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Caius Explore

Welcome to Caius Explore!

The deadline for submissions has now passed, but you can still view 2021's Caius Explore resources below.

Whilst you wait for Caius Explore 2022, have a look at our video about the scheme and hear from some of 2021's participants:


Last year's Caius Explore (2021)

In the below video our Tutor for Admissions and Outreach, Dr Chris Scott, introduces this new outreach programme aimed at helping students develop their super-curricular interests. Scroll down for more information, and the subject tasks!

Below you will find a selection of tasks and questions across twelve different subjects. They are aimed at helping you to develop your academic interests beyond your school curriculum. Not only is developing your academic interests one of the best things you can be doing to make yourself as competitive as possible as an applicant to Cambridge, but we also think it's a very good thing to do for its own sake!

That is the spirit in which all of these explorations have been set: we hope that they will be genuinely engaging, that they will encourage and help you to explore your academic interests, and most of all that they will be enjoyable.

We would love to see what you come up with in response to one of the below tasks, if you would like to send it to us! If so, you can do that here, by 31st July 2021. We will pick our favourites and invite their authors to come to Caius to meet our Directors of Studies, students, have a tour, and more. There will also be other prizes which we hope will help you to continue your academic exploration journey.

Please note that we will only consider submissions from students currently studying at UK state schools or colleges. The explorations have been designed for students in year 12 (or equivalent), but you are welcome to take part if you are in a younger year and we are happy to consider any such submissions. Collaborative submissions will also be considered in groups of no more than four.

If you have any questions about the scheme or about specific explorations, please feel free to email

Good luck and enjoy exploring!

The subjects

Below is a list of the explorations running this year. Click on the links to open a pdf document which will set you your task. Short descriptions of each exploration are provided below each link.


Anglo Saxon, Norse and Celtic

A task which asks you to think about the relationship between the past and present in early British literature. No prior familiarity with any early British texts is expected!



Why do the things of the world matter and what do they tell us?



Can you produce an investigative news report on the 'Decolonising Higher Education' movement?



How should the UK go about increasing the energy efficiency of its homes?



Think about a particular word, thing, object or image from history, and write about it!


Human, Social and Political Sciences

Are you ready for fieldwork? Study the social life of your family/friends in this exploration.



You are a young officer working for the Criminal Prosecution Service in 2024, and your task is to work out what laws have been broken after a series of incidents...



Can you invent your own language, and then translate a short passage into it?


Medicine and Biological Natural Sciences

1 in 3 people in the UK die from cardiovascular disease. Do you think this statistic will increase or decrease in the next 50 years?


Physical Natural Sciences

How will quantum technology have changed our world by 2100?


Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion

Explore ideas about gods, religions, and meaning through three great thinkers.