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Insight Explore

We are currently accepting applications from students who meet the eligibility criteria to join Insight Explore programme in spring 2020. Students should complete the online application form by Sunday 9 February 2020 in order to apply. To find out more about the Insight Explore programme or to request a programme guide, please contact the Insight Explore team.


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.

In order to apply to the Insight Explore programme students should be on track to achieve five 5- 9 grades at GCSE and must attend one of the schools below. Applications will be verified by a teacher once they have been submitted.

Eligible schools:

  • Chesterton Community College
  • City of Peterborough Academy
  • Jack Hunt School
  • Ken Stimpson Community School
  • Nene Park Academy
  • North Cambridge Academy
  • Queen Katherine Academy
  • Sir Harry Smith Community College
  • Stanground Academy
  • St John Fisher Catholic High School
  • Thomas Deacon Academy

The University of Cambridge is committed to widening participation to higher education. As part of this work, we would like to work with and support students who may have experienced either educational disadvantage or belong to a group that is statistically less likely to progress to higher education. First priority on this programme will therefore be given to applicants according to the following criteria (in order of importance):

  • Students who have completed the Insight Discover programme
  • Students who are in care or care-experienced
  • Students who have been eligible for free school meals in the last six years
  • Students who belong to an under-represented ethnic group:
    • Black African or Black Caribbean
    • Pakistani or Bangladeshi
    • Roma, Gypsy or Traveller
  • Students who have experienced disruption in their education such as:
    • 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
    • Becoming a parent
    • Being an asylum seeker or refugee
    • Becoming estranged from close family members (e.g. parents/carers)
    • Moving schools more than once in the last six years
    • Other disruption (to be specified)
  • Students who are resident in areas with relatively low participation in higher education (using POLAR4) or in areas with less advantaged socio-economic characteristics (using IMD). This can be verified using our PDF icon Eligible postcode checker.

Contact Insight Explore

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Insight Explore Team
T 01223 764025

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