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Thinking about Cambridge?

As the most diverse College in Cambridge, Lucy Cavendish College is dedicated to supporting students from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds to apply to Cambridge and to achieve their full potential. Our exciting and extensive outreach programme aims to provide prospective applicants and their teachers/advisors with transparent and comprehensive information and advice about applying to Cambridge, and to raise attainment among high-achieving students from backgrounds that are disadvantaged or underrepresented at Cambridge.

Further information about events and opportunities for prospective applicants and their teachers/advisors to get involved with can be found below, and supplementary resources can be found on our prospective applicants webpage

The Summer Preparation Programme is the first stage of the Academic Attainment Programme, taking place across 4 weeks in the summer holidays between Year 11 (S4 - Scotland, Y12 - N.I.) and Year 12 (S5 - Scotland, Y13 - N.I.).

The programme is designed to bridge the gap between GCSE (National 5/equivalent) study to A-Levels (IB/Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers/equivalent) by providing students with a month-long programme of academic enrichment tailored to their stage of the curriculum. The programme will consist of study skills workshops on a range of important themes such as time management and essay writing, university readiness sessions to support students as they plan their next steps to top Universities like Cambridge, and substantive knowledge sessions, designed to supplement students' foundational academic knowledge so that they can hit the ground running when they start their A-Levels (IB/Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers/equivalent). 

Applications for the Summer Preparation Programme are now open - find out more and apply using the link below.

Find out more and apply

The Lucy Cavendish College Academic Attainment Programme provides high-achieving Year 12 (S5 - Scotland, Y13 - N.I.) students with 10 months of comprehensive supplementary academic support tailored to their stage in the curriculum, giving them the best chance of achieving their full potential. Students will participate in regular subject-specific enrichment classes in each of their core A-Level (Scottish Higher/IB) subjects, with the aim of strengthening their subject knowledge and building confidence in their current studies. In addition to these, students will attend monthly discussion groups to develop their oracy, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. A range of subject taster sessions, alongside the completion of a Project, will allow students to explore their subject interests further and think more seriously about possible degree choices. Throughout, students will also receive advice from our Admissions Team on every stage of the application process so that they can make their university applications as competitive as possible.

Find out more and apply by 9 October here

Applications for the Summer Application Bootcamp 2023/24 will open in June. Students who participated in the Academic Enrichment Programme will automatically progress onto the Summer Application Bootcamp and do not need to apply separately. 

Information about the Summer Application Bootcamp, including how to apply, will be updated here. You may also wish to subscribe to our prospective applicant newsletter for updates.

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Other events for Prospective Applicants

Prospective Applicants

We are delighted to be able to welcome individual prospective applicants to visit our College! 

On your tour, you will be guided around the college grounds and facilities, including the library, the dining hall, and the café. Tours will be led by either a student ambassador or a member of the Admissions Team, and they will be happy to answer any questions you might have about Lucy Cavendish College or Cambridge during the tour. College tours last approximately 30-45 minutes.

Find out more and sign-up



Tours for offer-holder tours will be available throughout February, March and April. Information about college tours can be found on our offer-holders webpage:



We are able to accommodate a limited number of school visits throughout the year. If you are a teacher interested in booking a visit to Lucy Cavendish College with your students, please get in touch with Hayley at to enquire. 

The next Cambridge Open Days will be held on the 6th and 7th July. Sign-up to our mailing list to receive updates on the 2023 Cambridge Open Days. 

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Cambridge Open Days


Events for Teachers

Our 2023 Teacher CPD Webinars will be taking place on Tuesdays, 5-6pm from Tuesday June 20th to July 11th. Each session will include a presentation from and Q&A with a member of our Admissions Team. We will also be uploading resources to our website throughout the coming weeks to support the webinar series and to support you in sharing information with colleagues.

The anticipated schedule will be as follows:

Date Topic
June 20th Cambridge admissions processes and timeline explained
June 27th Writing UCAS Teacher References for Oxbridge
July 4th Supporting applicants through admissions assessments and interviews
July 11th Teaching supracurricular exploration and oracy skills

You can sign-up to attend the CPD Webinars here.

By registering your interest here you are signing up to receive Zoom links and reminder emails before sessions, and to have resources and session recordings sent to you. We will not be recording Q&A portions of the webinars, so recommend live attendance where possible.

We look forward to seeing you at our webinars!


Mailing Lists

We send out monthly newsletters to update you on exciting events, opportunities and resources from Lucy Cavendish College, the wider university, and beyond. 

Sign-up for our Student Mailing List here

Sign-up for our Teacher Mailing List here

You can also read our most recent newsletter here.


Social Media

You can follow us on Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram, or like the Lucy Cavendish page on Facebook.

Resources for prospective applicants

Resources designed to help prospective applicants make a competitive application.