Humanities Residential 4th-6th April 2018

Applications for this residential are now open! You can apply here.

This residential will cover a broad range of humanities subjects – English Literature, History, Modern and Medieval Languages, HSPS, History of Art, Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, Theology, Philosophy, Classics, and Architecture. Whether you’ve already decided what to study at university, or you haven’t yet made up your mind, this residential will give you the chance to explore your interests, and try new subjects you might not be familiar with. The programme will run from  4th April until 6th April, during which time you’ll attend lectures and classes, taught by Cambridge academics, in a wide variety of different subjects.

Sample academic sessions:
-Theology: Why Christians Don’t Believe in Family Values
-English Literature: Practical Criticism in English Literature
-History of Art: The Power of Display and the Origins of Art
-HSPS: The Rise of the Unexpected – Why Politics has the Tendency to Surprise
-Russian: Learn the Russian alphabet – learning a new language at university

You’ll get the chance to meet current fellows and undergraduates, and gain a fantastic insight into what it’s like to study at Trinity. Our humanities residential is well-established, and many of the students who attend go on to study these subjects at top universities, including Cambridge. Attendees will also have the chance to explore the city of Cambridge, and take part in a range of social activities. The residential is free of charge, including accommodation and food costs and there are funds available to cover travel expenses to and from Cambridge.

Apply here.

Eligibility and Selection

All of our residentials are open to students at UK schools who will be aged 16 or over by the first day of the residential. There are 50 places available on this residential, and we anticipate being over-subscribed, so unfortunately we cannot offer a place to every applicant.

Applicants will be assessed based on their academic record, their commitment to exploring their subject at a higher level, and their teacher’s reference. Trinity’s residentials form a significant part of the college’s widening participation programme. Therefore we are particularly keen to identify students with little or no family tradition of higher education, those whose schools don’t send many applicants to Cambridge, and students who’ve spent any time in care.

If selected to attend, applicants will be sent a confirmation form and a code of conduct, which they must print and have signed by a parent/guardian before returning it by post to Trinity College. This is to confirm that they have permission to attend the Residential in Cambridge.

For the Humanities Residential, there are no specific A level (or equivalent qualification) subject requirements.


“I thoroughly enjoyed the entire residential and think that it was a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the course, the college and the university. I found every aspect of the event to very enjoyable and also informative. Thank you again for allowing me to come and experience what it is like to be an English student at Trinity College Cambridge.” (Spencer Charlton, 2014 Humanities Residential).

“I started the lecture not really knowing what History of Art was, and left thinking that I will definitely consider applying for it at university.” (Alexandra, from Milton Keynes, 2015 Humanities Residential).

“Before this residential, I never thought I had a chance of getting into Cambridge, but now I need to get my head down and get the grades I need.” (Luke, from Leicestershire, 2015 Humanities Residential).

“The lecturer went into much more detail than I’ve been taught at A level, which was brilliant as it explained the mechanics of processes I only had a surface understanding of before!” (Adam, from Hampshire, 2015 Humanities Residential).

“The philosophy seminar was really enjoyable, and allowed me not only to challenge the views of others, but have my views challenged too.” (Rachel, from Stourbridge, 2015 Humanities Residential).