How to apply
Applying to Cambridge is much the same as applying to other UK universities, but we have an early application deadline (18:00 UK time on 15 October for all courses), and there are extra things to do, such as sending in additional forms and documents, taking an admissions assessment, and coming for interviews.
This page provides information for Christ's College applicants:
- A chronological overview
- Further detail about some of the main elements
- How we support Christ’s applicants
- Further information for particular applicants e.g. international applicants, care leavers, mature applicants.
If you would like to know more about applying to Cambridge, please visit the University applications section.
An overview of the application timeline
Here is a list of dates and deadlines for the admissions process at Christ's College. Note that the application process is reviewed each year and there can be changes to forms and which subjects require a pre-interview assessment. We normally have any changes included in the info below by early July.
- There are online and in-person visits in September. See details.
- 1 September: Organ Scholarship application deadline.
- Early September: UCAS Apply opens for applications. The UCAS application must be completed first.
- 20 September (18:00 UK time): Application deadline for overseas students who need GMT+7 or more time zone interviews, with exception of candidates from China or Hong Kong. It's worth checking that your subject is included in the scheme. Following the UCAS application, look out for your SAQ log-in email.
- 20 September: current applicants section published on the Christ's website.
- 27 September: Applicants for GMT+7 international interviews submit the SAQ and transcript.
- 1 October (18:00 UK time): First registration deadline (recommended) for the BMAT (Medicine applicants) and TMUA (Computer Science applicants)
- 5 October (optional): First session in the Cambridge Applicant Webinar Series
- 12 October (optional): Second session in the Cambridge Applicant Webinar Series
- 15 October (18:00 UK time): Deadline for UCAS application
****WE DO NOT CONSIDER LATE APPLICATIONS****
- 15 October (18:00 UK time): Final registration deadline for all pre-interview assessments. Please note that open centres may set an earlier deadline for accepting entries, and it is your responsibility to check if this applies at your centre.
- 16 October: Important Information for applicants email sent to all Christ's applicants with information about the next stages of the admissions process, what you need to send when, and support from Christ's Admissions Office via the current applicants section.
- 22 October (18:00 UK time): Applicants (for all interview schemes except GMT+7) submit the SAQ (received by email after UCAS form submission), and some applicants also include a transcript.
- 22 October (23:59): Multiple further deadlines (see stage 2 in the current applicants section, once available) including the Extenuating Circumstances Form, a form & accompanying document that students with a disability, Specific Learning Difficulty or long-term illness need to send, and a form on Covid-19 disruption etc.
- 3 November 2021: Pre-interview assessments for Chemcial Engineering, Economics, Engineering, Medicine and Natural Sciences taken in schools or assessment centres around the world
- 4 November 2021: Pre-interview assessments for Land Economy, Computer Science and English taken in schools or assessment centres around the world.
- 4 November 2021: Multiple deadlines including written work and cover sheet (certain essay subjects only) and the extra questions form.
- Late November: Deadline for Cambridge interviews attendance reply form
- 29 Nov - 15 December 2021: Provisional dates for Cambridge UK interviews for Christ's applicants, including at-interview assessments in some subjects.
Covid-19 update: Interviews this year will be online in the UK time zone and if your subject has an at-interview assessment, that will also be conducted remotely. No students will travel to interview this year.
- Mid January: Winter pool takes place. A small number of applicants may be contacted and asked to attend a further remote interview.
- 25 January 2022: Decisions given to applicants by email. If you receive an offer, we then send your detailed offer letter by by email, and you will be given a link to the offer holders section (updated in late January 2022).
- 15 February: Application deadline for Choral Awards.
- 28 February: Application deadline for Instrumental Awards.
A Levels, IB and other examinations taken – including STEP for Mathematics.
- Examination results published and confirmation of conditional offers that have been met - all conditional offers must be met by 31 August (the deadline set by UCAS) unless otherwise specified.
- Some students who applied in October but did not get an offer may be eligible to be considered via UCAS Adjustment. If you were interviewed in December and did not get an offer but meet the widening participation criteria for Adjustment, we will tell you this by email in January.
Freshers’ Information emailed to successful offer holders.
The UCAS application
To apply to the University of Cambridge you must submit your application through UCAS. If you choose Christ's College in your UCAS application, we will receive your application directly and process it from there. Please note that Cambridge has an earlier UCAS deadline than most other universities, which is 18:00 UK time on 15 October for every course we offer, though candidates in GMT +7 or more countries except China and Hong Kong apply by 20 September for courses covered by the GMT+7 Scheme, and those applying for an organ scholarship must apply by 1 September. We are not able to consider late UCAS applications under any circumstances.
Applicants for many courses are required to take an admissions assessment, either pre-interview or at interview (the list of subjects that require these assessments is updated in July each year). The course-specific written assessments are designed to supplement the information in your application and provide a gauge of your abilities – to assess skills (such as comprehension and thinking skills) and, where appropriate, levels of current knowledge and understanding relevant to the course applied for.
Pre-interview assessments will take place in early November 2021 (please check whether your assessment is on 3 or 4 November). Your school or test centre must register you for the relevant assessment by
- 18:00 (UK time) on 1 October if you are applying for Medicine or Computer Science
(otherwise, you can register until 15 Oc if you pay a fee).
- 18:00 (UK time) on 15 October if you are applying for another subject that requires a pre-interview assessment
Some courses that don't require a pre-interview assessment use an at-interview assessment for which no prior registration is required. At interview assessments in 2021 will be conducted remotely as interviews are online this year.
Additional questionnaire (SAQ)
All applicants are also required to complete an additional questionnaire called the SAQ. You can only do this after you have sent your UCAS application - The SAQ log-in details are emailed to you within 48 hours of your UCAS application submission, and you must submit the SAQ by either 27 September (if applying for GMT +7 interviews only) or 22 October. There is information and guidance on the Cambridge Admissions website (see in particular the Guide to completing the SAQ), and there is a SAQ helpdesk email address to contact if you have any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org). The most common problem is that the email containing the SAQ log in details sometimes goes into people’s junk / spam folder, so do check there first if the expected email hasn’t arrived in your inbox within 48 hours.
If applying for an Organ Scholarship, check the Organ applications page for details of the process.
Support for Christ's applicants: the current applicants section
At Christ's we publish an open-access current applicants section for each year's applicants on 20 September (this is now available). This section is designed to support you from when you have submitted your UCAS application through the entire admissions process.
We email all applicants at Christ's just after the 15 October UCAS application deadline to introduce ourselves and send you to the current applicants section. This is called the Important Information for Applicants email, and it is normally sent at the end of 16 October. Introductions and explanations done, the current applicants section is then your first point of reference in October, November, December and January, since it provides details of what you need to do, sets out the arrangements and any requirements for each subject (e.g. any written work to send), answers common questions, and updates you so that you know when invitations to online interviews are sent out for individual subjects, for example. We update it most days, sometimes several times a day!
As you can see in the overview above, there are a lot of parts to the admissions process, however in the current applicants section, we break the process down into a few chunks (stages) and tell you clearly what to focus on in which time period so that it doesn't feel too overwhelming.
Of course, if you have questions that are specific to your application, or you can't find a piece of information that you're looking for, you would then email us directly. Our email address is email@example.com, and we request that you start all of your emails (every single one!) with
- Your name (exactly as you wrote it on your UCAS form),
- The course you have applied for (including 'Biological or Physical' if Natural Sciences),
- Your UCAS number (with no dashes)
- Your requested interview location if not Cambridge, UK.
This helps us to process your query as quickly as possible so that we can get you the information you need.
"I think if you take the application process step by step instead of viewing it as a whole, it’s much less stressful."
|Covid-19 disruption and applying in Oct 2021||Advice for prospective applicants considering an application in Sept/Oct 2021.|
|Applying from a background with low participation in Higher Education||If you're the first in your family to apply to university, or if you go to a school / live in an area where not that many people apply to universities like Cambridge & Oxford.|
(EU and overseas)
|If you are applying from outside the UK (this is a whole section and includes additional application support for non-UK students)|
|Updates for EU students||Keeping you updated as details are confirmed following Brexit.|
|Post-qualification applications||If you have already taken your A Levels, International Baccalaureate or equivalent qualifications.|
|Taking a gap year||If you will take a gap year between school and Cambridge.|
|UK care leavers||If you've you’ve spent time in local authority care in the UK.|
|Mature applicants||If you will be 21 or over when you start the Cambridge course.|
|Students from ethnic minorities||If you have concerns about studying at Cambridge these films with Courtney Daniella may be helpful.|
|Applying from a university||If you will be a current student at a university when you apply.|
|If you already have a degree||If you already have already completed a university degree when you apply.|
|Extenuating Circumstances||If you have circumstances that have caused educational or home life disruption or disadvantage (this covers quite a wide range of things).|
|Disability / Specific Learning Difficulty / Long-term illness||If you have a disability, Specific Learning Difficulty, or long-term illness.|
|Organ Award applicants||If you are applying for an organ scholarship (music award).|
|Teachers and parents||If you are a teacher or a parent / guardian supporting an applicant.|