How to Apply
In order to apply to study here, you must submit an application via UCAS by 15th October in the year before you plan to start university (ie, apply by 15th October 2022 for a course starting in October 2023). All Cambridge applicants are then required to submit two more forms: My Cambridge Application and the Additional Applicant Information Form (links to these forms are sent to applicants after they have submitted their UCAS application). ead a clear overview of How to Apply on the University website.
On this page you'll find tips from our Admissions Office to help you prepare an application and know what to expect at the interview.
Dr Michael Sutherland, Admissions Tutor for the College, unpacks the admissions process and explains what we're looking for in a competitive applicant
- Timetable and Deadlines
- The Personal Statement
The UCAS personal statement is your chance to tell us (and other universities): why you? What makes you a good candidate for a place in your chosen subject? Why do you want to study it?
At Cambridge we’re keen to hear how you pursue your interest in the subject – not just in class but independently too. This could involve: extra reading, attending lectures (including online lectures) and academic competitions, such as the UKMT for mathematics. Tell us about these kinds of ‘super-curricular’ activities throughout your personal statement. Any competitive university is more interested in these than in extracurricular pursuits such as sports, music or drama. For students applying to medicine, it's useful to reflect on what you've learnt and experienced during relevant work experience, voluntary work or shadowing placements. We realise that it may be hard for you to arrange this in light of the pandemic, but the medical school has put together a resource to offer some guidance on the situation.
If you’re applying for different courses at different universities, you might find it hard to tailor your UCAS personal statement accordingly. Don’t worry – after you submit your UCAS application, you also complete a Cambridge-specific additional questionnaire called 'My Cambridge Application'. This includes space for an additional personal statement if you’d like to write specifically about the Cambridge course.
For more tips on writing your personal statement, have a watch of our personal statement focused admissions workshop, recorded in June 2021.
- Subject by Subject Requirements
- Submitting Written Work
For some courses, particularly arts and humanities subjects, you may need to submit written work during the application process. We usually ask for one or two marked essays, written as part of your schoolwork rather than especially for Cambridge admissions, and ideally written recently.
We ask for written work so we can see how you write and formulate an argument, and also how well you’ve been taught – which is why we ask for it to be marked. Often an interviewer will ask questions about this work, so it’s a good idea to keep copies and re-read them before the interview to refresh your memory.
Look at the Submitting Written Work page to see this year's requirements.
- Admission Assessments
Assessments requiring pre-registration
The following subjects require you to pre-register in order to take them: Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Natural Science. Admissions assessment registration deadlines for 2022 have been confirmed and are available on the pre-registration assessment pages of the University website.
Important notice for applicants: Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing (CAAT) have made some changes to the registration deadlines and dates this year, for written assessments for which pre-registration is required. All applicants for courses with a CAAT administered assessment must be registered by no later than 30 September 2022. Late registration will not be possible and may result in the application being invalid. Applicants should speak to their school or college to ask if they can administer the assessment. If this is not possible, there are a number of open centres around the world. Please make contact as soon as possible in case the preferred centre is full.
The admissions assessments will take place earlier this year. BMAT and TMUA will take place on Tuesday 18 October 2022 and all other Cambridge admissions assessments (NSAA and ENGAA) will take place on Wednesday 19 October 2022.
College registered assessments
The following subjects require you to take a College registered assessment: Archaeology, Architecture, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Languages assessment if applicant is applying to study a European language), Classics (3-year), Classics (4-year), History and Modern Languages (Languages element only), History of Art, Linguistics, Music, Modern and Medieval Languages, Philosophy, Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion.
You do not need to register separately for these assessments. If you are invited for an interview, we will give full details of the assessment that you will be required to take.
To find out more about admissions assessments see www.cam.ac.uk/assessment
- Preparatory Study for Interview
Some applicants are asked to study a piece of writing or a set of problems in advance, to then be discussed at interview. This could be an article or essay for History, a translation for Modern & Medieval Languages or a set of questions for Physics or Mathematics. These readings aren't part of a test or exam – they simply act as a starting point for discussions in the interviews. You will be given a set amount of time before each interview to complete the reading and prepare for your interview. If you require extra time for this, please be in touch with the Admissions Office in the first instance.
- The Interviews
The interviews are a great opportunity for you to show us your ability, aptitude and interest for your chosen subject.
At Corpus we interview around 75-80% of candidates, mostly in the first half of December. Where possible, we try to give you at least two weeks notice before the date of you interview.
Most subjects will have two interviews, conducted by subject specialists, and there are usually two academics in each interview. These interviews will be held via Zoom this year and more details will be circulated if you are invited to interview.
What do the interviews involve?
The interviews often take the form of mini-supervisions (College-based teaching sessions) where we look to see how you’re likely to respond to this style of teaching.
The type of interview varies depending on the subject. For example, in a maths or science interview, you should expect to do some writing such as solving equations or sketching curves. For a humanities subject, you’re likely to be given a text for discussion during the interview.
Please remember the process is less about ‘getting the right answer’ (there may not even be one) and much more about showing how you can work towards a solution to an unfamiliar concept or problem.
This video from the Cambridge Admissions Office gives you a great sense of how we usually conduct admissions interviews.
Tips for getting ready for interview
- Carefully re-read your personal statement and any written work you have submitted.
- Think in detail about the course at Cambridge. What about it attracts you and matches your aptitudes and interests?
- Revise what you have already studied and try to read and further develop your interest in the subject.
- Be prepared to talk about academic work you’ve completed in the last year or two.
- Expect to be asked focused and challenging questions, which reflect the style of teaching and learning at Cambridge.
- Want to find out more?
Take a look at answers to frequently asked questions and browse our media collection for insights from academics and the Admissions Team at the College. We have also curated a number of resources to help you through the application process. If you have a question and can't find the answer within our website, please be in touch with the Admissions Coordinator or the School Liaison Officer.