Program 1 (Explorer): Life Sciences & Medicine

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Dates: Sun 2nd July - Sat 22nd July

Ages: 14 - 18

Price: £4595

Living organisms are endlessly fascinating, and continue to present innumerable mysteries for scientists to investigate. Whether passionate about human biology, intrigued by medical technology or driven to become a doctor, the Reach Cambridge Life Science & Medicine program is the ideal summer course for you.

The course introduces students to a range of subjects taught by scientists at the cutting edge of biological and medical research, inviting them to explore the most interesting areas of life science such as neuropsychology, DNA and genetics. Students will have a fantastic opportunity to explore contemporary medical issues in a supportive academic environment.

The course is led by a dedicated teaching team assisted by a number of guest lecturers invited to discuss the latest developments in their field. Classroom sessions are complemented by an exciting range of interactive sessions and practicals as well as excursions to sites of particular scientific interest. Topics include contemporary cancer research, evolution, forensic science, and biodiversity.

The course is also designed to get students thinking about what it means to be a good scientist in the 21st Century and to equip them for leadership in science through workshops on scientific communication and ethics in medical research.

Reach Cambridge has been one of the best experiences of my life. I cannot think of one single flaw this program has – everything has been amazing.

Patricia, Life Sciences & Medicine Student, 2016

The course was super interesting and introduced many new and different ideas.

Kim, Life Sciences & Medicine Student, 2016

Every lesson was filled with activities that allowed us to experience first-hand what life as a medical student would be like.

Gabriel, Life Sciences & Medicine Student, 2016

I can honestly say that Reach Cambridge has been the most amazing experience of my life. I have been so inspired – I can’t wait to get to uni now! I wish I could do this every year!

Hailey, Life Sciences & Medicine Student, 2016

I had an amazing and memorable experience at Reach! I learnt so much more than I expected about medicine and applying to university. This course will definitely help me when applying and choosing my courses in university. I met a lot of amazing people and the supervisors were always kind and helpful!

Raseel, Life Sciences & Medicine Student, 2015

A typical Explorer 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 Afternoon activities
6pm Dinner – in College Dining Hall
7pm Evening lecture
8pm Evening activities
11pm Curfew – an hour on your corridor before lights out

A typical Explorer 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.


Creative Writing (£395)

During the Creative Writing Add-On, students will learn a range of strategies that can help them develop as a writer. With activities designed to spark creativity and exercises aimed at advancing composition skills, this Add-On will help students to explore their full creative potential. Whether interested in writing fiction, poetry or articles, this short, intensive course is a perfect addition to any one of our summer programs.


Introduction to Architecture (£395)

There is no place better to be introduced to architecture than in the grand, historic surroundings of Cambridge and its 800 year old university.

Everything in the built environment contains architectural ideas and design: from doorways to skyscrapers. This course will provide a fascinating introduction to the way that architects think and design, as well as providing students with greater insight into what makes Cambridge’s most iconic buildings such stunning examples of fine architecture. This short course touches upon both the creative, expressive side, and precise, technical side of architecture. It will also get students thinking about the profound influence that space plays in shaping human thought, emotion and action.

Students will get the chance to create their own basic designs and will find out more about the different career opportunities in architecture.

This add-on will take place outside of normal class time, and will combine lectures with hands-on activities.


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.


Young Leaders Program (£395)

The young leaders add-on covers all of the life skills that are essential at university and beyond. In 6 hours spread over several afternoons, the young leaders program covers topics such as leadership skills, presentation skills, academic writing skills and university learning strategies. Taught by specialists in the field, the young leaders add-on is for many students a highlight of their Reach Cambridge experience.


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: £4595

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