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Year 12 Arts and Humanities Summer Residential

Are you a year 12 state school student who’s thinking of applying to an Art or Humanities subject at university, and would like to find out more about what it’s like to study at Cambridge? If so, then our Summer Residential 2020 might be for you!

Pembroke is excited to be hosting a Summer Residential in 2020, following the success of our Summer Residential events in 2018 & 2019, for students in year 12 who are considering studying a course within the arts or humanities. This residential will provide successful applicants with the opportunity to explore a number of subjects in more depth, as well as get a taste of life at Cambridge, stay in College owned accommodation and meet current students and staff. We hope that students who participate will get a real taste of university life, and a better understanding of what they can do now to prepare themselves for this step. The residential will also include participation in one of the University of Cambridge’s Open Days.


  • Monday 29th June - Friday 3rd July 2020

Subjects included

This summer school is relevant to anyone considering one of the following courses that Cambridge offers: Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic; Archeology; Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; Classics; Education; English; History; History and Modern Languages; History and Politics; History of Art; Human, Social, and Political Sciences; Geography; Law; Philosophy; Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion.

A full list of Cambridge’s undergraduate degrees can be found on the Cambridge website.


Applications for 2020 are now open! To apply to attend this event, please complete our online application form

Due to the limited number of spaces on this programme (30), applications are likely to be highly competitive. We will also ask for parental/carer permissions, and a reference from one of your teachers. To apply, you will need to complete an online form, with the closing date being 08:00 on Friday 8th May, 2020. This form will also give you the opportunity to be considered for other, relevant residentials that may be taking place at other Cambridge Colleges. 

Please note that the application form asks for some sensitive personal information. You are not required to provide this to us, but, if you do, you will be consenting for us to use it for the following purposes: research projects and equalities monitoring (which may include relevant national research projects); managing any arrangements or adjustments that may be needed to help you participate fully in the event; assessing eligibility for this event.


There are a number of eligibility criteria that are considered when selecting successful applicants. Essential criteria include currently attending a state school in the UK, and having a minimum of AAA predicted at A level (or equivalent).

Beyond these required criteria, priority will be given to students who meet one or more of the following:

  • Have no parental history of higher education
  • Live in neighbourhoods with low overall progression rates to higher education
  • Have lived, or are currently living, in local authority care
  • Have been eligible for free school meals within the past five years
  • Are from an ethnic group which is currently underrepresented at Cambridge
  • Are a refugee
  • Have caring responsibilities for a family member
  • Have a disability
  • Attend a school in one of Pembroke College’s link areas.


The Arts and Humanities Summer Residential is free of charge for successful applicants. Accommodation, food, and evening activities are included. Students are expected to arrange their own travel to and from Pembroke, but Pembroke College will cover the cost of travel if a student is currently on free school meals. If this applies to you, we will collect this information from the application form – though if you have any questions at all, please contact Kathryn Dillon from our Schools Liaison Team.