Programmes at Cambridge Immerse
Browse the programmes offered at Cambridge Immerse, all designed and taught by tutors who are specialists in their fields, offering unparalleled insights into your chosen subject. We offer programmes for 13-15 year old students, and programmes for 16-18 year old students.
Academic summer programmes for 13-15 year olds
Students are taught an introduction into the fascinating field of Medicine & Biological Sciences, including an introduction into what it’s like to be a doctor, and what it’s like to be a lab researcher on the forefront of research advances. With the field rapidly changing in many exciting ways, this summer programme offers budding young scientists the perfect opportunity to learn more about Medicine, Biology, and related disciplines.
The Cambridge Immerse Law, Politics & International Relations course is perfect for those budding young leaders who have an interest in current affairs by exploring the way the world works at a number of different scales – national and international. As well as introducing students to topics explored at university, the course introduces students to more advanced topics and debates that will not only spur intellectual curiosity, but assist in preparing to study disciplines related to Law, Politics & International Relations in the future.
This course introduces motivated 13-15 year old students firstly with the principle frameworks and theories within Law, International Relations and Politics, and then with case studies that develops students’ analytical skills. Not only does the course provide insights into topics that students have never studied before, but it develops the transferable skills that are necessary for success in any related disciplines.
The Cambridge Immerse Creative Writing & English Literature course is perfect for those budding young writers and artists who already have a passion for writing and literature! The historic university city of Cambridge has an unrivalled reputation as a literary centre – and where better to study than in a university city with a strong tradition of producing some of the world’s finest writers (John Milton, Christopher Marlowe and Oscar Wilde numbering among them)!. If you are serious about tapping into your creativity and improving your writing style, the Cambridge Immerse Creative Writing & English Literature course is for you. With a syllabus designed by expert tutors, each step of the course introduces you to sure-fire techniques to improve your writing style and structure your writing, building skills, inventing narrative, and encouraging avid writers to pick up and refine new ideas in prose and verse.
Academic summer programmes for 16-18 year olds
Architecture has a key role to play in society; it’s about the making of places where people spend their lives. The discipline is concerned not just with the aesthetics of the exterior and interior design of a building, but the environment as a whole. Good design is essential to improving the performance of buildings and our social living environment, and the built environment influences behaviour.
On this course, we’ll introduce you to the key theoretical principles of architecture and provide you with a grounding in the history of architecture in different regions across the world. You will engage with numerous aspects of architecture, including the skills of observation, design, critical thinking and representation, emphasising the expression of ideas in three dimensions – and also discover the leading architects of both the present and past.
At the fundamental level, Biology is concerned with understanding the laws that govern interactions from the molecular level to the level of the cells, individuals and populations, and the Cambridge Immerse course provides an unparalleled experience of these key tenets. The programme is a unique opportunity to explore fascinating topics within Biological Sciences, and to consider recent scientific advances.
In addition, the course encompasses the past and current debates occurring within the discipline, exploring the concepts of the philosophy of science and Darwin’s theory of evolution, which has been the main point of contentious debate between scientists and religious believers. Students study the contributions of leading biologists, including the eminent Professor Dawkins, one of the world’s leading scientists and author of ‘The God Delusion’, amongst others, and learn to debate the current assumptions and assertions within the field.
Chemistry is a diverse science that concerns itself with the properties, structures, transformations and dynamics of all types of materials. The Cambridge Immerse Chemistry course not only provides a solid theoretical understanding of Chemistry, but also teaches students the ways in which the discipline is vital to improving our understanding of the natural world and enhancing human quality of life and the environment. Advances in chemistry are responsible for much of the understanding that underpins much of modern science, contributing directly to our everyday lives, from the food we consume and the medicines we take, to the environment in which we live.
The aim of the Cambridge Immerse Computer Science course is to provide a taster of what it’s like to study Computer Science at university.
The course introduces the key concepts and tools underpinning modern computer science, equipping participants with both theoretical and practical knowledge and the genuine intellectual curiosity required for success in this exciting and rapidly evolving discipline. The schedule includes:
- Exploring the theory of different programming languages, including their respective advantages and disadvantages, in addition to their applied uses.
- Recent developments within software engineering.
- The changing field of artificial intelligence, including the future possibilities in this field.
- The theory of computation.
- Participants will be given the option of exploring concepts from diverse disciplines such as mathematics, engineering and linguistics.
The city of Cambridge has an unrivalled reputation as a literary centre, with a strong tradition of producing some of the world’s finest writers (John Milton, Christopher Marlowe and Oscar Wilde numbering among them). If you are serious about tapping into your creativity and improving your writing style, the Cambridge Immerse writing course is for you. Each step of the course introduces you to sure-fire techniques to modify your style and structure your writing, building skills, inventing narrative, and encouraging avid writers to pick up and refine new ideas in prose and verse. Tutors will offer constructive criticism and guidance on course assignments to ensure that you reap the rewards of studying here at Cambridge Immerse.
The Cambridge Immerse Economics course uses current events to breathe life into the study of economics. As well as learning key theories, models, and frameworks, the programme is complemented by invaluable and fascinating analysis of issues central to the world we live in; focussing particularly on recent and current crises, including the Global Financial Crisis and Eurozone crisis, students will develop, independently, arguments for and against particular economic policies.
The Cambridge Immerse programme reveals insights into a variety of different engineering types.
In Civil Engineering, you’ll be provided both a practical and theoretical insight into the design and construction of structures such as bridges, tall buildings and other structures, dams and reservoirs, power stations, ports, and transport systems. You will also explore the major challenges that future generations need to overcome in areas such as energy, sustainability, water availability and waste management, giving them an insight into Chemical and Environmental Engineering. This will include looking into the components of both the modern-day and future of processing of energy. Finally, a study of Mechanical Engineering allows you to focus on the application of scientific knowledge to solve problems and design machines related to a sustainable society.
The Cambridge Immerse English Literature course combines practical analysis of language and form with a thorough grounding in the historical and cultural context of a variety of key texts. By introducing students to the significant developments in literary theory – from Sidney to Barthes, formalism and Marx – tutors will equip them with the tools to provide their own answers to questions that have been posed throughout the history of English. How do we define literature? How important is the canon? And what do we look for when we analyse literary texts?
The course considers these underlying themes alongside a rigorous introduction to the features of literary language. We aim to provide participants with a strong knowledge of the principle trends of writing in English, and develop their receptivity to technique and style, to enable them to approach texts critically. This course will introduce students to key concepts of literary study and scholarship by examining selected texts through the lens of particular critical approaches. The topics covered by this course will provide a solid foundation for future study of literature at university and give students the tools and knowledge to approach challenging texts with confidence.
History is concerned with studying the political, cultural, social and economic structures of past; it is not about memorising facts or the ability to recite dates. More importantly, it analyses trends and asks, why did events happen in this particular way? Could they have happened differently? The course looks at some of the key issues facing academics today, including the main theoretical challenges of studying history, through the lens of the ‘Late Medieval and Early Modern Princely Courts’.
The Cambridge Immerse International Relations course provides a vital theoretical grounding in contemporary International Relations and Political Science and tackles key questions and debates related to the politics that continually shape our modern world.
International Relations may occasionally sound like an academic and austere topic, but the Cambridge Immerse course places importance in the fact that we already have a role to play: because of our identity, cultural, social and religious, the resources we have grown up with and the place in the world we live. International Relations encompasses everybody. Put simply, it is about war and peace, conflict and cooperation, wealth and poverty, power and change, and understanding patterns of behaviour in different societies across the globe.
The Cambridge Immerse Law course is perfect for those considering Law or Jurisprudence at university level. In addition to providing students with a grounding in the key theoretical and practical tenets of Law, the course focuses upon particular skills that are vital to the study of Law at university, including the ability to form logical and coherent arguments, and the features of effective debate. In addition, the Law programme provides insights into the theoretical frameworks of key fields of law, including criminal law, international law and corporate law, as well as exploring fascinating cases and notable developments within each field.
The ‘Management’ programme focuses on the theory of the growth of businesses: key concepts of financial management and general management are explained in a way which allows students to pinpoint why and how any business can succeed or fail. The use of case studies – similar in style to the ‘Case Study Method’ used at Harvard Business School – introduces students to the method of analysing business decision whilst equipping them with the technical skills required to explore topical issues.
The Cambridge Immerse course is designed to give students an introduction to the undergraduate level Mathematics; in addition to extending the existing mathematical knowledge of participants, the course focuses upon showing how these concepts can applied to other areas.
Core topics explored within the programme include:
- Calculus – This is the study of ‘Differentiation’. This course moves on from the topics covered in the school environment to the advanced differentiation of functions involving many explicit and implicit variables.
- Analysis – This is a theoretical study of Mathematics. By using fundamental axioms, students will grow to understand what a mathematical proof really involves, and the skills required to construct rigorous and knowledgeable arguments.
- Integration – This part of the course focusses upon integration by parts and integration by substitution, and their practical applications.
- Statistics – A course introducing statistical techniques and methods, with lots of real-life examples so students can relate the abstract methods taught to real world environments.
- Mathematical Finance – This topic covers mathematical accounting and financial derivative, demonstrating the applicability of mathematical concepts and techniques to the ‘real’ world.
- The Philosophy of Mathematics – Students are encouraged to explore the major developments in mathematics and the philosophical impact they have had on the topic. This course will allow students to develop an appreciation for how mathematical results often overlap with deep philosophical questions.
Cambridge Immerse introduces students to the world of undergraduate medicine, giving them an unrivalled insight into what to expect if they choose to study medicine at university. Our aim is to help students develop an in-depth understanding of some of the most important aspects of medical science and to familiarise them with the key advances and debates within the discipline. Students can expect to study topics as wide-ranging as medical biology and anatomy to ethics and philosophy.
The Cambridge Immerse Physics course focuses upon providing students with a taste of the topics covered in an undergraduate Physics degree, while encompassing some of the fundamental challenges and questions faced in modern physics. Due to the rapidly changing developments in physics, a lot of what is conventionally taught in schools is out-of-date – and so the Cambridge Immerse programme aims to explore the very latest discoveries in physics and their exciting implications.
The fundamentally practical nature of Physics is also explored through examining real problems; from planetary motion to tracing the trajectory of rockets, tutors help students gain a greater understanding as to why physical objects in the world behave as they do. Physics is responsible for some of the things we think indispensable to modern life such as medical instrumentation such as x-rays and ultrasound to satellite signals to watch television, use mobile phones and the Internet itself.
Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems, everything we understand to be connected with reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason, the mind, and language. The Cambridge Immerse Philosophy programme provides students with a solid grounding in the key tenets of the academic study of Philosophy. By studying the works of history’s most renown philosophers – from Plato and Aristotle to Wittgenstein, Nietzsche – participants will develop a finer understanding of the workings of logic and reason, how arguments are built in order to establish conclusions, and how such conclusions can be questioned.
The course introduces students to the world of analytical philosophy, providing insights into the four main subdivisions: namely logic, metaphysics, epistemology and ethics. Our expert tutors expect students to tackle the most fundamental philosophical questions, encouraging debate and the exchange of ideas with other students. By the end of the course, participants will have gained important skills in clear thinking, argument and communication, and superior knowledge of the main arguments and concepts of modern analytic philosophy.