Post-qualification Application Advice Clinic (for 2021 entry)

Each year, Christ's offers an opportunity for students who have achieved or exceeded the Cambridge offer at a UK state school, are interested in the possibility of taking a gap year and submitting a post-qualification application, and would like advice from a member of the Admissions team on their competitiveness as a candidate.

As part of our outreach programme at Christ's, we offer an "advice clinic" (skype appointments) for students at UK state schools who have done better than expected in their summer 2020 exams, and are now considering the option of taking a gap year and making a post-qualification application to Cambridge in October 2020 for October 2021 entry.

The clinic takes place just after A-level (and other) results day in mid-August. Of course, students who have just received results for other qualifications such as the Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Advanced Highers or the International Baccalaureate are equally welcome to use this service!

If you are from a school, academy or college that does not charge fees, have just been awarded high grades, and are considering a post-qualification application to Cambridge, please read the clinic eligibility page carefully. Students who meet these criteria will be eligible to request a skype appointment to be advised on whether they might be considered a competitive applicant for one of the Cambridge courses.

This advice clinic is not affiliated with the 2020 entry UCAS Clearing or Adjustment services. Advice will be aimed at students thinking of taking a gap year and applying in October 2020 as a post-qualification applicant for October 2021 entry.

Each student will be allocated a 10-minute slot with a member of the Christ’s Admissions team via Skype. ​​​Details of your results and university subject interests must be sent to us in advance by filling in the online request form (available on this page at the time) after receiving your results, to ensure any advice we may give can be considered and tailored to the individual. The online request form for this results clinic will be published on this page on the dates given in the timetable below.

August A-level (and other!) Post-qualification application advice clinic for 2021 entry

Date What Further information
13 August 2020

A-level and other grades published in the UK. (IB and Scottish Advanced Higher results are published a bit earlier). 

If you have any questions about receiving results, please contact your school. We realise that this year, grades are being calculated in most cases as you were not able to sit exams.
13 August 2020 The appointment request form will be available here with deadline of 9am 17 August Very many congratulations to have put yourself in a position to consider a Cambridge post-qualification application! Please take time to think, check your eligibility for the results clinic, and read about the relevant Cambridge course on this website before requesting an appointment. You will also need to check your skype account details / make a skype account before completing the form - see the Skype appointments information.
17 August Emails sent confirming appointment times and details for appointments for students who complete the request form by 9am on 17 August Please note that it will take us some time to organise the appointments. See 'current notes' below for confirmation when we have sent all the emails. If you completed the form by 9am on 17 August but can't find your email once we've sent them all, please check your spam and junk folders. 
18 August, 12 noon UK time Please send a copy of your results breakdown, if you have one. In order to give you the most appropriate advice, it is useful to us to see any detailed information about examination performance that you might have.  Therefore, if your results statement includes any further information about your performance (e.g. a breakdown of scores), please scan a copy (or send a photograph if you can't do that) of your results form and email it to  Please use the following format for the email subject line:
SURNAME / First Name / Subject Interested In / Advice Clinic Appointment additional information
If your results statement does not include any additional information, you do not need to email anything to us.
19 - 21 August 2020 Skype appointments Please see the Skype appointments information for details of how these work. 
Within a week of your appointment We will send an email to all students who had an appointment.  This will contain more information about applying to Cambridge for those who need it.

Current notes:

  • Dates for the 2020 advice clinic have been confirmed: Wed 19 - Fri 21 August (sorry - you will not be able to choose the day)
  • We realise the results this year will be calculated in the vast majority of cases (a few international students may sit exams), and we will be happy to advise you on the basis of the calculated results. Eligibility for the clinic still requires you to have calculated results that meet the standard Cambridge offer for your subject.
  • You may also find the following page helpful: Coronavirus disruptions and applying this year

"I would recommend this amazing service to anyone. The feedback was personal and tailored to my circumstances and whilst honest, was also friendly and encouraging. It was invaluable in helping me to organise my thoughts and plan my next steps"

Aneira, applied to Newnham College, Cambridge and now holding an offer there.

"The Christ’s post-results clinic was an invaluable experience. I received an honest assessment of my application and some great tips to improve it. It gave me the confidence to apply to Cambridge!” 

Arran, a current student at Christ's College, Cambridge