Cambridge University Tuition and Admissions

The historic and prestigious Cambridge University is considered to be one of the best in the world. So it is no wonder that admissions into the university are tough. In this guide we shall look at what you can expect from the admission procedure and tuition methods at Cambridge University.

Admission into Cambridge University

Cambridge University is one of the world’s leading universities. It regularly appears within the top five universities in the world in polls – including second place just behind Harvard in 2009. Cambridge University is best regarded for its science and mathematics courses, however it still ranks very highly for its many other subject areas.

Admission into Cambridge University is notoriously difficult. Only the best students from around the UK and the rest of the world are granted a place at the university.

Unlike most other universities in the UK, Cambridge University has additional requirements, including face-to-face interviews for most courses. The interview part of the admission procedure is one of the most important parts and it is the university’s way of determining which students are the most outstanding. You will be expected to receive straight A’s in your A-Levels (or overseas equivalent).

Receiving top grades by no means grants you entry into the university. Numerous students achieve top grades, however only a small proportion will be offered a place at Cambridge University. Approximately 63 percent of applicants (all of which applied with straight A’s) were rejected during the 2006 admissions procedure.

If you are unsuccessful at the college interview you may be placed into the Winter Pool, which gives strong students another chance of being accepted into a different college. Even if you are accepted into the university – it may not always be for the subject of your choice.

Cambridge University colleges look for students who are very well-rounded; meaning not just able to achieve top grades. Being able to show that you have juggled your school life with other things such as volunteer work, work experience and hobbies is a very important part of your application.

Study Areas at Cambridge University

When Cambridge University first opened its doors it only offered a handful of courses. These days however, there are over 150 different study areas across 31 colleges.

The subject areas at Cambridge University are broadly put into six different groups: arts and humanities; biological sciences; clinical medicine; humanities and social science; physical sciences and technology.

There are plenty of different courses to choose from such as classical music, earth sciences, computer technology and drama studies – amongst many others.

You can study at a range of different academic levels at Cambridge University including undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral as well as other more specific courses such as MBA’s and teaching courses.

Tuition Methods at Cambridge University

The teaching method at Cambridge University differs from many other British universities. The main teaching method at the colleges is called supervision. Each week there is a one hour long session where a group of students (generally no more than three) meet up either with a doctoral student or a member of the university teaching staff. Prior to each session each student is usually expected to have prepared an essay or assignment as specified. During the session they discuss this essay with their tutor who will look at and discuss any problems they encountered as well as any concerns they had about the week’s lectures. There are generally between one and four supervision sessions per week, depending on the subject.

Study at Cambridge University is very time-consuming and at times incredibly hard. Students at the university are not allowed to take part in any paid work during their time there as there simply isn’t enough time to study and work.

Academic Year at Cambridge University

The academic year at Cambridge University is divided into three term – Michaelmas Term, Lent Term and Easter Term. The first term runs from October to December; the second from January to March and the third from April to June. The exact dates change each year depending on the timing of Easter etc.

The actual length of terms is shorter than most other British universities; however they are expected to do a significant amount of work during the holiday periods.

A- Z Colleges

For an extensive overview for all the colleges go to: http://map.cam.ac.uk/colleges

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