So that we can ensure that all Members of the Churchill College community stay healthy and safe, things will look a little different when you next come to College. But you can find everything you need to know on our new Coronavirus Guidance page From the latest research from the University to what you should do if you have symptoms, and from the provision of College services to minimising the risk of transmission, you'll find all the answers to your questions here.
Our link areas in England are Sussex, Surrey, and the London Boroughs of Merton, Sutton and Croydon.
Our usual pattern of visits to and from Churchill and how these can be arranged is described below. Regretfully, however, the pandemic has required us to cancel our face-to-face engagements until further notice.
Accordingly, we've moved our schools liaison provision online to a range of "visit" events, linked below, which teachers and pupils can use at their leisure. Each online visit is a replacement for our most popular events, e.g., for Year 10s and 11s, sixth formers, etc., as well for individuals or groups who're interested in particular subject areas. These pages are free to use and versatile in format, so teachers could deploy (elements of) them in classes or at school/college events, just as easily as students themselves could use them at home.
Whilst we hope you'll find these resources useful, we know that some will want face-to-face engagement too. Since we don't have capacity to attend bespoke events at the moment, we will be arranging online Q&As with our admissions team instead. These can be attended live, as interactive sessions where you can ask questions, or watched back afterwards. Neither webcam nor mic is needed to participate. All that's required is a device that plays streaming video, into which you can type questions if you want to interact with us live.
When live events are forthcoming, details will appear here.
Our Virtual Visits
Please note that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not currently able to schedule visits to schools or colleges from Churchill. Individuals and institutions are able to access a number of virtual sessions, including virtual visits and regular online Q&A sessions with our admissions team from the top of this page. We have deliberately provided a number of short modules so that schools, colleges, and individuals can create their own bespoke "events" by combining relevant modules.
We hope to be able to start scheduling individual and school/college visits again during the summer of 2021.
A visit from a Churchill representative to your institution will provide information about Cambridge in particular and HE in general.
We work with students at Key Stages 4 and 5, and we're happy to deliver sessions that include parents and/or teachers. Our sessions typically last an hour per year group.
Pupils in Key Stage 4 will normally be given a presentation on why they should start thinking about the possibility of progression to HE. We will use Cambridge as an example of a particular HE institution. The presentation will be designed to raise aspiration and encourage applications where appropriate to selective entry universities. It will also include information and guidance on why choices of subjects to study at sixth form matter in terms of what can then be studied at university. If you feel that academically able pupils in Year 9 would benefit then this might be possible in consultation with us but it is not part of our normal offer.
Pupils in Year 12 will be given an introduction to Cambridge with some information and guidance on how to apply and what we are looking for in a strong application. It would be relevant for any pupils hoping to make applications to selective entry universities.
We will prioritise pupils in Year 13 for our September visits. We look at the application process in more depth (including Assessments, Interviews and Personal Statements) and give advice about what makes a strong application to Cambridge.
Whilst it is possible to present to a mixed group of Year 11 and Year 12 it is not ideal and will inevitably include some information which will be irrelevant for each group.
Please note that we don't normally send representatives to long events (more than a few hours).
We no longer ask for a stall at careers or HE fairs because experience tells us it is not effective for us. Where possible, however, we can send a representative to deliver an hour-long information session at such events.
We plan most of our visits for the coming academic year during the previous summer term. If you are not on our link area mailing list then please be in touch so that we can make sure you receive the visit booking questionnaire (usually sent in mid-May).
For more information about visits please contact us:
Please note that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not currently able to schedule visits for individuals or schools/colleges to Churchill. Our currently-available schools liaison provision is described from the top of this page.
A visit to Churchill normally lasts from 10.15am to 12.45pm.
During this time, we will provide a talk on Cambridge admissions; a tour of Churchill with one of our undergraduates; and a free lunch for all attendees!
We work with students at Key Stage 4 or Key Stage 5. We set aside a number of fixed dates for visits to College. If you are not on our link area mailing list then please be in touch so that we can make sure you receive the visit booking questionnaire (usually sent in mid-May).
For more information about visits please contact us.
When you visit College, please make sure that teachers and staff remain with the pupils at all times. Your pupils' visit is to a working College which is set up for study and research. There will be students studying here during the hours of your visit and there will also be other events and visitors at the College and Archives Centre. We ask that all visitors are respectful of the College environment and atmosphere and are not overly noisy.
Changes to the Programme from Previous Years
We will no longer provide an afternoon programme and this means we will not organise a tour around a second Cambridge College. Feedback has suggested that although some groups have enjoyed this feature of the day, what is most valued is the quality of advice given in our presentations, the chance to meet undergraduates, sample the food and view accommodation. Many groups would value the flexibility to arrange the afternoon around their group’s timings and travel requirements.
You can arrange second College tours through other Colleges' Schools Liaison Officers. Most colleges prefer groups under 25 (including staff numbers, and staff must be in attendance with the group). Details can be found by searching on college websites. Note that if you want to bring a larger group to Churchill it will be more difficult for you to organise second College tours.
It is also possible for you to arrange events with departmental outreach officers and again these can be arranged through contacts found by searching departmental and faculty websites.
There are also programmes offered by the museums of the University, which include:
At Churchill, you will also be close to the American Cemetery at Madingley and you can arrange by contacting them.