Making a valid application

Before making an application to Christ's, you should check that you know what is needed in your case to make a valid application so that we can consider you.

Tour of Christ's with the Senior Tutor

It is important to understand that in additional to the UCAS application (needed for all UK university applications) there are additional forms and requirements for an application to Cambridge that other UK universities don't have. It's very important that you read about applying carefully and find out what is needed for your application.

It's also important to check the timing at an early stage because:

  • the Cambridge application deadlines are earlier than for most other UK universities (you have to apply in September/first half of October, about a year in advance of the October when you want to start the course). Some further detail on timing is given on the when to apply page in our international students section.
  • you need to be available for any pre-interview admissions assessment needed for your course and for interviews

Please check the following table:  

What? Who needs it? What's the deadline? Notes
UCAS application all applicants

18:00 UK time on 15 October

We do not consider late UCAS applications

If you are applying for interview in Singapore or Malaysia, or for an organ (Music) award you have to apply earlier.
UCAS Reference and predicted grades for any exams not yet taken all applicants 18:00 UK time on 15 October These should be included by your UCAS referee as part of  your UCAS application

Pre-interview admissions assessment registration

(see how to register)

all applicants applying for a course that requires a pre-interview Admissions Assessment (check which courses require a pre-interview Admissions Assessment) 17:00 UK time on 1 October for Medicine applicants;
18:00 UK time on 15 October for other courses that require a pre-interview admissions assessment.
Do also keep the date of the assessment free (4 or 5 November for those applying in 2020)
COPA Form Applicants from outside the European Union (check the detail of who needs to send one) 18:00 UK time on 19 October  
Transcript for non-EU students check the flowchart 18:00 UK time on 19 October You save this as a pdf on your computer then upload it to the COPA form
SAQ Form all applicants 18:00 UK time on 22 October (or 18:00 UK time on 26 September if you applied for Malaysia / Singapore interviews)  
Transcript for UK and EU students check the flowchart 18:00 UK time on 22 October You save this as a pdf on your computer then upload it to the SAQ form

In addition to the essential requirements above, it is worth also being aware in advance that you may need to send an Extenutaing Circumstances form (deadline 22 October), and there is a form for students with a Disability, Specific Learning Difficulty or long-term illness (deadline 22 October)

After the UCAS application deadline has passed, we email all Christ's applicants on 16 October to give you information about the next stages of the application process. This is called the important information for applicants email. If you want to get ahead with some of the other things we'll ask you do do during the admissions process, the current applicants section (which supports you after you have sent your UCAS application) is published on 20 September each year.

The dates of interviews are posted

  • on the how to apply page from January each year for those applying for interview in Cambridge.
  • on the overseas interview page from mid-July each year for those applying for interview in one of the other interview locations.

Thank you for reading about making a valid application. Please now continue reading the more detailed information about how to apply, which covers the full application process including the stages after you have made a valid application. This year there is an additional page on Covid-19 disruption and applying, which we are keeping updated for you.