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University-wide Programmes


Magdalene College is delighted to be participating in the third year of the STEM SMART programme.

STEM SMART (Subject Mastery and Attainment Raising Tuition) is a widening participation initiative from the University of Cambridge in association with Isaac Physics, to provide free, complementary teaching and support to UK (non-fee paying) students in Year 12 or equivalent, who:

  • have either experienced educational disadvantage or belong to a group that is statistically less likely to progress to higher education;
  • are considering applying to Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Computer Science, or Engineering courses at university; and
  • are studying A Levels (or equivalent qualifications) in maths and science subjects.

The programme begins with a one-day online launch event, followed by weekly (remote) learning and feedback, culminating with a four-day residential event in August. Subject-specific homework and supervision continues through to admissions tests, interviews and thereafter, Year 13 examinations.

Applications for the 2024 programme are now closed.

Applications for the 2025 programme will open in September 2024 on the STEM SMART website.


ClickCambridge is an online outreach programme for Bangladeshi, Pakistani and Arab (BPA) or mixed-BPA students in Year 12 or equivalent. ClickCambridge remains the only outreach programme specifically for BPA students and we are excited to continue the programme into its fourth year. The programme involves monthly online sessions from January to June, each covering different topics or skills to help students with their A Level studies and university applications. The programme is run collaboratively by a team of Cambridge Colleges, including Magdalene.

Applications for the 2024 programme are now open.

Interested students can find out more and apply on the ClickCambridge website.


HE+ is a collaborative programme between the University of Cambridge and its Colleges, working together with groups of state schools and colleges in 20 regions of the UK. It has been running for over 10 years and has worked with approximately 25,000 students.

The HE+ project is unique in that it encourages schools and colleges to collaborate to form regional consortia and to engage their highest-attaining students in a sustained year-long programme that is designed to encourage and prepare these students to make competitive applications to top universities, including the University of Cambridge.

At Magdalene, our HE+ consortia operate within our Link Area of Merseyside. Students benefit from an annual programme which involves academic extension sessions, subject masterclasses, information and guidance about applying to university, and a visit to the University of Cambridge.

If you are a teacher at a state sixth form in Merseyside and would like more information about becoming involved in our HE+ consortia, please contact