Program 1 (Explorer): English & Performing Arts

Home Programs English & Performing Arts

Dates: Sun 2nd July - Sat 22nd July

Ages: 14 - 18

Price: £4595

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

The Reach Cambridge English Literature & Performing Arts course is designed to introduce students to subjects beyond the scope of their current school courses and thereby offer them a flavour of university study. 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 Performing Arts component of the course revolves around an interactive and thought-provoking set of workshops. Whether you are an accomplished musician and actor or you would simply like to build upon a burgeoning interest in music and drama, these sessions help to develop presentation and performance skills, teach you to think critically about the performing arts and encourage creativity.

My class has been so inspiring, I have learned so much and am so thankful for this experience.

Sarah, English & Performing Arts 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 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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