Cambridge College Summer School
Ages 15 -17
The Cambridge College Summer School is hosted by Sancton Wood School and gives students the opportunity to live and study in the renowned university city of Cambridge.
Our pre-university experience is designed to inspire students by combining academic studies with professional experiences; developing key knowledge and 21st-century skills that will benefit future studies and career prospects.
At Cambridge College Summer School, students will gain proficiency in their core subject through a series of engaging and challenging academic seminars, lectures and workshops. They’ll also take part in the industry experience programme that will prove invaluable to their further education and beyond. Building relationships and making connections that’ll support future career prospects.
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, founded in 1209 AD, 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 in the world to study.
Discover more about what a typical two-week course at Cambridge Summer School looks like for our students. Please note our sample timetable are given as an example and can be subject to change.
Students will love taking in the rich atmosphere of Cambridge, with the historic city centre only a short 15-minute walk away. This places students within easy reach of such breathtaking views as King’s College Chapel, with its intricate Gothic architecture, and punting along the river Cam.
Students also have access to Parker’s Piece, which is one of the largest and best-kept green spaces for sports and activities in the city, and according to local legend, the actual birthplace of football.
Sancton Wood is near Cambridge University Botanic Garden, with other landmarks such as The Corpus Clock The University Museum of Zoology and Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences within walking distance too.
SBC goes above and beyond the curriculum through experiential learning. Our students are challenged to use and demonstrate new abilities in a nurturing and encouraging environment. Students have the opportunity to develop 21st-century skills throughout the programmes, with opportunities to develop critical thinking, leadership, communication and teamwork.
Students are actively encouraged to take the initiative, think critically and to cooperate with others to solve problems, simulating what we do every day in a work environment. This is done under the direction of our inspirational teachers.
Additionally, Cambridge students take part in our Industry Experience programme. These sessions are both on-site, in which you will participate in on-campus workshops led by an industry professional and blend practical engagement with immersive learning, and off-site, in which students engage in excursions that complement and broaden our student’s horizons.
We place the student experience at the heart of everything we do; having caring, inspirational tutors with vast subject knowledge and world experience is paramount. We purposefully work with tutors who are not only experts in their subject, but who are highly skilled in bringing the very best out of young people. Teaching is both an art and a science. We go above and beyond to find approachable professionals, with compassion and flair, and whose values align with our own; ensuring a lasting impact that will live long after our students’ final class with us.
Industry Experience is another highlight of our academic programme, where students take part in a series of workshops and lectures led by industry professionals in their respective fields. The Industry Experience element of our courses provides an insight into the professional dimension of working in their chosen field of study, so that students can make informed decisions as to whether their future career choices are best for them. Everything about SBC’s Industry Experience is designed to have a meaningful impact on the shape of your future and extend the experience beyond the classroom.
At the end of each week our students come together to take part in a group presentation ceremony in front of their peers, which we call Time to Shine. These projects are a highlight of the week’s work and give students an opportunity to showcase their learning and development, providing them with the chance to gain valuable experience in practising their collaboration and presentation skills in front of a larger audience.
At Cambridge College Summer School, our student experience goes beyond the classroom, with a social programme led by a dynamic and imaginative team of College Mentors. We are confident that our activities and excursions will help form strong personal bonds, build confidence and shape memories that will last a lifetime.
Every evening our enthusiastic College Mentors lead well-being activities and events aimed at creating a socially inclusive collegiate atmosphere. Our vibrant social programme gives students every chance to make new friends besides their classmates; thus improving our students’ communication and teamwork skills, and forging a closely-knit campus community.
Alongside a wide range of traditional team sports, students can choose from a range of other well-being and fun activities such as yoga, art, poetry and creative sessions.
To encourage students to develop their growing independence they are provided with free time (with parental consent) in small groups in which to explore their new surroundings; to make the cobbled streets of Cambridge their own. The city has much to explore, from punting, where they will gently glide past Cambridge’s most famous colleges, Darwin, Kings and Christchurch, to exploring many of the city’s museums.
The end of our student’s adventure with SBC, the programme is concluded with a memorable graduation evening, a time to celebrate all of the achievements over the 2 week programme.
During a two-week course, students will go on two excursions, including an action-packed iconic trip to London, where there will be a variety of activities to suit all interests including a sightseeing walking tour, the British Museum and the National Gallery.
London has much to offer and each year we review and innovate our excursion programmes to offer new and alternative experiences of the capital city. Previous itineraries have included Kew Gardens, London sightseeing and the museums of Knightsbridge and Greenwich. Every London itinerary includes free time to explore and browse the shops of some of Britain’s most famous brands.
This will be followed by a fun and relaxed excursion around Cambridge. Here students will be able to take the day to explore their home city of Cambridge in more detail, with a range of activities designed around discovery and recovery from an intense academic week.
We’re proud to celebrate our students’ achievements in style with a formal graduation ceremony. At the end of each two-week course the graduation ceremony offers moments of reflection and an opportunity to recognise achievements, both personal and academic, alongside new friends.
A graduation certificate will be presented to students during the special ceremony. We’ll also provide a report outlining all accomplishments while studying with us, along with helpful tips to guide learners in the right direction towards future success. Graduation is often the highlight of many students’ experience. It offers the chance to dress up, have fun and celebrate the amazing friendships that have been formed during their stay.
If I had to describe my experience with SBC, I would immediately say fantastic. I was able to learn a lot of things about a field that I would not learn in school (because I take medicine) and I was able to learn a lot of new cultures and I was able to make friends with a lot of people from different countries that make me a richer person both intellectually and as myself.
The safety and wellbeing of students is our number one priority. We have a comprehensive Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and procedures in place to which all employees, volunteers, visitors, and contractors are obligated to adhere to. Students are accommodated in secure and comfortable accommodations during their stay. Cambridge is consistently ranked as one of the safest cities within the United Kingdom and provides a perfect backdrop to a safe and comfortable college experience.
Each of our college sites is composed of dedicated and experienced College Mentors and Social Welfare Managers to ensure that students have the best possible experience during their college journey. All staff are given extensive training to create an environment where all students feel safe, secure, valued, and respected whilst studying with SBC. These friendly and caring staff are always available to provide high-quality pastoral support and remain on call 24 hours per day.
During excursions and local visits, all students with parental consent are allowed free time for up to 2 hours. Students must stay in groups of at least 3, during free-time. Staff will make students aware of the designated meeting place and time, with a designated member of staff who will be given a fixed location so that in the event of needing support, they know where to go.
Students with parental consent Can also sign out of the site campus during designated free-time for up to 2 hours and move freely between their accommodation and Santon Wood School.
All students will be given an SBC Gold Card which they must carry with them when offsite. Gold Cards have details of the emergency number to call in the event of a student becoming separated from their group.
Our students’ voice is paramount to the college experience and as such we empower our students to shape their own experiences by championing that voice. SBC is committed in our response to student feedback and welcome to student-led initiatives which help us to continue to provide excellent service.
At Cambridge College Summer School students will be allocated to one of our six accommodation blocks, these are all purpose-built with modern facilities. They are located a short walk from the train station and the school and bedrooms are either single or twin rooms. During free-time students have the option of socialising in the on-site common rooms or spending time in Cambridge city centre.
|Start Date||End Date||Duration||Price|
|Sunday 7th July 2024||Saturday 20th July 2024||2 Weeks||£4,900|
|Sunday 7th July 2024||Saturday 3rd August 2024||4 Weeks||£9,800|
|Sunday 21st July 2024||Saturday 3rd August 2024||2 Weeks||£4,900|
|Sunday 21st July 2024||Saturday 17th August 2024||4 Weeks||£9,800|
|Sunday 4th August 2024||Saturday 17th August 2024||2 Weeks||£4,900|
Cambridge College Summer School includes:
Also available at a supplementary cost are Airport Transfers.
The programme takes place at our own Dukes Education facilities including Sancton Wood School, Cardiff Sixth Form College Cambridge and St. Andrews College Cambridge.
Students will be able to enjoy living and studying in close proximity to many of Cambridge University’s campuses and will have the opportunity to visit the university during their course.
The academic programme takes place at nearby Sancton Wood School, ranked as one of the UK’s Top 10 Independent Schools (Sunday Times, 2022). The recently developed school boasts an impressive campus which offers students the space for a stimulating learning environment with specialist facilities for science, art and drama. This family-orientated environment creates a homely feel which offers a calm and engaging place to learn. Students may also visit and learn at other Dukes Education facilities such as Cardiff Sixth Form College Cambridge and St. Andrews College Cambridge.
During their time at Cambridge College Summer School students will be staying at one of six purpose-built student accommodation blocks, where students will be able to unwind in their cosy single rooms, whilst enjoying all of the modern comforts of everyday student living. Tripos Court comes with communal social and study areas, on site laundry, communal kitchenettes, and is under a mile away on foot from Sancton Wood School, and within walking distance from the local shops and town centre.
Click on the “Make an Enquiry” option in the top right corner of our home page and complete the “Make an Enquiry” form to submit your reservation for Cambridge College Summer School.
Then, to confirm any final information, your dedicated Admissions Manager will get in touch with you via your preferred method of communication. Before paying a deposit, this will be the ideal time to ask any queries you may have. You will receive a booking confirmation email after your information is verified, which serves as an official confirmation of your child’s spot.
The fee covers all lodging, meals*, lessons, academic supplies, sports activities, social events, all regular excursions, including entry costs, Wi-Fi, graduation certificates, academic progress reports, and travel insurance. *We will try to accommodate any dietary needs, such as vegetarian, vegan, halal, etc.
Airport transfers from/to London Heathrow Airport on Start/End Dates are available at an extra cost.
The quickest and easiest way to find out whether you need a Visa is to check via this link here.
EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can travel to the UK for holidays or short trips without needing a visa. This applies now, after Brexit.
For those that do require a Visa, the application that you will need to apply for is the Standard Visitor Visa.
It is important to note that, depending on the country, applications can take around 20 working days (or 3-4 weeks) to process. You are advised to begin the application process as early as possible. Once the Visa is obtained, we will need to receive a scanned copy of the student’s passport and the Visa by e-mail. SBC International reserve the right to cancel a booking, if a copy of the Visa has not been received 4 weeks before the course arrival date.
If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact your local embassy who should be able to offer you the correct support and guidance.
Yes, if you would like to make any amendments to your booking then you can do so by contacting your Admissions Manager. All amendments requested are subject to availability.
At the end of the program all students receive a certificate of attendance from their College Principal at their graduation ceremony.
Intermediate (B1+) or higher English language proficiency is necessary for admission to Cambridge College.
We provide students with an online test to complete prior to arriving at Cambridge College Summer School. The outcomes will be used to validate their suitability for the programme. If a student doesn’t score at the required level on the test, we’ll hold an academic consultation to determine the best course of action.
As safeguarding and welfare is our number one priority, we always ensure that our staff-to-student ratio remains high throughout the summer. We have a manager at each campus who is responsible for the student’s welfare, safety, and pastoral needs.
Additionally, we have a team of College Mentors who are in charge of the day-to-day care of the students; who can be contacted if students require any assistance. All employees receive Safeguarding training before the summer, and each site has designated first aiders. This ensures that students receive the absolute best care possible.
Our team of welcoming and helpful employees is on hand to assist students every day, 24/7.
To begin the summer of a lifetime simply fill out our enquiry form below and one of our expert admissions team will be in touch.