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 programme is designed to inspire by combining academic studies with professional experiences; developing key knowledge and skills to benefit your future career prospects.
At Cambridge College Summer School, not only can you discover your career passions through a series of engaging and challenging academic seminars, lectures and workshops, but you also have the added benefit of direct access to industry-leading professionals to develop the skills and attitudes needed beyond the classroom.
With its celebrated history and culture, few places can capture your imagination as much as the city of Cambridge, making it a perfect place to study for the summer. 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.
Our Cambridge College Summer School replicates the style of a city university, with teaching taking place at Sancton Wood School and accommodation a short walk away in purpose-built student accommodation.
The school’s recent £10 million campus investment gives students the space for a stimulating learning environment with specialist lab facilities for science, as well as specialist areas for art and drama.
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.
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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 receive direct industry experience from industry professionals, giving them insight into their chosen future path, with the opportunity to spend time in a real-world professional setting where students can learn through seminars, lectures, and Q&A sessions.
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 leading industry professionals in their respective fields. The Industry Experience element of our courses provides an insight in to 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. Our well-being programme is led by the College Mentors with students at the very heart of it, choosing and shaping the programme’s activities.
To encourage students to develop their growing independence they are provided with free time 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 the student’s adventure with SBC is crowned with a memorable graduation evening, which this year will be held at the historic and beautiful Westminster College.
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 exploring 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.
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.
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.
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.
Students will reside in purpose-built accommodations with modern facilities. They have the option of socialising in the on-site common room or relaxing in comfortable single ensuite bedrooms located a short walk from the train station and the school.
|Start Date||End Date||Duration||Price|
|Sunday 9th July 2023||Saturday 22nd July 2023||2 Weeks||£4,500|
|Sunday 9th July 2023||Saturday 5th August 2023||4 Weeks||£9,000|
|Sunday 23rd July 2023||Saturday 5th August 2023||2 Weeks||£4,500|
|Sunday 23rd July 2023||Saturday 19th August 2023||4 Weeks||£9.000|
|Sunday 6th August 2023||Saturday 19th August 2023||2 Weeks||£4,500|
Cambridge College Summer School includes:
Also available at a supplementary cost are Airport Transfers.
*Earlscliffe fee includes return transfers to/from London Heathrow and London Gatwick for flights/trains scheduled to arrive/depart between 9am-3pm on published arrival and departure day.
For other locations, we provide all our students with the option of using our Shared Transfer Service from/to London Heathrow Airport and St. Pancras International. The fees are:
|SBC at Twyford School||£120.00||£240.00|
|Earlscliffe||Included in fees*||Included in fees*|
When a student arrives, an SBC staff member wearing a bright yellow t-shirt will be waiting to greet her/him and accompany them to our Welcome Club. At our Airport Welcome Club, she/he will have the chance to meet other students arriving, have some light refreshments and relax. After a little rest, students will be accompanied by students and SBC staff to board the coach and be taken directly to the school in a private coach.
The Shared Transfer Service can be used by students using the following flight and train times:
Flight lands on arrival day: 06:00-17:00
Flight take-off time on departure day: 08:00-18:00
The times outlined above also apply to students arriving and departing from Kings Cross St. Pancras train station.
If you book a flight outside of these times or to/from another UK airport, we can look at sending a staff member in a taxi to collect or drop off your child, but it will cost more than the Shared Transfer Service. Quotes are available upon request.
If you book a train or flight outside of these times or from another London airport, please contact your Admissions Manager for a private taxi quote. Please note this will cost more than our Shared Transfer Service from Heathrow, Kings Cross St. Pancras (& Gatwick for Earlscliffe students)
Flights must be booked on the arrival and departure dates so that all students can arrive and depart the course at the correct times.
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 purpose-built student accommodation called Tripos Court, where students will be able to unwind in their cosy ensuite 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.
Students will also be staying at Cherry Hinton, which is a student halls of residence a short distance from Tripos Court.
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.
A booking confirmation with an invoice and a flywire payment link is sent by your admissions manager.
The fee covers all lodging, meals*, lessons, academic supplies, sports activities, social events, all regular excursions, including entry costs, Wi-Fi, weekly laundry services, 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.
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 finish before the summer. 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 number 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 Child 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.