Traveller
    • White Students from Lower Socio-Economic Backgrounds (ever 6 FSM)
  • Students who have experienced disruption to their education such as for the following reasons:
    • Medical/health issues (including mental health), particularly those that have resulted in long or extended periods of absence (over eight weeks) from school in the last six years
    • Bereavement of a close family member (e.g. parent/carer) in the last six years
    • Being a young carer, defined as being the primary carer for a parent or sibling
    • Becoming a parent
    • Being an asylum seeker or refugee
    • Becoming estranged from both primary carers (e.g. parents/carers)
    • Moving schools more than once in the last six years (includes military children)
    • Other disruption (to be specified)
    • Please note: educational disruption due to COVID-19 is NOT regarded as a marker of disrupted education.
  • Students from schools with historic low progression to Oxbridge
  • Students who live in POLAR4 Quintiles 1&2 or IMD Quintiles 1&2 target wards
  • Students who are members of a HE+ or Insight+ school
  • Students who have been participants on other programmes offered by the central Cambridge Admissions Office

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