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Insight Explore

At the University of Cambridge, we welcome applications from students of the highest intellectual potential, irrespective of social, racial, religious and financial considerations.

Insight Explore is an academic programme for students in Years 9-11 from Cambridgeshire, which aims to develop students’ interests and tackle the barriers that might be faced when applying to university. During the programme, students will be able to explore academic subjects that may not be taught in school and talk to current academic staff and student ambassadors about their subject choices. The programme also aims to alleviate worries regarding topics such as the admissions process and student finance. Whilst on the programme, participants will complete academic work and receive feedback from current university staff and students.

As part of the programme, participants will come to Cambridge several times each year to attend a combination of compulsory and optional events which are designed to help students to develop skills and their understanding of university life and the future options that are available to them. These events will take place either at the weekend or during the school holidays. The programme will not interfere with school work.

To find out more about Insight Explore, please request a programme guide by contacting the Insight Explore Team.

Eligibility Criteria

We are currently welcoming applications from students who are in Year 10 and attending school in Cambridgeshire. We will soon be opening applications for Year 9 students from this area, please check back here for further updates.

Students must be on track to achieve five 5-9s at GCSE and meet one of the priority criteria below:

  • Have been eligible for Free School Meals in the last six years
  • Have been in Local Authority Care
  • Have no parental history of Higher Education
  • Have completed the Insight Peterborough Programme
  • Come from an area where students do not typically go to university (you can check this using our PDF icon postcode checker).

All participants must be able to travel to Cambridge on the coach that we organise.

If you would like more information about the programme, please contact the Insight Explore Team. We welcome enquiries from teachers who would like further information to pass on to their students.


Contact Insight

Insight Team
T 01223 766 872

Insight Programme Booking

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