The Cambridge Edge

World class super-curricular education in the heart of Cambridge, provided by Cardiff Sixth Form College, Cambridge

Introduction

Welcome to Cardiff Sixth Form College Cambridge’s dedicated site for The Cambridge Edge.

This is the name we give to our world-class super-curricular offer.  Located in the heart of one of the world’s premier academic cities, our college aims to tap in to the vibrant academic and technological life of this university city. From DNA pioneers to modern tech giants, Cambridge has so much to offer for passionate and inquisitive STEM students. Our A-Level content is enhanced by students visiting university lectures, enjoying talks by leading experts and benefitting from work experience at top employers. We complement this with a bespoke alumni mentoring programme, trips to world-class scientific and engineering sites such as the Rutherford laboratories, Silverstone racetrack and many more. Meanwhile, our students dedicate themselves towards world class projects like our Nuclear Fusor.

That’s Cambridge.

That’s the Cambridge Edge.

Events

Please note that the list below contains past events which will no longer be active.

Event   7th Jun 24 @ 13:30

The Engineering & Design Institute (TEDI) Year 12 Summer Workshop

Computer Science Engineering Physics Engineering Sustainability

As part of the Dukes Sustainability Week 2024, six aspiring engineers from Cardiff Sixth Form College Cambridge will be attending the TEDI Year 12 Summer Workshop. During this work shop our students will learn how their creative problem solving can make a big impact on the future of our planet. Previous workshops have seen students build remote model vehicles and scooters from recycled newspaper!

Event   1st May 24 @ 16:15

Parasites and their adaptation to their hosts and tissue niches

In this week’s Crossing the Road Guest speaker Dr Katerina Artavanis-Tsakonas from the Department of Pathology at the University of Cambridge, gave a presentation on how parasites have adapted intricate mechanisms of avoiding host immune responses, limiting tissue damage, and modulating their immediate surrounding to support their presence.

Event   29th Apr 24 @ 19:00

What to do about plastics?

chemistry Engineering Lecture University of Cambridge

What to do about plastics? Professor Jonathan Cullen's talk draws from five years of research at Cambridge, aimed at understanding the GHG impact of plastics across the full lifecycle (production, use and disposal) and exploring all possible options for mitigating the carbon impacts of plastics production.

Event   20th Apr 24 @ 09:00

Dukes Leadership Adventure Day

adventure leadership

As part of the Dukes Leadership Award, our year 13’s are heading off to Thetford Forest for a day of adventure, bushcraft and canoeing!

Event   26th Mar 24 @ 18:00

Cambridge Festival Lectures

Biology Cambridge Festival Guest Speaker Medicine

Do you know what causes depression? What to eat so gut bacteria help your brain, mood, learning? Why sleep, exercise, stress are key? Hosted by the Cambridge Festival, this captivating talk will be sure to spark the interest of future medics, psychology, and biology students.

Event   23rd Mar 24 @ 13:30

Can you blow up the Sun? and other dastardly space questions

Astrophysics Cambridge Festival External speaker Lecture

University of Cambridge New Museums Site , Lecture Theatre A New Museums site Bene’t Street, CB2 3PT Join astronomer Dr Matt Bothwell as we answer all these questions (and more!)...

Event   23rd Mar 24 @ 11:00

The Force Awakens:Quantum Collisions

Cambridge Festival External speaker Lectures Maths

Large Hadron Collider experiments at CERN have discovered the Higgs boson, the final missing piece of the Standard Model of particle physics. In this highly interactive talk, Professor Ben Allanach...

Event   15th Apr 24 @ 09:00

Sizewell B Nuclear Power Station Visit

Educational Visit Engineering Physics

This April our students will visit the UKs only pressurised water reactor. Through interactive exhibitions and an expert lead tour of the Nuclear PowerStation, we will discover what it takes to work in the industry and how nuclear fusion is used to create low carbon energy.

Event   20th Mar 24 @ 14:00

Nuclear Technology Symposium

Electrostatic Confinement Fusor Engineering Guest Speaker Physics

Cardiff Sixth Form College are hosting The Nuclear Technology Symposium this month. We will be showcasing our very own Inertial Electrostatic Confinement Fusor (IECF) and hearing from guest speaker Professor Eugene Shwageraus, Professor of Nuclear Energy Systems Engineering at Cambridge University.

Event   15th Mar 24 @ 09:00

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Particle Physics Masterclass 2024

Guest Speaker Online Workshop Physics

In this interactive masterclass lead by the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) we will hear talks by leading Particle Physicists from RAL and CERN, go on a virtual tour of one of RAL’s particle accelerators (the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source and Diamond Light Source) and use data from the Large Hadron Collider to find a Higgs Boson with staff from RAL’s prestigious Particle Physics Department.

Event   8th Mar 24 @ 16:30

Women In STEM

Medicine Neurology Physics

To Celebrate International Woman’s Day, we welcome guest speakers Irene Abril Cabezas, Hatice Ozkan and Dr Paula Heister to our college to hear about their contributions to Physics, Neurology and Medicine.

Event   8th Feb 24 @ 17:00

Blast Engineering at the Cavendish Laboratory

Engineering External speaker Physics

Explosions release a tremendous amount of energy over a very short time scale, far beyond what buildings are typically designed to resist. In this external lecture, we look at the challenges of blast protection a subset of civil engineering that focuses on making buildings and infrastructure safe against the damaging effects of explosions.

Event   7th Feb 24 @ 18:00

Alumni Mentoring Event

Alumni Talk University entrance

Our Year 12 students were lucky enough to meet their alumni mentors on 7th February for our university application panel discussion. Many thanks to Letitia, Miles and Alex! Our alumni fielded questions on a range of UCAS, Oxbridge and Medicine-related topics. The only challenge was getting all the fascinated students to leave the building on time. Well done, students and alumni alike!

Event   15th Feb 24 @ 00:00

TEDX, Cardiff Sixth Form College

PUBLIC SPEAKING TEDX Trip

TEDx events are fun, imaginative, and inspiring. Designed and organized by young people, these events bring ideas worth spreading to all ages. Join us at this year’s TEDx Talk in Cardiff with a student guest speaker from CSFC Cambridge! There is a fee for attending this event so please ask permission form your parents before signing up.

Event   15th Feb 24 @ 09:00

Enrichment Week – The National Museum of Computing Workshops

Computer Science Enrichment week Trip

The National Museum of Computing Workshops 15th February 2024 ~09:00 – 17:00 Join the expert lead workshops on: • Data Representation - In this interactive workshop you will discover how data representation has developed throughout history. Explore Binary, hexadecimal and Von Neumann architecture then work through some real-life coding problems. • AI & Robotics - Debate the Ethical implications of AI programming and barriers to inclusive legislation. • Hands-On-Hardware - Choose between building virtual circus or Disposing of a bomb using VR headsets! You will also have the chance to explore the National Museum of Computing which houses the largest collection of functional historic computers in the world, including a rebuilt Colossus, the world's first electronic computer and the WITCH, the world's oldest working digital computer.

Event   19th Feb 24 @ 13:00

Enrichment Week – Freud and Dreams Online Workshop

Online Workshop psychology

Monday 19th February 13:00 (Enrichment week) Lead by the Freud Museum London, this interactive workshop uses sample dreams, to closely follow how Freud built his theory of dream analysis. With plenty of time for discussion and debate, dream analysis is one of the bast ways to apply Freud's theories into practice.

Event   20th Feb 24 @ 09:00

Hunterian Museum – Enrichment Week – Medicine

Enrichment week External Trip Medicine

Join us as we discover England’s largest public display of human anatomy and over 2,000 anatomical preparations from John Hunter’s original collection alongside instruments, equipment, models, paintings, and archive material. Through this extraordinary exhibition you will travel through the history of surgery from ancient times to the latest robot-assisted operations.

Event   28th Jan 24 @ 09:00

Model United Nations

External Competition MUN

Represent our college at the Model United Nations competition, Bristol Grammar School. Speak to Mr Sweet for details.

Event   27th Jan 24 @ 08:00

Cambridge Union Schools Debating

Debating External Competition Oracy

Update! Congratulations to our Year 13 students, who won the Cambridge Round! CSFC Cambridge will send several teams to this important debating competition - speak to your teachers about taking part. On January 27th, we will lock horns with rival school teams to take part in this prestigious debating competition. Speak to Mr Sweet for more details! This is what the debate organisers have to say: "Organised annually by the Cambridge Union – the oldest debating society in the world – the Cambridge Schools’ Debating Competition (“Cambridge Schools”) is one of the world’s biggest schools debating competitions in the world. Every year, thousands of talented debaters across the world compete for the opportunity to travel to Cambridge to participate in Finals Day, and ultimately for the prestigious honour of being named Schools’ Champion. The Competition offers an excellent opportunity for students to develop their public speaking and critical thinking skills and is not to be missed!"

Event   23rd Jan 24 @ 09:00

Bletchley Park – Mathematics and Computer Science

Computer Science External Trip Mathematics

Visit the famous Bletchley Park with the Computer Science and Mathematics Departments. The home of modern computing, were Alan Turing decrypted the infamous Enigma machine, helping to end the Second World War. Learn about the development of his 'Bombe' - perhaps the first true computer. Speak to your Maths teacher for details!

Event   26th Jan 24 @ 00:00

Cambridge Chemistry Challenge

Bit of a bright spark? Test yourself against the best - Cambridge Chemistry Challenge, www.C3L6.com

Event   18th Jan 24 @ 00:00

Economics Society Talk from Professor Paul Kattuman

President of the Economics Society, Elsa Jing, hosted a talk from Professor Paul Kattuman, Director of Studies in Management and Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University. As a preeminent Econometrician, Prof Kattuman explained how he used economic principles to devise a model that was used to successfully predict covid cases, initially the East of England, then for the whole of England and India.

Event   18th Jan 24 @ 18:00

How to build a nuclear reactor

External speaker Physics

Fission is a form of nuclear transmutation, when the nucleus of an atom splits into smaller and more stable nuclei. The fission process can be induced or spontaneous, and it is this induced fission which we harness across the world to produce electricity. We are entering a nuclear renaissance in the UK, with the first new nuclear power station being built in 20 years.

Event   25th Jan 24 @ 12:00

Considering a Career in Medicine?

Careers External

The two-day timetable includes: ✓ Consultant shadowing ✓ A visit to one of the Cambridge University Teaching Hospitals ✓ A tour of the clinical school and training centres ✓ Medical seminars For more information search CUH Insight Program or contact Ms. Ashworth for an application form. natalie.ashworth@ccoex.com

Event   31st Jan 24 @ 10:00

Medical Work Observation Opportunity

The Speech & Language Therapy and Dietetic Teams at the Royal Papworth Hospital Trust are looking for volunteer mealtime/feeding assistants. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in a Career in Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, or Psychology. To register your interest in this volunteering role, please contact the PALS team at papworth.volunteers@nhs.net.

Event   12th Dec 23 @ 16:00

Milner Seminars Focus on Neurodegeneration

Cardiff Sixth Form College - Milner Seminars Focus on Neurodegeneration. In person at the Lecture Theatre, Jeffrey Cheah Biomedical Centre. Tuesday 12th December, 4pm-5pm followed by Networking.

Event   7th Dec 23 @ 17:00

Passive House: Low-carbon Building

Buildings are responsible for around 30% of our national emissions," states the Government Heat and Building Strategy (HMG CP388). Lowering carbon emissions from our buildings is critical. A very efficient low-carbon building design system, known as Passive House, was developed in 1996 and has now been used in thousands of buildings around the world - both new and renovated - with great success.

Event   21st Sep 23 @ 12:00

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Oxfordshire

External Physics Engineering Trip

If you are thinking about studying physics or engineering at university, you should come on this trip. The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) conducts research in a wide variety of areas, including but not limited to particle physics, computing, lasers, energy, and space. The RAL is well known for the Diamond Light Source, the UK’s national synchrotron radiation facility.

Event   10th Jan 24 @ 10:00

Schools’ Analyst Competition

The Schools’ Analyst Competition enables students to demonstrate and expand on their existing chemistry knowledge, skills and aptitude for analytical science through practical analytical experiments based on relevant societal or industrial problems. The competition aims to provide some tasks which are relatively familiar to the students such as titrations and others which are likely to be unfamiliar, such as chromatographic separations or atomic and molecular spectroscopy.

Event   16th Nov 23 @ 10:00

Interested in a career in engineering?

Careers Engineering External Trip

Trip to Silverstone motor racing circuit and museum - the home of the British Grand Prix. We will explore the technology, design and science of race cars and look at possible careers within this industry.

Event   14th Dec 23 @ 11:00

Summer Experience Webinar

We are delighted to invite teachers, students and parents at your school to our upcoming Summer Experience webinar. Meet the expert team behind our flagship Summer Experiences in London, who will walk you through all the key components of our immersive work experience programmes taking place in July & August 2024.

Event   20th Feb 24 @ 15:00

The Secret World of Health Data: What Numbers Can Tell Us

In this Catalyst Magazine Live! session Dr Elpida Vounzoulaki delves deep into her world of epidemiology to explore how medical data and statistics can predict who is at risk of certain diseases and conditions.

Event   14th Dec 23 @ 12:00

Psychology Trip – Freud Museum London

Careers External psychology Trip

On this psychology trip we will take a deep dive into Sigmund Freud’s theory of Dreams. Spaces on this trip are limited, so register your interest by email with Ms. Surensoy didem.surensoy@ccoex.com or Ms.Ashworth natalie.ashworth@ccoex.com ASAP!

Event   15th Dec 23 @ 11:00

British Neuroscience Olympiad for Teenagers

REGISTER NOW FOR BRITISH BRAIN BEE 2024 REGISTRATION FOR THE ONLINE COMPETITION FINISHES ON THE 15th OF DECEMBER, 2023. The Online Competition will take place on 27-30 December, 2023. The registration is now open. Students can register themselves using the QR code below and they do not need to register through the school. Who is this competition for? Psychology and biology students. Aspiring doctors, neuroscientists and students who are interested in AI.

Event   28th Nov 23 @ 12:00

Year 12 Drop Down University Entry Afternoon

Careers College Guest Speaker

St Pauls Upper Hall, Hills Road, Cambridge 12.00-13.00 - Oxbridge Applications 13.00-14.00 - lunch 14.00-15.00 - A List 15.00-15.20 - Break 15.20-16.20 - The Medic Portal

Event   19th Nov 23 @ 12:00

Investment Banking Career-experience Program

Careers Economics External Trip

Would you like to gain an advantage in the ever-competitive investment banking job market? Learn from high-ranking finance professionals at the Investment Banking Career-experience Program.. Sunday 19th November 2023

Event   16th Nov 23 @ 00:00

Silverstone racing circuit and museum – engineering trip

chemistry Engineering Physics Trip

Interested in a career in engineering? Trip to Silverstone motor racing circuit and museum – the home of the British Grand Prix. We will explore the technology, design and science...

Event   31st Oct 23 @ 10:00

Engineering Experience Programme at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Careers Engineering External Trip

In the following weeks, you will be supported with your project with four online webinars, covering some of the key skills needed to complete the project successfully, as well as a number of online mentor meetings. The programme’s celebration event will take place on Wednesday 27 March 2024.

Event   27th Oct 22 @ 12:00

Institute of Astronomy Cambridge University School Trip

Careers External Physics Trip

We are visiting the Cambridge University Institute of Astronomy in the evening. The evening will begin with a lecture by Dr Matt Bothwell, followed by a look through their main telescope (pictured above). With a bit of luck it will be a clear night and you will be able to see some astronomical objects in detail.

Event   31st Oct 23 @ 13:00

Effective Field Theories in Particle Physics: a Mathematical Bridge to the Unknown

This research seminar will examine a number of open fundamental questions about the structure of the proton and the origin of our Universe.

Event   17th Oct 23 @ 13:00

Cancer, Immortality, and Christology: The Theological Resonance of Henrietta Lacks

This research seminar will examine the case of a woman diagnosed with cervical cancer, whose cancer cells continued to replicate. In what ways is she immortal? In what ways does her death save humanity? In what ways is her death unjust?

Event   14th Oct 23 @ 10:00

Big Biology Day – Hills Road Sixth Form Cambridge

Biology Careers External Trip

A free, fun-packed, educational day of biology • Get hands-on with science activities • Talk to research scientists, health professionals and other experts • Learn about different careers in biology • Meet birds of prey Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge CB2 8PE NO PARKING IS AVAILABLE ON SITE.

Event   12th Oct 18 @ 00:00

A lecture by Professor Sir Tom Blundell Hon FRSB, University of Cambridge

Biology External speaker

During this lecture, attendees will have the opportunity to learn how one can engage and contribute to society through science, politics, entrepreneurship, and public service. This event is open to all and will be of interest to many including students, postdocs, academics and the public. .Friday 20th October, from 17:00-18:00 Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre, 29 Lensfield Rd, Cambridge CB2 1ER

Event   7th Nov 23 @ 18:00

Seeing Early Cancer in a New Light

Prof Sarah Bohndiek - Early diagnosis of cancer is vital, yet early signs can be tricky to spot with current technologies. This talk will showcase some of the exciting new methods from medical physics that we hope will overcome these challenges in the hospitals of tomorrow.

Event   6th Oct 23 @ 00:00

Renaissance Scholars Symposium

College Engineering Guest Speaker Project

CSFC Cambridge hosted the fifth annual Dukes Education Renaissance Scholars Symposium on 6th October. The symposium brings together students from six different sixth form colleges within the Dukes umbrella, including of course our friends from CSFC Cardiff.

Event   24th Mar 23 @ 17:00

Chemistry Talk

This year’s Alex Hopkins Lecture is given by Professor Ben Feringa, who was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on the development of molecular machines. This presentation focuses on Professor Feringa’s journey in the world of molecular switches and motors, the process of discovery and his personal experiences through his scientific career. In particular, he will address how fundamental questions and molecular beauty have guided him on this journey.