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Academic Year 2020/21


Term Start Date End Date
Autumn Term 2020 Monday 7 September Friday 18 December
Half term holiday Saturday 24 October Monday 2 November
Christmas holiday Saturday 19 December Tuesday 5 January 2021
Spring Term 2021 Wednesday 6 January Friday 26 March
Half term holiday Saturday 13 February Monday 22 February
Easter holiday Saturday 27 March Sunday 11 April
Summer Term 1 2021 Monday 12 April Friday 18 June*
Summer Term 2 2021 Monday 5 July Friday 13 August

* Except for students still sitting exams

  • New students should arrive in their accommodation 48 hours prior to the start of their first term. 
  • CATS Cambridge closes during the Christmas holiday, but remains open throughout other holiday periods. Fees may apply if you wish to stay during these times. 
  • During half-term, fees for activities apply for all students on Pre-programme and GCSE courses.

Tuition Fees

  International UK and EU
Programme Per Year Per Term Per Year Per Term

A level (3 subjects), GCSE, GCSE Preparation,
Pre-programme, University Foundation Programme

£30,495 £10,165 £25,485 £8,495
Additional A level subject £4,785 £1,595 £4,785 £1,595
Academic English Programme £20,295 £6,765 £16,995 £5,665
High School Term - £11,190 - £9,215
  • All courses are subject to a £300 non-refundable registration fee and a refundable deposit of £2,200 (refundable at the end of your course subject to terms and conditions), except for the following: High School Term students (1 and 2 terms) who pay a reduced deposit of £700.

Accommodation Fees

Catered Per Year Per Term Under 16 Years 16-17 Years 18+ Years
Premium single, en-suite £18,900 £6,300 x x
Premium single, en-suite (Elizabeth House) £16,620 £5,540 x
Single, en-suite £15,750 £5,250
Self-catered Per Year Per Term Under 16 Years 16-17 Years 18+ Years
Premium single, en-suite £15,600 £5,200 x x
Single, en-suite £12,510 £4,170 x x
  • Catered accommodation fees include breakfast, lunch and an evening meal on weekdays and brunch and supper at the weekend during term time. Day students or self-catered students will need to purchase any meals required. College policy is that all students aged under 18 are catered.

Summer Programmes 2020

Courses Arrival Dates Departure Dates Package Price*
Oxbridge Preparation Programme Sunday 28 June  Sunday 19 July £3,750
STEM Programme Sunday 28 June Sunday 12 July £2,700
STEM and English Sunday 12 July Sunday 26 July  £2,700

*  Price includes accommodation, three meals per day and airport transfers.

Airport Transfers

Heathrow £195 Gatwick £195 Stansted £115
  • Students under 16 require an unaccompanied minor service and will incur an additional £75 fee. 

Additional Costs

The majority of student costs are included in CATS fees but below are items that will be charged additionally, depending on programme of study and student requirements.

Compulsory costs will be invoiced during the relevant term. Optional costs are generally payable in advance of the activity taking place. Parental permission will be sought for optional costs over £100.

Cost type Relevant items Cost indication
Compulsory costs UCAS application £65
IELTS Exam fees* £200 (students may be required to take this more than once)
UFP exam fees▴ £120 per subject
GCSE exam fees*▴ £40-£80 per subject
Other academic exam fees*▴ £60-£120 per subject (depending on programme)
Field Trip for Biology and Geography A Levels Around £250-£350
* Exam fees are set by the exam boards and are subject to change.
▴ Our cost includes the postage of certificates (UK or overseas).
Optional costs One to One lessons / Additional Learning Support sessions £75 per hour
Day or weekend trips (e.g. to London or Paris or optional class field trips) Around £30 (day) - £400 (weekend) depending on destination and length of trip
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award; Bronze, Silver or Gold options Gold: arranged independently - circa £750 / Silver: £300 / Bronze: £275
Half term / holiday trips (e.g. Florence, Madrid or Berlin Christmas market ) Around £600-£1000+ depending on destination and length of trip
Graduation Ball £40
Accommodation over Easter holidays (catered): Without Revision classes / With Revision classes £450 / £350 per week
Accommodation over Easter holidays (self-catered): Without Revision classes / With Revision classes £350 / £250 per week
Activity programmes in holidays (half terms or Easter)** £200 per week
UFP exam full remark £300 (refunded if the mark changes)
UFP exam clerical error check £75 (refunded if the mark changes)
**compulsory for under 16 year olds staying during the holidays.
NB accommodation is free during half term holidays.
Consequential costs Replacement ID cards or room keys £5 (ID card) and £35 (room key)
Tampering with smoke alarm £100
Any damages to college/boarding property As necessary

Other Costs You May Incur

These costs will vary and will generally not be charged by the College. Some of the costs will not be relevant and will depend on the course and the specific subjects you take. Some items can be bought second hand or borrowed so prices are only examples.

Relevant items Cost indication
Books Approximately £200 per year
Scientific calculator Approximately £75
Laptop £250+
Travel costs As required. It is possible to walk or bicycle to most places in Cambridge
Visa costs (including Immigration Health Surcharge)*** £700+ for Tier 4

*** International students will be required to pay visa application fees, and associated fees as required - such as the Immigration Healthcare Surcharge, Tuberculosis tests, fees to renew or extend a visa etc. These fees are set and charged by the UK government and are subject to change.

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