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Applicant Information


The Department of Engineering runs two annual summer schools designed to give prospective Engineering undergraduates an insight into the discipline and a taste of what it is like studying it at Cambridge. 

One summer school is part of the national Headstart programme; the second is part of the University of Cambridge/Sutton Trust Summer School programme. Both are for students in Year 12. 

The Department of Engineering also contributes to many of the other summer schools organised by the Cambridge Admissions Office. 


Headstart is a well-established national summer school programme organised by the Engineering Development Trust the aim of which is to encourage students to consider careers in technology-based industries. It provides an opportunity for those interested in mathematics and/or science subjects to spend up to a week at university, prior to making their UCAS application.

Participants from across the UK are in Year 12/Scottish 5 and make more informed choices about their degree course and future career as a result of attending. Treated as undergraduates while on campus, they meet senior staff and academics, recent graduates and prospective employers. Headstart is an 'Access Organisation' as defined by the 'Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme': this entitles DoE participants to claim credit for Headstart residential courses of four nights or more. 

Parents, teachers and careers advisers can learn more from where students can register online. 

Cambridge University / Sutton Trust Summer Schools 

This programme of subject-focussed summer schools is for students in UK maintained schools and colleges whose families have little or no experience of higher education. For more information see: