Cambridge Physics Summer School
The study of Physics aims to help us gain a greater understanding of the world around us and beyond us. The discipline studies nature and seeks to explain why the world behaves the way it does: from the study of vast galaxies, black holes, the Big Bang to examining tiny sub-atomic particles. The study of Physics is wide-reaching and incredibly varied. Physics is responsible for some of the things we think indispensable to modern life: medical instrumentation such as x-rays and ultrasound; satellite signals to watch television and use mobile phones; and is responsible for the Internet itself.
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 Due to the rapidly changing developments in physics, a lot of what is conventionally taught in schools is out-of-date – and so the Cambridge Immerse summer physics programme aims to explore the very latest discoveries in physics and their exciting implications!
Summer Physics Course at Cambridge University
The Immerse Physics summer course in Cambridge offers you the chance to go beyond school A-level and IB-level school syllabuses and to gain an insight into what university Physics is like. Physicists are directly responsible for some of the greatest technological changes in history and it all begins at university. By studying in Cambridge, you’ll be studying in the footsteps of some of the world’s greatest scientists – including Dr. Stephen Hawking.
By enrolling in the Cambridge Immerse Physics course, you will learn more about atomic structure, electricity, special relativity and more. The aim of the programme is to go beyond what you study in secondary / high school, and to challenge you with university level topics. You will not only learn about life as a Physicist but also get excited about how a degree in Physics can change the world. In addition, whatever your current ability-level, the small class sizes our Physics summer course will ensure you will be both challenged and supported in carefully planned classes that emulate the unique Oxbridge system of tutor-student engagement and debate.
What will I study at this Physics Summer Course in Cambridge?
Our Physics Summer course for high school students serves to give students an introduction into life as an Physics undergraduate, and our course is carefully designed and taught by Cambridge University tutors.
The study of classical mechanics is basically the study of how objects move. In many ways it is physics at its core and tightly bound to the University of Cambridge through Sir Isaac Newton, formerly of Trinity College. We will extend our knowledge of high schools mechanics to include more complex problems relating to kinematics. Interestingly, the skills required for mechanics calculations have a strange tendency to crop up in much more exotic fields of physics.
Propagation of energy or matter is often described either by the kinematic travel of an object or by the evolution of a wave. Whilst the most popular example of a wave, the water wave, might not seem too thrilling to study, the number of physical processes that include waves are innumerous. Some well-known examples of waves include sounds waves, vibrating guitar strings, and microwaves. However, all objects of matter can actually be described by waves via the famous Schrödinger Equation. In this topic we introduce the connection between circular motion and waves, we explore the classical wave equation, and we study the behaviour of springs and pendula.
The study of light as a wave initially turned out to be immensely powerful. It lays the foundation for the production of a wide range of things, ranging from reading glasses to far-space telescopes. In this topic we remind ourselves of how light travel through mirrors, lenses, and pieces of apparatus built with optical elements. We also investigate how different apertures can be used in order to study properties of the light itself and ultimately of the source of the light.
What are the benefits of enrolling our pre-university Physics summer course?
Physics at school and Physics at university are very different and it is often difficult for students to get a real understanding of whether the subject is for them. By enrolling in the Immerse physics summer school at Cambridge University, you will not only discover whether university physics is the course for you but also learn exciting material that will elevate you beyond your school syllabus.
University admissions officers are often impressed by candidates that show a genuine enthusiasm for their subject and during the Immerse Physics summer programme you will have many opportunities to develop that enthusiasm. Furthermore, Physics requires that students have a strong grasp of mathematics. During this Cambridge Physics summer course, you will continue to develop your mathematical abilities and discover more about how it can be applied to the study of Physics at university.
If it is your ambition to study Physics at a top university, then the Cambridge Immerse Physics summer programme is the right place to start. Benefit from 40 hours of academic sessions and a university-level Physics syllabus designed by Cambridge Physics tutors.
To ensure you leave the course with the best preparation for your university experience, Cambridge Immerse also offers a range of highly useful, optional skills workshops which are included in the Physics summer course fee, including Interview Skills Workshops to help you articulate yourself brilliantly under pressure and show your passion for the subject. You can also take advantage of one-on-one Personal Statement Consultations to help you polish your personal statement and make it really stand out from the crowd.
Quick physics summer course facts and stats:
- Maximum tutorial size: 12 students
- Oxbridge style teaching from university tutors
- University preparation workshops
- Inclusive of excursions
- Reside in a central University of Cambridge college
- Dedicated university and subject specific advice
- A variety of carefully planned skills workshops
- Inclusive of all excursions and extracurriculars
- Diverse range of international participants
- Participant Assessment
- Certificate of Participation
Our academic summer programmes offer students the option to choose to study one of 16 diverse subjects, from the arts to the sciences. All of our courses are designed and taught by current or past tutors at Cambridge University who have experience regularly teaching undergraduates. So whether you are interested in Philosophy or Medicine, Computer Science or Creative Writing, or something completely different, experience a unique taster course of what it’s like to study a subject at university level with an exceptional academic programme created and delivered by world-class tutors.
The Cambridge Immerse recruitment process is vigorous to ensure that every single of our tutors is engaging, supportive and passionate, with the drive to ignite a similar passion in the students. Cambridge Immerse’s mission is to provide students from across the world with a unique and unforgettable academic experiences. Our Cambridge summer programmes aim to inspire our participants and to excite them about their subject! We also strive to challenge our participants and stretch them academically, as we prepare them for what life will be like at a top university.
Our philosophy is that each of our participants should feel challenged with interesting academic concepts, whilst our tutors create a welcoming and supportive environment in which our participants thrive.
During the academic sessions at Cambridge Immerse, participants will be encouraged to explore and discuss advanced (and interesting!) topics in carefully planned classes that are designed to emulate the unique Oxbridge system of tutor-student engagement and debate. The aim of this approach is to allow students to develop skills that go beyond simply the learning of facts, but rather to interact with the material in a way that will stimulate academic thought and curiosity. These skills are vital for success in higher education. Participants in our Cambridge summer programmes tackle challenging and interesting academic topics that not only further academic passions but also develops themselves as a student and as an individual.
Programmes that we offer include:
Throughout the summer programme, the Cambridge Immerse tutors will monitor student engagement with the topics that they have been taught. Once the programme has finished, the tutor will write a Participant Assessment that will evaluate how the participant responded to the materials they were introduced to, what progress they made during the sessions, and offer recommendations on how to most effectively advance participant's understanding and interest in the topics that have been explored. We strongly believe that our Participant Assessments are crucial element of the learning process, and reflective of our commitment to the highest standards of education.
Cambridge Immerse is committed to ensuring that students feel confident when applying for university. In order to support students in their pre-university journey, the Cambridge Immerse summer programme contains a University Application Preparation series including workshops, consultations, and mock tests. Below is an example of what students can expect.
Interview Skills Workshops (Optional)
Interviews are required as a part of the admissions process at leading universities. What makes a great interview? During the Cambridge Immerse Interview Skills Workshops, students will gain an insight into what a university interview might look like and enable them to better understand how to respond to challenging academic questions and articulate their viewpoints in a pressured environment. These workshops focus upon instilling participants with confidence and the intellectual tenacity required to tackle some of the key questions that might be asked during interview. University interviews are nerve-wracking for prospective university applicants, it is our aim to support students during their interview preparation and equip them with the skills required throughout - thinking, processing, and responding. For many of our participants, the opportunity to hone their interview technique has been a highlight of the programme.
The Interview Skills workshops are included within the programme fee, though attendance is optional.
Personal Statement Consultations (Optional)
Personal statements form the basis of any strong university application - an opportunity for applicants to position their achievements and ambitions in the best possible light. During their time in Cambridge, students will have the opportunity to develop drafts of their personal statements required for access to all UK universities and many others around the world. The Cambridge Immerse mentor team, who are all currently studying at Cambridge University, are on hand to provide students with one-to-one consultations, offering guidance on how students can best express their interest in a particular subject. The aim of these individual consultations is for students to craft a compelling personal statement that showcases their achievements and interest in a subject
The Personal Statement consultations are included within the programme fee, though attendance is optional.
Certain subjects, such as Medicine and Law, require that prospective applicants to UK universities complete an aptitude test such as the LNAT (National Admissions Test for Law) , BMAT (BioMedical Admissions Test), UKCAT (UK Clinical Aptitude Test). Optional sessions provide participants of Cambridge Immerse with guidance and insights into the best practices for preparing for these tests.
Cambridge is a unique and historic city and with that comes a unique set of cultural experiences. During your time at Cambridge Immerse, students delve into the exciting and often fascinating spectrum of cultural activities available in Cambridge. Furthermore it is our mission to give students a glimpse into life at university, and so our academic programme is balanced with a vibrant and engaging extracurricular programme. Not only will you discover and further your academic interests, activities and excursions planned throughout the programme will give students the opportunity to socialise with like-minded peers from across the world. The activities on offer will often be completely new, exciting and typically Cambridge. Students will learn more about Cambridge, about their fellow students and, hopefully, about themselves.
A variety of activities are organised as part of the programme. Participants can enjoy:
- An afternoon in the sun punting down the River Cam, a quintessential Cambridge affair.
- A visit to Oxford, the home of Cambridge University’s arch ‘rival’.
- Formal dining in Cambridge’s famous medieval banquet halls; a Hogwarts experience.
Visit our activities page to view the full range of subjects that we offer.
The Cambridge Immerse schedule is packed with a wide range of unique academic and extracurricular activities.
Participants start off the day with breakfast in the main college dining hall, with a variety of continental and hot breakfast choices available. This is followed by the first academic session of the day, which takes place in a seminar or lecture format. Participants are then guided to lunch at some of Cambridge’s finest sandwich bars and cafés, and are welcome to explore the city in small groups. Following lunch, academic sessions continue in the format of small tutorial groups or workshops. After all the core academic sessions are finished, students are treated to one of a wide range of excursions and cultural activities, including punting, museum visits and sports activities. A three course dinner in the college dining hall is then followed by an evening social event to help participants wind down and socialise after a packed day.
The timetable shown to the side offers an insight into the typical daily schedule, although this may vary depending on the events planned on the given day.
Unrivalled support system
Cambridge Immerse prides itself on providing a supportive and approachable learning and living environment where participants can flourish. Participants are looked after by the Cambridge Immerse Mentors and Onsite Programme Manager.
Our mentor team is comprised of friendly, specially trained graduates and undergraduates from Cambridge University or Oxford University, who help our participants quickly settle into the programme. The mentors have first hand experience with a variety of academic and non-academic issues and are therefore in the best position to offer friendly, confidential one-to-one advice. It’s an unrivalled support network that we’re incredibly proud of. Mentors have studied a range of disciplines, allowing them to share their own insights and experiences of their academic careers. Each participant is also assigned a mentor, all of whom are enthusiastic to help participants to help create a ‘home away from home’. It’s an unrivalled support network that we’re incredibly proud of.
Each Cambridge Immerse Campus has an onsite Programme Manager who manages the onsite Mentor Team and oversees the organisation and execution of academic classes and social activities. The Programme Manager is an experienced individual who will be there to answer any queries participants or parents might have.
One of the most special elements about the programme, is the ability for students to truly immerse themselves in Cambridge student life by staying in a Cambridge University college during the summer. Cambridge Immerse takes place in four of Cambridge University’s most stunning and historic centrally located colleges: Queens’ College, Sidney Sussex College, Christ’s College and St Catharine’s College.
On each of the Cambridge University college sites, participant stay in single bedrooms, all of which are equipped with high speed internet access. These are the actual accommodation that Cambridge University undergraduates reside in during term time! Corridors or staircases separate students by gender, and bathrooms are either en-suite or shared between just a few participants of the same gender. The wellbeing of our participants is one of our primary concerns, and the college site is secured and monitored 24/7, not only by Cambridge Immerse staff, but also by the college staff themselves.
Visit our ‘Campus’ page for further information.
Travel Information: The fee for Cambridge Immerse is not inclusive of travel to Cambridge. There are several transport options available, including arriving in Cambridge by rail, coach or flight. Please contact us if you need assistance planning your journey to Cambridge.
For international participants, we arrange a shared airport transfer service from London Heathrow Airport to Cambridge. Dedicated staff members meet the participants at the airport terminal of their arrival. Participants are able to book this service once they have secured their place on the programme.
Medical and Dietary Requirements: We are able to cater for most dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan, nut allergies, halal, kosher); please do not hesitate to contact us if you are unsure if we can cater for your dietary requirements. Breakfast and evening meals are included in Cambridge Immerse, and participants are expected to make their own provisions for lunch at various delicious eateries around Cambridge.
Other information: Students must be aged between 16-18 at the time of attendance to Cambridge Immerse. Students are expected to be fluent / near-fluent in English.
Participate in Cambridge Immerse
Cambridge Immerse is a residential summer course consisting of outstanding academic classes, excellent skills workshops and exciting extracurricular activities in the historic university city of Cambridge.
- 8th July - 21st July 2018 (PROGRAMME FULL)
- Session 2: 22nd July – 4th August 2018 (LIMITED SPACES)
- Session 3: 5th August – 18th August 2018 (LIMITED SPACES)
- 1st July - 13th July 2019
- 7th July - 20th July 2019
- 14th July - 27th July 2019
- 21st July - 3rd August 2019
- 28th July - 10th August 2019
- 4th August - 17th August 2019
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