Biology and Medicine Residential 2019

Residential Dates: 31st July – 3rd August 2019

Application Form: CLOSED.

Closing date for applications: Applications are now closed (for student applications – teacher references must be received by 7th June 2019). We will be in contact with the outcome of applications around mid-June.

Questions not answered on this page? Email the Schools Liaison Officers Ellie & Terri-Leigh:

What’s involved?

This residential will cover a range of biology-based courses, including:

  • Biological Natural Sciences
  • Psychological and Behavioural Sciences
  • Medicine

During this residential you will attend lectures and classes taught by Cambridge academics, getting a taste of the wide variety of subjects on offer within these courses, as well as opportunities to explore the city and to take part in a range of social activities. You will also get the chance to meet current fellows and undergraduates, and gain a fantastic insight into what it’s like to live and study at Trinity. There will also be sessions on choosing a course, applications and student life.

In previous years, academic sessions have included:

  • Imaging and Modern Microscopy – Revealing the Inner Workings of Plant Cells
  • Chlamydia: Unlocking the Secrets of a Stealth Pathogen
  • Design Principles of the Immune System
  • Medicinal Chemistry and the Drug Discovery Process
  • Cancer: When Good Cells go Bad

The residential is in its fifth year, and many of the students who attend go on to study at top universities, including Cambridge. The residential is free, including all accommodation and food costs, and there are funds available to cover travel expenses to and from Cambridge for those who need it.

You may also be interested in:

  • Women in Maths Residential in March 2019, held in collaboration with Christ’s College. This is open to female and non-binary students interested in studying Maths and related courses at a top university. For more information and to apply, please click here.
  • Our Women in STEM Residential in August. This is open to female and non-binary students only, and focuses more on physical sciences – it would be more relevant for students considering applying to Chemistry, Engineering, Computer Science, Physics and Maths courses at university. Applications are made using the same form as the Biology and Medicine residential, and close on 31st May 2019.


Eligibility and Selection

You must be:

  • Attending a UK state school
  • In Year 12 (England and Wales; S5 Scotland, Year 13 Northern Ireland) and aged 16 or over by the 31st July 2019
  • Taking A-Level (or equivalent) Biology, plus two others from: Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Further Mathematics

Applicants should note that Chemistry is required to study Medicine at university, although it is not a prerequisite for attending this residential. Those interested in studying Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at Cambridge should note that Biology and Mathematics are required subjects if applying to Trinity College when making university applications in Year 13; some other colleges require either Biology or Mathematics, or do not have specific subject requirements.

There is a maximum of 50 spaces for this residential. We anticipate being over-subscribed, and so will unfortunately be unable to offer a space to every applicant.


How will we select between applicants?

Applicants will be assessed based on (in no particular order or weighting):

  • Academic record (which will be assessed in the context of your school)
  • Commitment to exploring their subject at a higher level
  • Teacher reference

Beyond this, we also particularly encourage and will look to prioritise applicants who fulfil the above and the following, as part of our commitment to widening participation:

  • Will be the first generation in your family to go to university (excluding siblings i.e. your parents have not gone to university)
  • Attend a school which sends few students to Cambridge or Oxford
  • Have spent any time in care
  • Are or have been eligible for free school meals or pupil premium funding
  • Have a home postcode that falls into the following, as used to contextualise applications (see ‘geodemographic data’ here): Participation Of Local Areas quintiles 1 or 2; Output Area Classification (OAC2011) that indicate less advantaged socio-economic characteristics; or Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) bottom 30% of postcodes.


If selected to attend, you will be sent a confirmation form and a code of conduct, which must be signed by a parent or guardian, and returned by post to Trinity College. This is to confirm that you have permission to attend the residential.



“I really liked the realistic image of Cambridge the residential gave me. Through residing in student accommodation, experiencing academic sessions by teaching fellows, and meeting new people from all over the UK, it has made me excited for university.” – Laura, Biology and Medicine Residential 2018

“My favourite lecture was the Cancer: When good cells go bad; it was presented in a way that was easy to understand, and the topic in general was fascinating! I also found the Chlamydia lecture really interesting as well, as it explored areas of immunology I had not previously learnt about which was really eye-opening.” – Alna, Biology and Medicine Residential 2018

“I had the time of my life on this residential. I made loads of friends who I’m still in touch with, and enjoyed learning interesting content on a subject I’m in love with.” – Miriam, Biology and Medicine Residential 2018

“The residential gave me a good understanding of what it would be like to study medicine at Cambridge, and it was a great opportunity to meet other people who have the same interests as me,” – Sasangi, Biology and Medicine Residential 2018

“I think this residential is a life changing event to me. All the lectures, seminars and activities gave me a crystal clear mind that Cambridge University is definitely where I wish to go in the future.” – Pinzhe, Biology and Medicine Residential 2018

“It gave me a great insight on how life is like at Cambridge, it cleared up all my misconceptions.” – Joed, Biology and Medicine Residential 2018

“I enjoyed the experience of staying in the college and getting a glimpse of university life.” – Anika, Biology and Medicine Residential 2018