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If you are interested in attending one of our residential programmes in 2024, please sign up to our mailing list and we will inform you when registration is open. 

You can read further information on this page about our recent Biosciences residential programme.

If you’re in Year 12 (or equivalent) and you want to experience what life is like as a Trinity student studying a science-based subject (particularly biosciences), then  applying to our Bioscience residential programme might interest you.

This programmes aims to give students from non-fee-paying school across the UK the opportunity to experience life at Cambridge, benefit from the expertise of our lecturers, and live in College for a few days in our student accommodation. Attending a residential is not a requirement for applying to the College, but it will provide you with an excellent insight into what student life at Trinity is really like and help you decide if Cambridge is for you.

What happens on the Biosciences residential programme?

The Biosciences residential aims to give participants the opportunity to explore teaching spaces at Cambridge, engaging with challenging material, and become familiar with how Cambridge students are taught. Though programmes may not be identical year to year, but you can view a sample schedule from our 2023 residential below.

What costs are involved?

Our summer residential programmes are free of charge. There may also be some reimbursement of travel fees to and from Cambridge.

How do I apply?

You can register your interest by writing to:

Applications for the residential programmes will open later in the year, and in order to apply you’ll need to provide (1) your GCSE results, (2) your predicted A Level grades, (3) a teacher reference to verify your grades, and (4) a brief summary of your interest in the subject you would like to study at University and how you have explored this beyond the classroom.


To apply for our residential programmes, you must be a UK-based state school student (that is a student from a non-fee-paying school) and you must be studying, at A Level or equivalent, subjects which align with the residential programme you apply to, e.g., science A Level if you apply for a Biosciences residential, or else Arts and Humanities A Levels if you apply to a Humanities residential.

Students’ Experiences

This summer, we welcome students from all across the country to Cambridge on to our residentials, giving them the chance to live in College, and allowing them experience what life as a Cambridge student is really like.  The Biosciences programme featured high quality teaching input from Cambridge lecturers, allowing students to explore academic thinking beyond the limits of the secondary school curriculum and to appreciate how teaching and learning in the University environment is different from school.

Students were able to make use of University labs, experience Cambridge supervisions, and tackle innovative science-themed puzzles designed by Homerton Admissions Tutor Dr Paul Elliott. Everyone involved was impressed with the aptitude and dedication of the students, all of whom seemed to make the most of the experience.

“The residential programme has helped me think about science like a Cambridge student.” Helena from Cheadle Hume Sixth Form in Stockport.

Although our programmes are not always identical from year to year, Trinity aims to provide a range of opportunities such as these for talented school students who want to experience life at Cambridge, explore academic subjects in more depth, and learn about the Cambridge applications process.

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