Program 1 (Explorer): Physics & Engineering

Home Programs Physics & Engineering

Dates: Sun 2nd July - Sat 22nd July

Ages: 14 - 18

Price: £4595

Physical phenomena dictate everything around us in our daily lives, and studying them is therefore an incredibly eye-opening and fascinating experience. Having produced the likes of Isaac Newton and Stephen Hawking, there’s no better place to study Physics than at Cambridge. The application of Physics in Engineering provides the opportunity to look at how basic physical forces help to produce incredibly complex structures such as bridges, towers and machines.

The Reach Cambridge Physics & Engineering course introduces students to University level study in both disciplines independently, as well as exploring the many links and interactions between the two subjects.

Students will examine both the theoretical principles and the practical applications of Physics by covering topics such as special relativity, electromagnetism, particle physics and nuclear physics. There will be a focus on problem-solving, exploring theoretical models and developing the skills necessary for advanced studies. The Engineering component of the course mixes interactive lectures with hands-on, practical sessions, such as bridge design challenges and tower construction tasks. Topics to be covered include structural engineering, materials, sustainability and water-structure interaction.

Whether a budding civil engineer or an eager physicist, students will benefit enormously from the Reach Cambridge Physics & Engineering course.

It was great – I had a lot of fun, made new friends, and learnt amazing things.

Jeanne, Physics & Engineering Student, 2016

I learned a lot about Physics that wouldn’t have been covered in school.

Arun, Physics & Engineering Student, 2016

I was introduced to several specifics under the field of Engineering and I now understand a lot more in terms of subject choices and what I can excel in

Timothy, Physics & Engineering Student, 2014

The course really caught my interest throughout the three weeks

Emile, Physics & Engineering Student, 2014

Each lecture taught me a term’s worth of learning in my school

Nicholas, Physics & Engineering 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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