Advanced pre-university course in English Literature in Cambridge colleges
Is Shakespeare the greatest writer ever lived? What makes a piece of literature worthy of the canon? Should there be a literary canon at all? The Immerse English Literature (16-18) programme challenges you to carefully consider what makes great literary works stand out from the rest, but also to question their value and categorisation. By taking this step back, you will have a new framework to analyse, interpret, and discuss some of the most renowned literary works, whilst spending two weeks in the historic city of Cambridge.
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
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 email@example.com.
Certificate & detailed participant evaluation
Experience Oxbridge life
Enhance key academic skills
Guest speakers from previous summers
Dr Lynda Shaw
Dr Nigel Warburton
The course helped me extend my knowledge of English Literature in a lot of different areas which I had not had the opportunity to study before and in an interesting, friendly and interactive way. I came home with a list of different books I want to read and topics I want to follow up on.
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.
Meet some of our mentors and
Dylan has been both an Immerse Mentor and a College Manager twice! He's known for going the extra mile to make the Immerse experience exceptional.
Eliza's infectious enthusiasm - from the academic sessions to the talent show -means that she's a firm favourite amongst Immerse students.
Maia is a Cambridge University Theology student who participated in the Immerse Philosophy programme.
Murray is an enthusiastic Medicine student at Cambridge University, who is always eager to help Immerse students make the best of their experience.
Olivia studies Medicine at Cambridge and has a knack for making friends with each of her mentor 'family' - creating a home away from home.
Ore participated in Immerse as a student before joining the team whilst studying at Cambridge, relating her Immerse experience to new students.
Immerse™ English Literature Sample Modules
Module 1 - What Is Literary Criticism?This module examines the purpose of literature, and hence, the role of literary criticism. You will explore how individuals and societies have interpreted literature from the days of Aristotle to the present day. By the end of this module, you will have crafted your very own manifesto of literary criticism.
Module 2 - Great PoetsThis module invites you to analyse how two key poets, John Milton and T. S. Eliot, used poetry to engage with Biblical stories and themes. Specifically, you'll be asked to evaluate how Milton and Eliot’s poetry enabled provocative philosophical debates on heroism, government, and hope.
Module 3 - Influencing MeaningIn this topic, you will consider how literary structures, and physical formats of books and prints, influence their meaning. Study three different textual forms: a sonnet; an excerpt from a young children’s book from the 1780s; and a selection of texts from William Blake’s Songs of Innocence.
Module 4 - Articulating IdeasThis session will focus on the presentation of your final projects and a discussion regarding presentation, following some analysis of famous historical speeches. The discussion will encourage you to ask questions about formal essayistic structures and ask for individual feedback on your work.
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2023 Early Enrolment – Dates between July – August (set dates TBC)