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What is Insight+?

Insight+ is a year-long programme run by the Widening Participation Team at the University of Cambridge for students in Years 12 and 13. It supports A Level students in Cambridgeshire and West Norfolk to make competitive applications to selective Higher Education institutions.

The programme runs from April 2022 to April 2023 and includes:

  • A Level tutoring
  • Visits to university campuses
  • A Model United Nations (including public speaking training and lessons about the United Nations)
  • Subject-specific activities such as mock seminars
  • Online mentoring with a current university student
  • Information, advice and guidance about going to university (such as student finance and how to choose the right course for you). 

There will be a mixture of in-person and online events, including a residential stay at a Cambridge College during the Model UN conference.

Insight+ is completely free; it does not cost anything to participate in the programme.

Check out our PDF icon Insight+ Student Guide 2022/2023 for more information. 

Why should I do Insight+?

Insight+ will give you the chance to build your confidence in a wide range of important skills, such as critical thinking, teamwork, public speaking and research skills. It will help you to secure the grades you need to meet the entrance requirements of a selective university, as well as independently extend your knowledge and passion beyond the A Level curriculum. You will work alongside other A Level students attending different schools, interact with current university students and be able to demonstrate your commitment to your studies.

How do I apply?

To apply for Insight+ complete the online application by 9am on Monday, 4 April 2022.

You will be asked to write a short personal statement (less than 500 words) in response to the question, ‘Why are you applying for Insight+?’. You might like to include:

  • Why you are applying to Insight+
  • What you would like to get out from Insight+
  • How you think joining Insight+ will benefit you.

We recommend preparing your personal statement in a Word document first, then copying and pasting it into your application form. We also ask about your education so far and your eligibility based on our selection criteria.

You will hear back from the Insight+ team about your application by Wednesday, 13 April 2022.

Selection criteria

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 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 (eg 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 (eg parents/carers)
    • Moving schools more than once in the last six years
    • Other disruption (to be specified)
    • Please note: Disruption to education as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic does not apply.
  • 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).
  • Students who have completed the Insight Discover and/or Insight Explore programmes
  • Students who currently attend, or have attended in the past, an Insight school in the list below

List of eligible Insight schools

  • Athena Sixth Form College
  • College of West Anglia
  • Jack Hunt School
  • Ken Stimpson Community School
  • King Edward VII Academy
  • Long Road Sixth Form College
  • Marshland High School
  • Nene Park Academy
  • North Cambridge Academy
  • Ormiston Bushfield Academy
  • Queen Katharine’s Academy
  • Sir Harry Smith Community College
  • Smithdon High School
  • Springwood High School
  • Stanground Academy
  • St John Fisher Catholic High School
  • Terrington St Clement Community School
  • Thomas Clarkson Academy
  • Thomas Deacon Academy

Information for schools

If you are a school interested in taking part in the Insight programme, see Insight for Schools for more information.


Please email the Insight+ team at

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