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Fast Forward Mathematics - Cambridge

The Cambridge Admissions Office offers a Fast Forward Mathematics course in association with the NRICH Team and Goldman Sachs Foundation. It is a free two-year programme for young mathematicians.

The Fast Forward Mathematics programme incorporates residential study schools and various mentoring activities at the University of Cambridge. The course aims at those who are presently in year nine at non-selective state schools in the Greater London area. The first year comprises three residential courses in Cambridge; the second year consists of various mentoring activities. Candidates who wish to apply for the 2010-12 cohort ought to be available to attend all three residential courses on:

  • 24-28 August 2010
  • 16-19 December 2010
  • 25-29 July 2011

The Fast Forward Mathematics programme aims at students who:

  • Feel there may be more to mathematics then they already know
  • Would like the chance to deepen their knowledge and experience about mathematics
  • Are interested in mathematics and wish to discover more
  • Attend a state school in Greater London

The participation in this programme shall provide students an opportunity to:

  • Learn new mathematics
  • Attain thorough understanding of what mathematics is about and where it may take them
  • Meet like people who may share their interests throughout the project
  • Share ideas with other people
  • Build up confidence and develop problem study and problem-solving skills
  • Learn how to meet new challenges and be challenged

Preference will be given to students who:

  • Have parents in non-professional occupations
  • Go to college/school with a high proportion of free school meals
  • Shall be the first generation in their family to attend Cambridge
  • Attend college/school with a low quantity of students going on to higher education
  • Attend college/school with a low overall 'A' level point score or a low overall GCSE A-C average
  • Belong to minority ethnic background presently under-represented in HE

The residential study schools are followed by one year of e-mentoring activities with workforce by university undergraduates that will aim at supporting students' future educational plans. The university has been provided support by the Goldman Sachs Foundation in order to enable to offer places without charge to all successful students. Cambridge shall meet all costs gained by participants comprising travel, accommodation, study school and the cost of all activities and trips.

Students at Further Education Colleges

The University of Cambridge receives applications from students who are studying at Further Education colleges with a wide range of qualifications. If students would like to verify whether the qualifications they are studying are proper for the course they wish to apply for. They may contact the admissions office at the college they are interested in. These students may email the Access Officer.

The university motivates more FE college students to apply to Cambridge and organize particular free summer schools, open days and other events to enable students to learn more about studying at the university. Students may obtain more information about these events from the Access Officer.

It is considered that some of the candidates may not be predicted the high grades needed, however, have the motivation and potential to successfully follow a course at Cambridge. The Cambridge Special Access Scheme is designed to make sure the applicants who have experienced specific personal, educational or social disadvantage may be properly evaluated.


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