Program 3 (Scholar): English Literature

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Dates: Mon 7th August - Sun 20th August

Ages: 14 - 18

Price: £2995

To study English Literature in Cambridge means following in the footsteps of Coleridge, Wordsworth, Tennyson and Plath. Having inspired generations of authors and poets, Cambridge forms the perfect setting to be introduced to the study of literature at university level.

The Reach Cambridge English Literature course is designed to introduce students to subjects beyond the scope of their current school courses and thereby offer them a flavour of English literature in higher education. Students will study drama, poetry, and prose, and explore different literary movements such as the Renaissance, the Romantic period, and our Postmodern age. The course will also involve enriching trips to the theatre, local excursions, practical workshops and creative writing sessions.

Alongside fascinating examinations of different forms of literature, the course helps students to develop important skills, teaching them how to construct persuasive arguments, deliver stimulating presentations, and think philosophically.

The course will not only equip students with key transferable skills that will enhance their achievements on their current school course, but will also introduce them to new areas of literature and furnish them with knowledge and experience of the demands of undergraduate academic study. In short, the course will develop both their passion and aptitude in the exciting field of literary studies.

All Reach Cambridge courses are open to students aged between 14-18 years old.

All courses are taught in English. In order to get the most out of the learning experience, students are advised to have a level of English conducive to understanding sophisticated academic language and to converse with other students and staff in English at all times.

We do offer English as Second Language courses if you, or we, feel that this is more appropriate. Your personal statement will help indicate to us your level of English. We will also ask for a copy of your latest school transcript to help us assess the teaching level of the courses.

It was one of the best courses I have ever been a part of.

English Literature Student, 2016

Reach Cambridge is one of the best experiences you could have. You get the opportunity to meet new friends and experience university life – it is amazing!

Sophia, English Literature Student, 2014

I enjoyed the entire course. It was one of the most wonderful experiences I have ever had. Not only did I learn more about my subject, but I also learned time and money management. I experienced a freedom I could not experience on a school trip.

Carl, English Literature Student, 2014

My experience at Reach Cambridge has absolutely been the best three weeks of my life, I can’t stop saying it! Everything at the camp, from the location to the activities, has just been wonderful and it is hard to think of anything I would change. I cannot thank Reach Cambridge enough for providing me with the perfect academic and social opportunity.

Chiara, Psychology Student, 2014

Reach Cambridge made me feel like a college student. The program mixed fun and study and we felt like one big family. Thank you for offering me the best summer of my life!

Kristy, Politics & International Relations Student, 2014

A typical Scholar Program Subject Class Day

Time Activity
8am Breakfast – in College Dining Hall
9am Subject classes
1pm Lunch – plenty of time to explore Cambridge
2.30pm – 4.30pm Afternoon Subject classes
6pm Dinner – in College Dining Hall
7pm Evening lecture
8pm Evening activities
11pm Curfew – an hour on your corridor before lights out

A typical Scholar Program Excursion Day

Time Activity
8am Breakfast – in College Dining Hall
9am Full Day Excursion

Previous excursions have included:

London, Brighton, Oxford, Theatre trips, Stratford-upon-Avon & Warwick Castle

6pm Dinner – own arrangements
8pm Evening activities
11pm Curfew – an hour on your corridor before lights out

Please note, these are meant as a rough guide only and are subject to change.

Want to make your trip even more special? Why not choose one of our exciting Add-Ons?

Please note, there is a limit of 2 Add-Ons per Program (excluding Single Room Guarantee, which can be added as a third where available). Click on the relevant item for more details:


Community Outreach (£150)

Reach Cambridge is proud of its excellent links with UK based charities. Through this exciting add-on you could earn 10 community outreach hours, learn valuable skills in teamwork and project management, and take part in a project that really makes a difference. In 2014 Reach Cambridge worked with SABRE, a charity that helps build schools for children in rural Ghana. Community outreach students organised some excellent events and we raised over £2400 for the charity! This add-on takes place outside of class time across the course.


University Advance (£250)

One reason why you might join us in Cambridge is an interest in applying to university in one of the cities we visit. The university advance add-on will involve one day trip, either to the colleges of Oxford or to London universities (for example University College London, Imperial College, and the London School of Economics). Reach Cambridge will organise an accompanied tour of the university buildings and facilities, giving you the opportunity to explore your prospective campuses! Please note that this add-on will require you to miss one full day of classes.


Single Room Guarantee (£395)

Typically, students on Reach Cambridge share a room with someone of the same gender and a similar age. Whilst many find this to be a great way to make a lifelong friend, we understand that some people enjoy their personal space after a long day of exciting classes and activities. As such, we offer the single room upgrade, which guarantees that you will have your own private room.

Price: £2995

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