Love Languages – Online Languages Masterclass Programme (Year 11)

UPDATE: Due to unprecedented interest and queries relating to the programme, I am pleased to inform you that the deadline for application has been extended to Monday 2nd November at midnight to allow for students to apply after half-term.

The event is designed to bring language learning to life, help build their confidence and make learning a language exciting for young people. We hope to encourage you to continue with their language learning beyond GCSE and to understand the importance of languages in a global context. Throughout the programme, you’ll learn about the benefits of being multilingual in the working world, practice using your target language inside and outside of the classroom setting and have a go at learning some other languages on offer at Cambridge University.

Do you want to bring language learning to life and be inspired to continue with your language learning? Then this is the programme for you!


This year long programme aims to highlight the importance of languages and presents key features of language study at the University of Cambridge.

The aims are to:

  • Inspire students to continue with their languages beyond GCSE
  • Make language learning interesting and exciting
  • Demonstrate the value of learning other languages and cultures in the working world
  • Build confidence at speaking their target language
  • Raise aspirations towards Higher Education
  • Show them all the different course options and languages on offer at Cambridge

Programme of Events

November        Masterclass 1 – Where can languages take you?

Students in Years 11 will benefit from masterclasses to learn about the value of learning languages beyond GCSE. Participants will have the chance hear from Trinity alumni on career options with a language degree.

December        Masterclass 2 – Undergraduate Level Lecture

Students will experience an undergraduate lecture to help give a flavour of language study at university. Students will experience language teaching in one of their current languages of study and be provided with an ab initio session in a lesser taught language (e.g. Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES) course), hence developing awareness and raising interest in expanding their love for learning languages.

January       Masterclass 3 – Cambridge Application Process and Personal Statement Advice

Students learn about the Cambridge application process and receive advice on how to write their personal statement, in the context of a languages application, followed by a question and answer session with college outreach and teaching staff.

February         Masterclass 4 – Current Undergraduates

Students will also have the opportunity to meet and talk to current undergraduates studying at Trinity. A pair of languages students will also deliver an aspiration-raising session about why they have chosen to study languages, including stories and photos from their year abroad.

March       Masterclass 5 – Languages at Cambridge – What does it look like?

Trinity academics demonstrate a mock tutorial to show how discussion and intellectual curiosity is fostered and supported

March/April           Masterclass 6 – Applying to Oxbridge – Myths and Misconceptions

There prevailing myths surrounding Cambridge which can often put people off from applying. Here we bust common misconceptions about applying to, and being a student at Cambridge.

Who can take part?

We are looking forward to seeing applications from students with a passion for languages. This programme is open to all year 11 students of a language and we would particularly like to encourage students who might be considering studying languages at university.

You will need to meet the following requirements

  • You must currently be a student in Year 11
  • You must be predicted to achieve GCSEs in a language graded at 7-9 (or A/A* level)

We would like to support as many students as possible through the programme. However, this programme aims to support students from backgrounds that are under-represented in higher education. Therefore, if it is oversubscribed, we will prioritise students who match one or more of the following criteria:

  • Have lived, or are currently living, in local authority care
  • Are attending a UK state school
  • Are eligible, or have been eligible within the past six years, for free school meals
  • Are a refugee
  • Have caring responsibilities for a family member
  • Live in neighbourhoods with low overall progression rates to higher education
  • Have no parental history of higher education
  • Have a disability

How do I register for the programme?

Students interested in joining the programme can register by filling in this webform by 9am on Wednesday 28th October:

After being successfully accepted, students will need to return a signed parent/guardian/carer permission form in order to participate in some interactive events within the programme. Students will also need to agree to a Code of Conduct which applies to all sessions they will participate in.

How will the sessions work?

Zoom webinars

When you register to attend a webinar-style session, you will then be sent a Zoom link which will allow you to join the event. Your camera/microphone will not be enabled, and you will only be able to communicate with the hosts/panelists running the session by typing out questions or comments. The majority of the events will be in this format.

Zoom meetings

Some of the more interactive events in this programme may require your camera/microphone to be switched on. These will take place using the Zoom meeting function – upon registering, you will be sent a Zoom link to attend one of these sessions. As part of the registration process, you will need to obtain the written permission of a parent/guardian to attend an event of this kind. A DBS checked member of staff will be present in each event where participants’ cameras and microphones are enabled.

Do I have to attend all sessions?

We would like students to attend as many of the webinars as possible throughout the year. Each session will be offered at numerous times and dates in order to enable more students to attend. However, we understand it may not be possible for students to attend all webinars and we’re happy to pass on key resources to participants who were unable to attend a particular webinar.