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Cambridge Criminology Course (Ages 16-18)

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2 weeks • July 2024
Gain advanced pre-university insights into Criminology at Cambridge University colleges
Prepare for your future on the Immerse™ Criminology programme.
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Advanced Pre-University Criminology Summer Programme in Cambridge

Explore the fascinating world of criminology with the Immerse Education Criminology Summer School programme. Spend your summer analysing criminal psychology, investigating criminal justice systems, and gaining hands-on experience with real-world applications of criminological theory. While in the heart of Cambridge, engage with leading experts, examine criminal case studies, and discover how we can build safer, more just societies.

Immerse Education’s Criminology Academic Insights Programme is well suited to 16-18-year-olds interested in studying criminology. Our summer school program offers the perfect opportunity to deeply explore the subject before pursuing more advanced study.

Criminology Summer Course For High School Students

The Immerse Education Criminology program aims to provide a comprehensive overview of criminology. It covers various aspects of crime, its effects on society, and how the justice system works. Participants will explore the definition and different types of crimes and how social, economic, and political factors can influence why people commit crimes.

A significant part of the programme will focus on understanding the criminal justice system, including its theories, policies, and practices, and how these impact how we respond to crime and help victims. Students will also learn about the history and evolution of policing, its ethical considerations, and how it relates to diversity in society. We will address social inequalities, particularly looking at how economic disparities can lead to criminal behavior.

By the end of the programme, students can expect to have developed new skills, including critical thinking and analytical abilities. They will also gain in-depth knowledge that can inspire further study at a university level and prepare them for future careers in the field.



Learn directly from expert academics from world-class universities

You will explore novel concepts and share ideas in small groups of like-minded and ambitious peers from around the world. In small class sizes averaging 7 students, you will be guided by expert tutors who have honed their expertise through teaching undergraduate students at world-class universities, including the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, and Harvard.

Our rigorous vetting process guarantees that all participants are taught by engaging and supportive educators who are, most of all, enthusiastic about sharing their expertise to ensure our summer school teaching is of the highest quality. Immerse™ is an unrivalled academic experience.

  • Average class size of 7

    Maximum class size of 10 students
  • 1:1 tutorials

    Supportive, challenging and engaging
  • Academic workshops

    Develop a practical understanding of your subject
  • World-class tutors

    Academics from Oxford and Cambridge

Boost your confidence and develop key attributes in academic skills workshops

Our workshops are geared towards unlocking participants’ potential, giving them the tools to prepare for the next steps of their education and future goals. Build upon existing study skills to support future university-level learning.

These workshops explore a diverse and enriching range of topics – past examples have ranged from ‘Productivity tips’ to ’21st Century Technology Skills’. We’re sure that you’ll learn something completely new. Unlike traditional schools, Immerse allows you to learn beyond the traditional curriculum.

This programme is designed for students with at least an upper-intermediate level of English (B2). If you are unsure if you meet this requirement, please contact

  • Certificate & detailed participant evaluation

    All participants receive an individual report from their tutor
  • Personal project or Creative portfolio

    Develop a personal project or a creative portfolio to present at the end of the course
  • Experience Oxbridge life

    Live and learn like an Oxbridge undergraduate
  • Enhance key academic skills

    Interview skills, academic writing and presentation

Guest speakers from previous summers

Each week, Academic Insights participants will hear from an influential guest speaker from a variety of inspiring backgrounds. Meet some of our previous guests:
Neuroscientist & entrepreneur

Dr Lynda Shaw

A journey in personal development - how to create your own set of tools to fast track success
Former Olympian

Abi Oyepitan

A two-time Olympian and Commonwealth Gold and Silver winning track and field athlete.
Philosopher, author & journalist

Dr Nigel Warburton

How do great people find answers to deep and meaningful questions?
Tutors & Speakers
Our Alumni Says

The Immerse programme has been one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in my whole life, to be honest! In psychology I’ve studied behavioural psychology, cognitive psychology, and we had a whole day to study gender and sexuality because it’s my tutor’s specialty.

For my personal project, I decided to do research about the correlation between the time adolescents spend on their phone and their levels of concentration. We learned about the aspects of the experiment that we could improve upon, such as the diversity of people asked, and the variation of demographics.

I really enjoyed the London and Oxford excursions, but I’d say the Oxford one was my favourite, because it looked like home for me – it reminds me of Brazil for some reason! I loved it, and London was also amazing.

Pilar C
Attended Immerse in 2022
Residential Psychology (16 - 18)

Work hard, play hard.

Action-packed social programme

Outside of lessons, we are proud to offer a busy and diverse social programme to help you get the most out of your time in Cambridge. This includes activities such as punting on the River Cam, zorb football and a murder mystery night in the college.

There are also two excursions during the programme, one day trip to visit Oxford and its constituent colleges, as well as an optional day out in London, seeing the city’s most famous landmarks as well as some free time for shopping. Those who choose not to travel to London are invited to afternoon tea in Cambridge.

Activities and excursions are run by our team of friendly mentors – whose main job is to maximise your enjoyment.

Work hard, play hard.

A unique social programme.

Experience traditional 'Formal Hall'

Formal Hall is a traditional weekly meal that takes place in every college. This is an opportunity for students to dress up, dine by candlelight in the magical surroundings of a Cambridge college’s dining hall.

As an Immerse student, you will experience formal dinner three times during your stay – once per week in Cambridge, as well as in an Oxford University college on the excursion day.

Formal hall is truly a memorable occasion, so remember to bring some smart clothes!

A unique social programme.


Live and study in a
Cambridge University College

Experience life as a Cambridge University undergraduate

All participants will be allocated to a college a few weeks before arriving, based on their dates and subject choice.

If you would like to stay in the same location as a friend/sibling – please let us know and we will do our best to arrange this, where possible.

Males and females have separate accommodation in every college, and there is wi-fi available throughout.

For more information, please visit this page.


Student Welfare & Safety

An accredited provider of academic short courses

Immerse Education is accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC), the leading mark of educational quality for the academic sector. Our accreditation with the BAC sends a positive and clear message to students and partners that they are studying with a trusted and reliable provider who has met a series of globally recognised quality assurance standards, both in terms of academic provision and student welfare.

The safety and well-being of our participants is our number one priority, and all staff undergo enhanced background checks and receive thorough safeguarding training before interacting with any students.

For more information, please visit our Pastoral Information page.

Pastoral Care

Meet some of our mentors and
college managers

All mentors on the Academic Insights programme are past/current students at Oxford or Cambridge University, whilst College Managers have experience running academic short courses. All of our support staff are background-checked and receive training in providing an unforgettable experience for every Immerse student. Meet some of our previous team:
  • Freya
    Freya is a third year Medical student at St John's College, Oxford University. She is a keen runner and cyclist and has recently enjoyed taking up college rowing.
  • Jem
  • Lily-Mae
  • Poppy
  • Photo of a female student on university grounds
Pastoral Care

Immerse™ Criminology Sample Modules

To see how the programme is structured, download the Academic Insights timetable here.
  • Module 1 - Introduction To Philosophy

    Introduction To Philosophy
    Introduction to Philosophy In this module, you will explore the history of philosophy, from the great teachings of Socrates to modern-day philosophers like Rene Descartes. We will explore general, moral and elementary philosophy in order to establish a broad understanding of the study of philosophy and how it has informed the way great thinkers have and continue to perceive the world we live in. This introductory module will form the basis of further knowledge building on the topic throughout the programme.
  • Module 2 - Introduction to Politics

    Introduction to Politics
    During the politics module, you will explore the theory of politics as an introduction to political theory, as well as the practice of politics as an introduction to comparative government and politics overall. You will also have the opportunity to explore political analysis as an introduction to empirical and quantitative methods in politics. You will further extend this foundational knowledge of politics throughout the programme in later modules.
  • Module 3 - Introduction to Economics

    Introduction to Economics
    The economics component of this programme allows students to explore microeconomics (the functioning of the market economy), versus macroeconomics (dealing with national output and employment, exchange rates and policy issues). In this part of the course, you will also have the chance to explore mathematical and statistical techniques used in economics and will be expected to apply mathematical thinking and problem-solving to practical problems.
  • Module 4 - British Politics and Government

    British Politics and Government
    In this module, we’ll take a deeper look at British politics from the 1900s to the modern day, asking essential questions about the changes in politics and the role of the government in Britain. This delve into UK political history will explore some of the UK’s most controversial leaders such as Thatcher, Churchill and Blair, while also gaining insight into how the UK’s political history may have influenced global political and social norms.
  • Module 5 - Ethics of Philosophy

    Ethics of Philosophy
    We all have beliefs about what is right and what is wrong, but where do we get those beliefs from and how are they justified? In this part of the course, you will explore the philosophy of ‘ethics’ and the theories that have been developed in philosophy to explain or interpret ethical thinking. Some of the topics you will explore include consequentialism, liberalism, virtue ethics, moral absolutism and moral nihilism.
  • Module 6 - Development of the World Economy

    Development of the World Economy
    The Development of the World Economy module gives an overview as well as a more detailed analysis of the world economy as a whole, giving students the opportunities to consider issues affecting industrial countries, developing countries, and economies in transition to the market, meanwhile addressing topics of pressing current interest.
  • Module 7 - Comparative Government

    Comparative Government
    Comparative politics is one of the subfields of political science. In this unit, students will compare and contrast power and decision-making within and across national boundaries. Students will analyze the similarities and differences between politics globally, engaging the study of political thought outside of UK and US politics. The study of comparative politics helps us to understand political events and developments in different countries, generate lessons from one place to apply in another, and develop broad political theories.
  • Module 8 - Plato's Republic

    Plato's Republic
    In this module we will take a look at The Republic, a Socratic dialogue authored by Plato around 375 BC. It concerns justice, the order and character of the “just city-state”, as well as “the just man”. The Republic is Plato’s best-known work and has proven to be one of the world’s most influential works of philosophy and political theory, which is why it remains an important piece of literature to explore in relation to both politics and philosophy. By the end of this unit, you will have a understanding of this influential piece of literature, as well as its influences on past and current politics and philosophy.
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  • 7th – 20th July 2024

13 nights accommodation in a central college of the University of Cambridge or Oxford
Breakfast and dinner included on campus (lunch included for students aged 13-15)
Accommodation in an individual bedroom
40 hours of academic sessions from Oxford University and Cambridge University tutors
Carefully designed study and lecture materials
Mentor programme and access to support material
All excursions- including formal dinner at Cambridge/Oxford colleges, punting, croquet
Comprehensive summer school insurance
2 coach excursions including a trip to London
Graduation ceremony and certificate
Detailed evaluation written by tutor
Immerse notebook and pen
Mentor family photograph
Free premium membership to UniPrepare's 'Nurture' plan


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