Resources for Teachers

You might like to start with the teachers’ section of the Cambridge website, and find out more information about our Open Days.

Careful choice of post-16 qualifications is crucial so that students keep doors open at university level. For advice relevant to the Russell Group, have a look at their Informed Choices pages which has useful advice on key facilitating subjects. For advice specific to Cambridge, be aware that individual colleges may have particular requirements; for example, Trinity has a list of Preferred A-level Combinations here.

Resources for Teachers

There are a number of resources available for students interested in studying at the University of Cambridge and the teachers and advisers who support them. Hopefully a lot of your questions will be answered by exploring our College website but, if not, here are some other helpful websites.

  • University of Cambridge Admissions Pages
  • University of Cambridge Virtual Tour
  • Trinity’s Access and Outreach YouTube – A playlist of videos recorded by Trinity College to support students considering applying to the University of Cambridge.
  • Personal Statements Guide – The Cambridge Students’ Union released a useful guide to writing a Personal Statement, breaking down a lot of the misconceptions applicants (and sometimes teachers) have about writing a Personal Statement for Cambridge.
  • University of Cambridge YouTube Channel – The Undergraduate Study playlist contains videos about many aspects of life at Cambridge, from the interview process to the first 48 hours of life at Cambridge.
  • www.applytocambridge.com – This is the University’s Alternative Prospectus, written by the students, rather than by the staff. It contains a student perspective on each course and college, as well as information that you won’t find in the official prospectus (for instance, how much a drink in the bar costs, how many hours of work you get per week, and so on).
  • Super-curricular suggestions – A selection of suggested reading lists and resources compiled in one handy document. These lists are NOT ‘required reading’ for Cambridge applicants. They simply provide some suggestions for places to start exploring your own interests in your chosen subject independently.
  • Ask-A-Student – This service is run by CUSU (Cambridge University Students Union). You can send a message to the page and it will be passed on to a current Cambridge Student, who will respond to you. You can ask about anything; what the food is like at a particular college, what it’s like to learn a language from scratch, whether a particular society exists for an interest you might have, and so on.
  • InsideUni – A student-led project with application advice from Cambridge students including a database of interview experiences
  • HE+ is an access initiative run by Cambridge University to promote access to Higher Education. You’ll find online resources for a variety of subjects as well as useful additional reading and information for people interested in applying for courses at Cambridge.
  • The Russell Group Website – Guidance for students from the Russell Group (24 of the UK’s top Universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, Manchester, Edinburgh, UCL and many more)
  • Oxford & Cambridge Collaborative Outreach Network – Events and resources from the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford
  • Cambridge Societies Directory – Wondering what societies and clubs you can get involved in at the University? Check out this list of over 700 societies on offer for our students!

To get in touch with the Cambridge college linked with your local area, which can provide a first point of contact with the University and organise visits for your school or college, please see the Area Links page.

The Outreach Team are always happy to hear from teachers, so please email Lizzie, Schools Liaison Officer, if you have any questions.