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Pre-University Summer Programme, Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 5 days
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 The virtual Pre-University Summer Programme at University of Cambridge runs for one week and content will remain available to access on the VLE for 2 weeks after the programme has finished.
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All content of the Pre-University Summer Programme at University of Cambridge will be accessible through a secure Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which is restricted to students on the programme only and monitored by our team on a regular basis.

Content will normally amount to c.2hrs per day across the week, comprising of pre-recorded material delivered by a range of University of Cambridge academics and invited subject specialists. There will also be the opportunity for you to engage in written form with other course participants and discuss content via the Student Forum. You may also need to complete reading or other preparation suggested in advance of the course.

Some content may also have elements of optional live discussions via Zoom.

We therefore suggest that you set aside approximately 2-3 hours of study per day to complete each day’s content and activities. However, this does not need to be done in one sitting, and you have the flexibility to access content when and where you want, and to go back and review it as often as you wish. 

A Certificate of Participation for the course(s) will be sent electronically, upon request via email, after the end of the Summer Festival. Details will be provided on the VLE.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 5 days
    • Duration description

      20 Jul  to 24 Jul 

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure


  • The teenage brain
  • The impacts of COVID on climate change and air pollution in Cambridge: a case study
  • Plastic planet
  • Nanobiotechnology in health and environment
  • Machiavelli and the virus
  • Animal Rights Law
  • Philosophy

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • To ensure that all participants on our Virtual Summer Festival of Learning are able to enjoy studying with us, you will need to be confident understanding and following arguments presented in written and spoken English at University level. You will need to satisfy yourself that you have an appropriate level of English language proficiency.
To ensure that all participants meet this age criteria, when applying you will need to:
  • upload a copy of your passport or ID card which confirms your date of birth and a recent picture of yourself
  • confirm that your parent/guardian is aware and consents to your participation in the online Pre-University Programme.
  • We are unable to accept students under the age of 16 at the time of the programme.

Technological Requirements

You will need to have access to:

  • the internet via a computer or smart device
  • a webcam and microphone for any interactive sessions which may be available
  • speakers or headphones in order to hear pre-recorded material provided by the Course Director

Tuition Fee

  • International

    99 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 99 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 5 days.
  • EU/EEA

    99 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 99 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 5 days.
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