Subject Taster Programmes

Bookings for these events are now open.

Want to discover more about subjects you could study at the University of Cambridge? These exciting and interactive Subject Tasters are designed to provide potential applicants with a flavour of undergraduate study at Cambridge, and an opportunity to explore topics beyond what is covered within the school curriculum. Students who are in year 12 (England and Wales), S5 (Scotland), year 13 (Northern Ireland) or equivalent overseas are eligible to apply. 

Each subject programme will consist of:

- Q&A sessions with current undergraduate students in your subject

- Super-curricular subject content delivered by members of Fitzwilliam College

- Exclusive access to lectures by college Fellows

- A chance to meet our Director of Studies and explore the subject of a lecture in more depth

- More information about applying to study at Cambridge and opportunities for questions

- An opportunity to visit Fitzwilliam College at the University of Cambridge for in-person follow up sessions this summer (subject to demand)


These events are free of charge and the online elements will be hosted on Zoom. Links will be sent out to attendees before the events. Please note that participants in small-group sessions will be encouraged to turn their video and audio on, and will therefore need to provide evidence of parent permission to take part in these sessions.

The programmes currently open for booking are below, with further subject specific details for each. Please note that new subjects may be added throughout the year and programmes are subject to change.

To book on to these events, please complete the online booking form. Booking closes midnight Friday 1st April 2022.

In the event of over subscription, places will be allocated according to widening participation criteria. Completing the registration form does not guarantee a place.

Our History Taster Programme will consist of two 2-hour long evening sessions in w/c 9th of May, with an in-person follow-up event in August 2022, dates TBC. The sessions are as follows:

  • Super-curricular session with our Director of Studies for History, Dr Jean-Michel Johnston
  • Sources Seminar with members of History department from Fitzwilliam College
  • Student Q+A with current undergraduates studying History at Fitzwilliam
  • Session on Applications for History, History & Modern Languages, and History & Politics at Cambridge

Applications will close on the 25th of April, and may be done through this online booking form.

Our 2022 Geography Taster Day will be a packed in-person programme on Friday 26th August, providing a hands-on taste of Geography at Cambridge University, as well as a chance to visit Fitzwilliam College to hear from our current students. The full programme will include: 

  • A taster lecture and Q&A by Dr Céline Vidal, Director of Studies, Volcanologist, and College Lecturer in Physical Geography
  • Student-led supervision-style sessions on both human and physical geography
  • Q&As with current students
  • Sessions on applying to Cambridge University
  • A tour of Fitzwilliam College and lunch in our buttery
  • An optional tour of Cambridge city centre
  • And more events TBC!

Applications will close on Monday 13th June. To apply, please complete this online booking form


These sessions will provide an insight into the study of medicine at Cambridge University, through taster lectures, and discussions with current staff and students at the University. The full itinerary will include:

Friday 8th April - distribution of pre-recorded taster lecture by Dr Robert Abayasekara, Director of Pre-Clinical Studies for Medicine at Fitzwilliam College

Monday 11th April 6pm-7pm - discussion seminar with Dr Robert Abayasekara on pre-recorded lecture material

Tuesday 12th April 6pm-7pm - Small supervision style sessions with current medical students

Wednesday 13th April 6pm-7pm - Session on applications for medicine and careers in medicine

August 2022 (date and time TBC) - in-person follow-up visit to Fitzwilliam College


These sessions will be an opportunity to hear about the English course at Cambridge University, and gain super-curricular insight into the study of literature. 

12th April 2022 (1:30pm - 4:30pm)

This daytime virtual session will provide broad insight into English. Students will receive a virtual taster lecture by Dr Hero Chalmers, Director of Studies for English at Fitzwilliam College, based on the theme 'How Soliloquies Work'. Students will be sent preparatory reading in advance and will have the opportunity to discuss the lecture and ask Dr Chalmers questions. This will then be followed by a virtual Q&A with current English students at Fitzwilliam, and detailed information on the Cambridge application process. 

August 2022 (date TBC)

A select number of students will be invited to a follow-up session at Fitzwilliam College in August, where they will have more opportunities for discussion about the course and applications, as well as for super-curricular exploration through lectures and seminars. 


This student-led taster day includes sessions from a range of different small arts & humanities subjects offered at Cambridge University, all linked by the detailed exploration of language, culture and history within the courses. You will have the opportunity to hear from current undergraduates about aspects of their courses they have found particularly exciting, as well as their experiences studying at Cambridge. 


All sessions will be held on the 13th April during the day. There will be a general introductory talk, followed by a general Q&A with current students from a range of subjects. There will then be subject taster sessions in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic; Archaeology; Classics; and Theology. The day will end with a talk on applying to Cambridge. 


You may attend as many of the virtual subject-specific sessions as you would like, or as few - please simply indicate on the sign up form which you would be interested in attending. After the event, resources will be sent out to students to explore all of the subject included further, in advance of the follow-up in-person event in the summer. 

Register now!