Year 10 Challenge Days
Applications are now open for the 2014 Year 10 Challenge Days run through Cambridge Admissions Office (CAO). These are free events that take place on a single day in Cambridge and are provided for maintained sector schools and colleges.
What are they?
Challenge Days are large-scale events where students participate in a number of taster lecture sessions, designed to offer a taste of higher education. The days involve introductory sessions on higher education and Cambridge, lunch in one of the Cambridge Colleges, one or two subject taster lectures and an inter-school debating challenge.
They give participants the opportunity to explore subjects that they may not previously have experienced, and offer a chance to meet current undergraduate students.
The days run on selected dates in January and February between 10.30am to 3.30pm. Around 90 students will attend each event, with a maximum of ten from any one school or college.
Year 10 Challenge Days
Monday 20th January
|Challenge Days for Year 10 students
Challenge Days are large-scale events where academically able students participate in a variety of lecture sessions designed to offer a taste of higher education. Participants attend sample lecture-style sessions on thought-provoking topics and have the opportunity to meet current undergraduates. The day includes lunch at a Cambridge college.
The Challenge Days are designed for students who are academically at the top of their cohort. This means that we expect all participants to be on course for a minimum of five A/A* grades in their GCSEs. Please note that the event will involve a high level of academic challenge, and sessions will be both lecture style and interactive.
We are able to take applications for school groups up to a maximum size of ten students. Applications must be submitted by a staff member at the individual school, and all groups must be accompanied on the day. We are unable to take individual applications for this event.
Now - 2 December:
Schools should email email@example.com and provide:
- school name
- a list of up to three dates in preference order
- the name and email address of the school contact
- the estimated number of students (up to a maximum of ten) they hope to bring, bearing in mind the academic eligibility criteria listed above.
All Challenge Day applications received by 2 December will be ranked, with priority given as follows:
- schools with below national average A*-C GCSE rate (including English and Maths) and above national average Free School Meals eligibility (FSM)
- schools with below average A*-C GCSE rate but below average FSM
- schools with above average A*-C GCSE rate but above average FSM.
Within these categories, priority will be given to schools who have the lowest GCSE A*-C pass rate and highest proportion of students in receipt of free school meals.
10 December: Schools will be informed of the result of their application by email. Schools that have been successful in their application will be allocated a date at this stage. No applications will be considered until the close of the deadline on 2 December and, as such, it will not be possible for us to confirm the allocated date until this stage.
10 December - 16 January: Schools will be required to provide the names and dates of birth of their student attendees on a secure online form. Any schools not having completed the form by this date will lose the offer of a place.