Humanities Residential 2019

Residential Dates: 9th-11th April 2019

Closing date for applications: Applications are now closed. All Teacher references must be received by Friday 25th February 2019.

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What’s involved?

This residential will cover a range of arts and humanities courses, including:

  • English
  • History
  • Geography
  • Languages
  • Human, Social and Political Sciences (politics and international relations, sociology, social anthropology)
  • Law
  • Philosophy and Theology

During this residential you will attend lectures and classes taught by Cambridge academics, getting a taste of the wide variety of subjects on offer at university, 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:

  • Why Read the Literature of the Past?
  • Politics in a Divided World
  • Why Doesn’t the Earth Fall? An Introduction to Ancient Philosophy
  • Religious Violence in the Age of the Reformation

The residential is in its 8th year, and many of the students who attend go on to study these subjects 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.

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 9th April 2019

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

We particularly encourage applications from students who:

  • Will be the first generation in your family to go to university (excluding siblings)
  • 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

There are no subject requirements for this residential. However, applicants should check that they are taking the necessary A-Level subjects for the course they wish to study at university, which can be found on the individual course pages for each university (and college, if considering Cambridge).

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 enjoyed all the lectures because it gave me experience of subjects that I had not previously considered e.g. Theology. My favourites were English, as I found it most engaging, and Philosophy as the lecturer was immensely passionate.” – Katie, Humanities Residential 2018

The lectures were very engaging… I loved the lively exchange of ideas and the exploration of various topics from a wide range of different perspectives (e.g. political, social, economic implications).” – Sadia, Humanities Residential 2018

“The residential has really made me feel that Cambridge is a more accessible place than I previously thought. It has made me feel more happy to apply, and made me think about what I’d like from a college.” – Poppy, Humanities Residential 2018

“I enjoyed the academic session and interactive activities, mainly punting and visiting the Fitzwilliam Museum. I found these immersed us into student life at Cambridge, and the endless opportunities available here.” – Anonymous, Humanities Residential 2018

“All the staff were really helpful, energetic and had lots of information about university life and courses.” – Kate, Humanities Residential 2018