- Maximum tutorial size: 10 students
- Oxbridge style tutorials
- Personal Project and Assessment
- Certificate of Participation
- University preparation workshops
- Inclusive of excursions
Overview of course
- Session 1: July 23rd 2017 – August 5th 2017
- Session 2: August 6th 2017 – August 19th 2017
- Residential in a central University of Cambridge college
- Classes designed and taught by University tutors
- A variety of carefully planned skills workshops
- Dedicated university and subject specific advice
- Inclusive of all excursions and extracurriculars
- Diverse range of international participants
- Participant Assessment
- Certificate of Participation
Cambridge Immerse is a unique two week residential educational experience with a diverse and enriching curriculum, designed and taught by Cambridge University and Oxford University tutors. Tutorials and seminars are taught by experts in an optimal learning environment that stimulates academic enquiry; yet the carefully planned schedule ensures that the programme not only meets the academic needs of the participants, but also provides a unique insight into the university city through an abundance of extracurricular activities.
The Cambridge Immerse English Literature course is both challenging and engaging, with students learning in small groups to ensure that each student’s needs are addressed. In addition to covering material that is studied at the A-level and IB-level, students are also taught advanced university-level topics in a way that is approachable and easy to understand.
The Cambridge Immerse English Literature course is perfect for those considering studying English at university level. The course focuses upon equipping students with the skills that are vital to studying English Literature at university: in particular, the ability to form logical, coherent and eloquent arguments, and to analyse the different features of texts in order to ask the question – what makes ‘literary’ language literary?
Academic Content & Learning Objectives
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.
In addition to the above, students will also tour the colleges of famous alumni from Cambridge (including Milton and Marlowe) and the various sites and scenes that have provide the inspiration for some of literature’s finest characters. The course is studied alongside participants from the Creative Writing programme, allowing students to also appreciate and analyse literary devices used to create compelling pieces of writing.
In this course we will explore close reading as a method of literary analysis. Students will develop the confidence to make detailed readings of literary texts and structure essays based on this analysis. We will use this as a departure point to discuss the merits and limitations of this approach, and consider its basis in the New Criticism movement at the beginning of the twentieth century, in which critics such as I.A. Richards coined ‘practical criticism’. This is, namely, the practice of reading literature without contextual knowledge of the author or period which couldn’t be discovered simply from the words on the page.
In this module we will consider the practice of borrowing from other texts, something that has occurred throughout the history of English literature but is particularly debated in the postmodern age. Thinking about the techniques of allusion and pastiche, we will discuss the contention that this borrowing is proof of unoriginality or plagiarism, as well as the alternative claim that it’s a natural part of a shared literary language which develops over time. We will underpin this discussion by closely observing the effects of intertextuality in individual texts, focussing in particular upon the use of Ariel’s song from Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
How do we create meaning when reading texts which seem to refuse to give it? In this course we will be exploring difficult texts and the solutions readers can find in engaging with them. We will consider what constitutes a difficult text – in particular with regard to qualities of obscurity and abstraction – and will discover how to talk about meanings that have nothing to do with describing what a text is ‘about’. By focussing upon extracts from two vital texts written in 1922, at the height of British and Irish literary modernism, we will put these considerations into practice.
We offer participants a choice of a range of subjects, from the arts to the sciences. All the subjects taught at Cambridge Immerse are taught by current or past tutors of Cambridge University or Oxford University. Our rigorous vetting process ensures that all students are taught by tutors who are engaging and supportive - and most of all, enthusiastic to share their expertise.
Our philosophy is that our participants should be challenged with interesting academic concepts; whilst our tutors create a welcoming and supportive environment in which our participants feel comfortable and thrive.
You will be encouraged to delve into and explore the current debates and issues within your chosen discipline in carefully planned tutorials that emulate the unique Oxbridge system of tutor-student engagement and debate. This is an approach that goes beyond the superficial and provides unique insights that are both refreshing and intellectually stimulating.
What is certain is that you will emerge undoubtedly far more confident and knowledgeable in your chosen discipline, tackling challenging yet interesting topics that we hope will further your academic passions. Students can now opt to study up to two subjects during the programme. Subjects that we offer include:
Throughout the programme, our tutors monitor student engagement with the topics that they have been taught. After the programme, a Participant Assessment is written by the tutor, evaluating participant progress and also making recommendations on how to most effectively advance participant's understanding and interest in the topics that have been explored.
Interview Skills Workshops (Optional)
Within our carefully designed interview skills workshops, students will gain an insight into the core skills required to successfully articulate their viewpoints in a pressured environment. These workshops focus upon developing the confidence and intellectual tenacity required to tackle some of the key questions that might be asked during interview, in addition to addressing debates surrounding some of the most pertinent issues within the discipline at the moment. The Interview Skills workshops are included within the programme fee, though attendance is optional.
Personal Statement Consultations (Optional)
Over the duration of the Cambridge Immerse course, students will have the opportunity to develop drafts of their personal statements required for access to universities across the world with the expertise and assistance of highly regarded tutors. Students learn techniques to concisely express their interest in a particular discipline, crafting a compelling personal statement that showcases achievements and interest in a subject. The Personal Statement consultations are included within the programme fee, though attendance is optional.
Cambridge Immerse provides a truly immersive experience of university life. Not only will you discover and further your academic interests, you will also delve into the exciting and often fascinating spectrum of cultural activities available in Cambridge. The opportunity to experience daily organised excursions also allows the chance to socialise with like-minded peers from a diverse range of backgrounds and to quickly familiarise yourself with the city.
Activities organised as part of the programme include:
- A summer’s afternoon punting down the River Cam, a quintessential Cambridge affair.
- A day trip to Oxford, the home of Cambridge University’s arch ‘rival’.
- Formal dining in Cambridge’s famous medieval banquet halls.
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
We place a huge emphasis on creating a supportive and approachable environment at Cambridge Immerse. Our mentors are a team of friendly, specially trained graduates and undergraduates from Cambridge 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, at a ratio of six students to one mentor, all of whom are enthusiastic to help participants to help create a ‘home away from home’.
Cambridge Immerse takes place in Cambridge University’s most stunning and historic centrally located colleges. To find out which college you will be accommodated in, contact us.
All participants will be accommodated in their own individual bedrooms, equipped with high speed internet access. Corridors or staircases separate male and female students, and bathrooms are en-suite or shared between just a few participants. The college site is secured and monitored at all times. 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 in 2017. Students are expected to be fluent / near-fluent in English.
Participate in 2017
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. Cambridge Immerse runs in the following 2 week sessions:
- Early July Session: 9th July - 22nd July 2017
- Session 1: 23rd July – 5th August 2017
- Session 2: 6th August – 19th August 2017
We would be happy to assist you if you have any questions prior to booking your place. For the fastest response to your enquiry, please email:
Take a look at what our students have to say about the English Literature programme
Attending Cambridge Immerse has taught me invaluable lessons that go beyond the framework of classroom learning. I feel that after two weeks I have developed both intellectually and as a person in general, a result of the rapid pace of teaching and the fantastically motivated group of peers I learned alongside. – Sophie, United Kingdom