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Year 11 BME Taster Programme

This year, Fitzwilliam College will be running a two-week long taster programme for Black and Minority Ethnic Year 11 students across the UK, during the weeks of Monday 14th-Friday 25th November 2022.

Our JCR BME officer Lois Akinnagbe has worked with the college to design a programme aiming to develop study skills, introduce pupils to university subjects, and provide an opportunity to hear from current students about what studying at the University of Cambridge and other Universities is really like!

The programme will take place via Zoom on evenings and weekends, and will include: 

  • Sessions by students demystifying Cambridge
  • Subject Q&As
  • Taster sessions and lectures
  • Study skills advice
  • Advice on A level choices and university applications

Subject tasters will be available in a range of areas, including:

  • Law
  • Social Sciences and Education
  • English and Foreign Languages
  • History
  • Maths and Engineering
  • Natural Sciences
  • Medicine

This programme will be followed by an in-person visit day on Monday 3rd July, where overnight accommodation will be available for students travelling from further afield. Participation in the in-person day is dependent on engagement with the virtual November programme, and in the event of oversubscription places will be prioritised for students who meet widening-participation criteria.

Applications for this scheme are now open via this online form, which should take around 5 to 10 minutes to complete. Applications close on 31st of October at 12pm. If you have any questions about this programme, please direct them to

Dates: Monday 14th November – Friday 25th November, evenings, and weekends.

For: Year 11 BME students interested in higher education. 

Apply for a place now!