Eligibility for the Christ's Post-qualification application Advice Clinic

The Christ's Post-qualification Application Advice Clinic is part of our outreach programme and is open to students at UK state schools and colleges, regardless of whether or not you have previously applied to the University of Cambridge. 

 

You are eligible for the Christ's Post-qualification Application Advice Clinic if you meet ALL of the following criteria: 

  • You finished Year 13 (or equivalent) in a state school, academy or sixth form college this year or last year.
    If your school charges fees or if you live outside of the UK, don't worry as there is nonetheless information on the post-qualification applications page.
     
  • You have just received your summer 2020 exam results and have been awarded grades that meet or exceed the typical Cambridge entry requirements for your qualification.
    Congratulations on your excellent results!
    • For A level students our typical offers are A*AA or A*A*A, depending on which course you are applying for. There's more detail on the entrance requirements and the course requirements pages.
    • Typical International Baccalaureate offers at Cambridge usually require scores between 40 and 42 points out of 45, with 776 in your Higher Level subjects. There's more detail on the entrance requirements and the course requirements pages.
    • For students taking Scottish Advanced Highers, we look for AAA in three subjects. There's more detail on the entrance requirements and the course requirements pages.
    • If you've taken the Irish Leaving Certificate, the standard offer is based on achievement in Higher Level subjects, with H1 in subjects most relevant to the course. Courses with a typical A Level offer of A*AA generally require H1, H1, H1, H2, H2, H2; and for courses with a typical A Level offer of A*A*A, Leaving Certificate offers are usually H1, H1, H1, H1, H2, H2. There's more detail on the course requirements pages.
       
  • You are considering a post-qualification application for October 2021 entry.
    That means taking a gap year and applying in September/October 2020 for October 2021 entry. It is not possible to be considered for 2020 entry unless we have already contacted you about this (see below).
     
  • You are not eligible to be considered for 2020 entry via UCAS Adjustment
    UCAS Adjustment is only available to a small number of October 2019 Cambridge applicants who were selected for interview, meet specific widening participation criteria and then go on to exceed their required grades and are interested in a couruse we have places on. Those October 2019 Cambridge applicants who meet the widening participation criteria received information about Adjustment in the 15 January decision email, so the quick guide is: if you've not been told about it, you're not eligible. Further information is available on the university website, however, if you would like to read the detail or have questions. Any questions about 2020 entry via UCAS Adjustment should be sent to adjustment@admin.cam.ac.uk. 
     
  • You have an idea of which Cambridge course you wish to study, and have read the read the relevant course information on this website (if you are still deciding between two courses, that is fine - we're happy to discuss it as part of the clinic).
     
  • Finally, on a practical note, you must be available for an appointment at the time of the advice clinic! 
    Since the clinic takes place by skype, we are happy to talk with you wherever you are if you can get an internet connection. 
     

You are NOT eligible for the Christ's Post-qualification Application Advice Clinic if:

  • You want to start university in September/October 2020 only.
     
    • There are no places available at Cambridge for 2020 entry at this stage except for a small proportion of October 2019 applicants who have received an email confirming that they meet the widening participation criteria for UCAS Adjustment (subject to academic requirements and available places for their course). Further information about Adjustment at Cambridge is available and all questions on UCAS Adjustment at Cambridge should be directed to the central Cambridge Admissions Office (adjustment@admin.cam.ac.uk).
       
    • If you have done well in your exams and are researching other university options for 2020 entry, we recommend exploring UCAS Adjustment for places at other universities and (if relevant) UCAS Clearing. Please contact UCAS directly with any questions about Adjustment or Clearing at other universities.
       
  • You are considering a post-qualification application for Medicine and are holding an offer from another Medical School for 2020 entry.
     
  • You are not available for an appointment at the time of the advice clinic or you only find this information afterwards
    In this case, please email us instead at admissions@christs.cam.ac.uk. 
     
  • You are a parent, guardian or teacher.
    It is not possible to have an appointment on behalf of a student, however we would very much appreciate your help in passing this information on to appropriate students. 
     

Questions

Do I have to be considering an application to Christ's College, Cambridge specifically? 
Not necessarily. We are more than happy to advise prospective post-qualification applicants in general terms about their competitiveness for a Cambridge application so there is no problem if you are undecided on your College choice or if you have only just started thinking about Cambridge and have not looked into colleges yet. We are the Christ's College Admissions and Outreach Department, however, so it you are potentially interested in applying to Christ's College, we will be able to have a more specific conversation about applications to this College. 

Can I request an appointment if I am holding an offer at another university? 
Yes! If you are deciding between taking up an offer at another university and making a post-qualification application to Christ's (or Cambridge), we are happy to talk to you. 

Can I request an appointment if I applied to Cambridge last year and was unsuccessful?
Yes! It is possible to re-apply (see the information about re-applying). If you have obtained feedback from the College you applied to, it would be helpful if you could forward it to us once you have an appointment, at the time that we ask for any breakdown. 

Can I be considered for October 2020 entry? 
In the majority of cases, the answer is no. There is one exception if all of the following criteria apply to you: a) you applied to Cambridge in October 2019, b) you were interviewed c) you meet some specific widening participation criteria d) you have met some academic criteria, e) there are places available on your course. If you are an October 2019 applicant who was interviewed and meets the widening participation criteria, you received information about 2020 entry via Adjustment in the 15 January decision email, so the quick guide is if you've not been told about it, you're not eligible. Further information is available on the University website, however, if you would like more detail or have questions, and if you have further queries about Adjustment at Cambridge University, please send them to adjustment@admin.cam.ac.uk.

Will I be able to visit Cambridge / Christ's at this stage? I've missed all the Year 12 open days.
Normally we would say yes, but this year visits are not possible for any applicants, unfortunately. There is, however a set of open days in September, and Christ's also has regular webinars which include Christ's College: A look at the grounds and facilities as well as a Cambridge for Beginners session for students who have made the decision to apply quite late. Please see:

Christ's Results Advice Clinic / Post-qualification applications / Gap years