Guide to Cambridge College (1)

Welcome to our Cambridge College guide where you can learn more about the history, location and everything you would need to know about living and studying in Cambridge this summer.

With its celebrated history and culture, few places can capture your imagination as much as the city of Cambridge. As well as being home to Cambridge University, the city is also world-renowned for being home to some of the most exciting and innovative tech start-ups. This blend of tradition and innovation makes it one of the most exciting places to study.

The City of Cambridge

The city of Cambridge itself is located on the River Cam about 50 miles from London, and has an estimated population of 129,000, including 25,000 students. This makes it the second-largest city in Cambridgeshire and the 54th largest city in the U.K. overall.

The River Cam winds through the centre of the city and is best explored by punting, where you can get off and explore Cambridge’s shops, parks and museums.

London Stansted is south of the city and is roughly an hour away and Cambridge is well connected by train to the capital.

Of all of the university towns throughout England, Cambridge is the one which has that quintessential University town feel and there’s plenty close by for students to explore in their free time.

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Places to explore  

During their free time students will be spoilt for choice for places to explore. Whether students are eager to broaden their cultural horizons with museums and galleries, are looking to take in the city’s unique atmosphere over a coffee, or are simply excited by shopping and souvenirs. Cambridge has something for all.

  • Cambridge University – Although Cambridge College does not take place at the university itself nor is part of it, you certainly shouldn’t miss King’s College, which is famed for its choir and towering Gothic chapel, as well as Trinity, founded by Henry VIII, and St John’s, with its 16th-century Great Gate. On foot, King’s College and the delightful Clare Bridge are about half an hour walk from the student accommodation.
  • Cambridge Science Museum – Our scientists, engineers and medics will love the interactive exhibitions, workshops and shows celebrating science and technology just ten minutes round the corner from their accommodation.
  • Parker’s Piece – Cambridge’s most famous green space, perfect for throwing a frisbee, chilling with new friends, and if it rains there’s a Starbucks opposite. With its 25 grassy acres of pathways and pitches, legend has it that Parker’s Piece is reputed to be the birthplace of the rules of football.
  • Cambridge University Botanic Garden – What better place for our Natural Scientists? Or for anyone with a love of nature. A treasure trove of over 8,000 plant species is a short 10 minute walk away from Tripos Court.
  • The Fitzwilliam Museum – See everything from Egyptian coffins to Impressionist masterpieces. Home to over half a million objects, the Fitzwilliam has an amazing variety of beautiful artefacts and art from all around the globe.
  • Market Square coffee & cake – In the city centre students can enjoy Market Square where stalls have been trading at this historic market since the middle ages.
  • Relevant Record Cafe – For those with an ear for great music, there’s a fantastic independent record shop and cafe close by.
  • The Centre for Computing History – On the same side of the city students will love the computer and video game museum with a collection of vintage computers and retro game consoles.
  • Rose Crescent – For students looking to fill their suitcases with stylish clothes they will have a great time checking out this 19th Century street full of unique shops.
  • Grand Arcade – At the heart of Cambridge, the Grand Arcade is an award-winning shopping mall spread over two stories and houses a John Lewis department and Apple store.
  • Sarah Key, The Haunted Bookshop – There are no end of great bookshops to choose from in Cambridge, but are they all haunted? If you’re a fan of the supernatural why not take a visit and discover for yourself if the bookshop is truly haunted!


Sancton Wood

On the edge of the city centre you will find Sancton Wood School which is where the academic programme for Cambridge College takes place. Ranked 7th in The Sunday Times for GCSE Results, Sancton Wood School made it as a finalist for Co-educational Independent School of the Year 2021. Sancton Wood School is a mixed independent day school for children aged 1 to 16. The school has long been a proud part of Cambridge’s community and was founded as an independent primary school in 1976 and opened a senior school department in 1979. The school is located a few streets down from Parker’s Piece.

Sancton Wood Alumni

Among its alumni at Sancton Wood, the school can be enormously proud of rising star Alice Hewkin, who has in recent years starred in hit Netflix series Sex Education, The Crown and Emily in Paris. Alice did the final year of her GCSEs at the school.

Cambridge College Courses


In our Medicine course, students will develop practical skills, medical knowledge and English language ability as they start their journey to becoming a doctor, or work in the health industry. Additionally, students will receive practical advice on studying Medicine at university, as well as taking part in full First Aid training during the course. Beyond medical theory and practice, we look at the role of Medicine in a wider, ethical context to develop students’ critical thinking skills and understanding of important issues in public health.

Natural Sciences

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Natural Sciences is the perfect course for any student with a passion for understanding how the universe works. During the course, students will focus on three core science subjects: chemistry, physics and biology. These subjects are studied with the objective of better understanding the laws of the physical world around us, giving students the flexibility to broaden their understanding of science in general. The course includes a dynamic week-long science project in which you will put your learning into action in a collaborative effort to solve global 21st century scientific issues. You will also rub shoulders with experts in the sciences field and visit live, working labs as part of our Industry Experience programme.


Future Engineers

Engineering is at the intersection of innovation, design and construction. Utilising both science and mathematics, Engineering is the art of applying scientific and mathematical principles to solve real-world problems, such as in the construction of bridges, buildings, electronic circuits and mechanical design. It is also used to address critical issues in today’s global climate such as water and air pollution, and other such areas in the promotion of healthy ecosystems. Our Engineering summer school course is designed for students who wish to develop their understanding of thermodynamics, mechanical engineering, fluid dynamics, aerodynamics and electromagnetism through university-style seminars, lectures and workshops.


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Our Business and Leadership course will prepare you for university business courses and a future job in business. You will improve your practical business abilities as well as your soft skills while learning about the newest business trends and practices. Budgeting and finance, marketing, sustainability and growth, as well as the communication skills required for business success are all covered.

The course includes a dynamic mix of session types, including seminars and lectures, as well as coaching sessions to help you prepare for your university application.

You’ll take part in an entrepreneurial Design Sprint to put everything you’ve learned into practice by starting your own business or inventing a new product. Authentic Industry Experience, meeting specialists in the field of business, and visiting genuine workplaces are also a benefit of this course.

Budgeting and finance, marketing, sustainability and growth, as well as the development of communication skills vital for corporate success are all topics covered in during the Business course.


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At Cambridge College this summer you can gain valuable academic experience by comprehending fundamental concepts at the heart of Psychology.

With our exciting Time to Shine projects you’ll also get the chance to develop your skills in critical thinking, efficient research, and presenting, making SBC the perfect preparation for university and beyond.

By studying with classmates from all around the globe in one of the most renowned university cities in the world, you will leave Cambridge College with inspiring memories to look back on as you progress in the field of psychology.


Architecture Cambridge College

Interested in building an exciting future as an architect?

Our two-week programme is designed for students looking for an engaging introduction to the study of Architecture, which will help lay the foundations for an exciting future career in the industry. Develop your understanding of architecture as a collaborative practice by taking part in our Time to Shine group projects. Here you’ll utilise the subject knowledge studied on the course whilst working closely with your classmates to deliver thought-provoking presentations of your own. From being inspired by the architecture of the past to designing blueprints of the future, our Cambridge College Architecture course is designed to help best prepare you for the challenges ahead.

Accommodation and school

Students will reside in a purpose-built student accommodation building called Tripos Court.

Tripos Court

Tripos Court

At Tripos Court students will be able to unwind in their cosy en suite single rooms, whilst enjoying all of the modern comforts of everyday student living. Tripos Court is under a mile away on foot from Sancton Wood School, and has walking distance access to the local shops and town centre.


Tripos Court comes with communal social and study areas, on-site laundry, communal kitchenettes, in-room safes, and WiFi.

Cherry Hinton

At Cherry Hinton, students have the option to socialise in the on-site common room or relax in their comfortable single en-suite bedrooms, at a site which serves all year round as an International School.

Sample Excursions

Each year our excursions may vary as we continually look at providing the most exciting and educational excursion programme for our students, but in previous years students get to enjoy visits to:


In Oxford, we’ll visit some of the city’s most famous colleges as well as the unmissable Radcliffe Camera and The Bridge of Sighs, and a trip to Oxford cannot go without punting on the River Thames. So by the end of your visit you will be able to be a good judge on whether you prefer Oxford or Cambridge.


In London, students will have the opportunity to explore some of the capital’s most famous landmarks including: The Knightsbridge Museums (Science, Natural History, V&A), Covent Garden for shopping, Greenwich – National Maritime Museum, Meridian Line, Cutty Sark, Greenwich park, views over London, AThames boat trip as well as some free time for shopping in Covent Garden.


We hope our guide to SBC at Cambridge College has got you as excited about the coming summer as we are, and we hope you have a much clearer picture of all the fantastic opportunities on the horizon in this truly unique and historical university city.

If there are any questions or queries in which you would like more information on then our dedicated admissions team are always on hand to answer any of your queries and are here to help you every step of the way.

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