Year 12 Enhanced Open Day

Wednesday 1 July 2020

The Enhanced Open Day is a brilliant opportunity for year 12 students to get more out of the University of Cambridge Open Day.

Come join Downing College, for various activities to help prepare you for University. You will have the opportunity to learn more about how to apply, how to do well at interviews, how to manage your finances and answer all your burning questions. You will also have the chance to live like a Downing student in our accommodation and dining hall, before heading off to take part in the various open day activities across the University and explore your chosen subject. By the end of the two days you will be well informed and prepared for the next steps in your university journey.

The proposed programme:

1:00pm – Arrival & Registration

1:30pm – Welcome Talk

1:45pm – Downing College Tour

2:15pm – Cambridge University Admissions & Interviews Talk

3:45pm – Break

4:00pm – Tackling Concerns and Worries Workshop

5:00pm – Budgeting & Finance Workshop

6:00pm – Dinner

7:00pm – Current Student Q&A Session

7:30pm – Fun Evening Activity

8:30pm – Free time 

(Please be aware that the programme may be subject to change)

This is a free event for participants and travel support, meals and accommodation will be provided to ensure everyone is able to participate.

How to apply

To apply for this event you must be:

  • A current year 12 student
  • Be able to achieve A*AA at A level or equivalent

Students who meet any of the below criteria will be prioritised:

  • No parental history of higher education
  • Current state school student
  • Currently or previously living under local authority care
  • Eligible for Free School Meals (currently, or in the previous six years)
  • IMD deciles 1-3
  • School/college progression rates to higher education
  • Disability/extenuating circumstances which has affected study
  • Ethnicity: BME students
  • Young carer
  • POLAR 4 classification 1 or 2


To register your interest in attending please complete the online form.

You can also sign up to other University of Cambridge colleges events being put on for year 12.