Cambridge 21+ is an outreach programme for prospective students with Home fee status, who will be 21 or over when they begin their first degree. It is run by Cambridge’s three Mature Colleges: St Edmund’s, Wolfson, and Hughes Hall.

Going to university as a mature student can be a daunting prospect, so our annual Cambridge 21+ programme is here to support you and give you a taste of life as a Cambridge student.

If you are considering applying to Cambridge and want more information on the mature student experience here, individual advice from our Admissions staff, support with study skills, careers advice and to meet other prospective mature students, apply to join the programme today!

In 2022 the programme will be run in two parts:

Virtual programme, 20-22 April 2022

he virtual programme will be held via evening Zoom sessions. Where possible sessions will be recorded and available to view afterwards.

Wednesday 20 April

5.30-6.15pm: University explained

In this session we will look at the different teaching styles you will experience at university as well as how you might go about choosing what and where to study.

6.30 – 7.15pm:

What value you get from a degree:  Why study a degree? Why study an academic course?

This session will explore transferrable skills and the employment opportunities that studying academic courses at Cambridge may open up.

Thursday 21 April

5.30-6.15pm: Applying to University

In this session we will cover the process of applying, including UCAS applications, the application timeline (and how this can differ for different courses and universities), and what an admissions team is looking for when they read an application.

6.30-7.15pm: Oxbridge Explained

Learn about how a collegiate university can benefit you as a mature student. Discover the teaching methods used at Oxbridge and what support, both pastoral and financial, is available to you at Cambridge.

Friday 22 April

5.30-6.15pm: Making a Competitive Application

This session covers the grades and entry requirements and discusses the wide range of experiences successful mature applicants may have prior to university. We will also offer tips for personal statement writing when you have a varied or disrupted academic career and cover how to choose who to write a reference.

Residential programme, 7-9 July 2022

The programme is subject to change depending on the needs of the participants, sessions will include

  • Tours of all three mature colleges; Wolfson, St Edmund’s and Hughes Hall.
  • Time to attend departmental and university organised open day events as part of the Undergraduate Open Day
  • Individual personal statement and application advice
  • Panel events with recent alumni and current students
  • Study skills for the transition to university
  • Cambridge with a family – discussion with current students (if required)
  • Social events

The residential programme provides fully funded accommodation and food for two nights in one of the mature colleges. Support with travel costs will also be available for those who meet certain criteria.

Who is eliglible for Cambridge 21+?

Cambridge 21+ is open to students who meet the following criteria:

  • Will be applying for their first degree or considering Cambridge’s Foundation Year in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Unfortunately we are not able to accept students applying for a second degree.
  • Qualify for Home fee status
  • Will be aged 21 or over on 1 October 2023
  • Applying for entry in October 2023 (or deferred entry in 2024)

Please note that places for the residential element are limited and those undertaking the first stage of the programme are not guaranteed a place. Selection for the residential programme will be undertaken separately in May/June.

Apply now! 

The deadline for applications for the online element of the programme is 19 April 2022.

If you have questions about this programme, please contact the Admissions Tutor, Dr Martin Thompson.