From 2021, Caius will join Christ's and King's Colleges in offering a late summer Bridging Course to a small number of offer-holders whom the admissions process has identified as likely to benefit from some extra support in their transition from school/college to Cambridge.
During the course, the selected students will participate in a range of both academic and social sessions to help familiarise themselves with the city, their colleges and being a student at Cambridge. It's a fantastic chance for the participants to find their feet ahead of October as well as getting to meet other students from across Cambridge in a variety of subjects. Academic sessions will incorporate both more general sessions and those specific to the subject area, with the aim of refining study skills, whilst a variety of social activities will allow students to meet other incoming first years and some current undergraduates. Every participant in the programme will also have a current undergraduate from their own college to support them in the transition to Cambridge.
'I was able to get the opportunity to look round my college, where I will be living for the next 3 years, and the surrounding area and meet a range of nice people so I will have some familiar faces when I start.' - Bridging Course participant 2020
When does the Bridging Course take place?
The Bridging Course dates for 2021 will be confirmed once there is a firm timeline for A-level results release but are likely to take place during the period 28 August-18 September 2021. We are planning for this to include one week in person in Cambridge, followed by approximately one week of further sessions online. Participating students are expected to attend for the full duration of the course, both in person and online.
Is there a cost?
No. The Bridging Course is entirely free and will include accommodation and meals for the duration of the stay, plus financial assistance with travel and other costs. Students will stay in accommodation at their own college.
How do I know if I am on the Bridging Course?
If you are to attend the course, this will be in your offer letter.
Can I fail the Bridging Course?
No! Although participating students will be set some work during the course, and be expected to attend academic sessions, the purpose of this is to help them get to grips with the teaching style and pace of Cambridge, rather than assessing them.