The application process

How to apply to Cambridge

It really isn’t that difficult. If you are a UK or EU applicant, you will need to submit a UCAS application naming Cambridge as one of your choices. After your UCAS application has been received you will be asked to provide additional information through a Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ), in common with applicants to many other universities. Shortly after submitting your UCAS application, you'll be asked via email to complete the online Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ). In order to make a valid application to the University of Cambridge, you must submit your SAQ by the deadline set. In the majority of cases this deadline will be 18.00 (UK time) on 22 October.

Students applying from outside the EU, and/or wish to be considered for an Organ Scholarship or an Overseas interview must submit a Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA) in addition to a UCAS application.  

Please note that deadlines for submission of the COPA may be earlier than 15th October if applicants wish to be considered for interview in particular Overseas countries.  Students must also submit their COPA earlier if they are applying for an Organ Scholarship (1st September).  Students who are required to submit a COPA should be advised to check the details and relevant deadlines in the Cambridge University Undergraduate Prospectus carefully. If you wish to be considered for interview in Malaysia, PR China or Singapore the  deadline for submission of the SAQ also carries an earlier date of 18.00 (UK time) on 26 September.

Applications to UCAS are made online using 'UCAS Apply', the web-based application package. Your school or college should have copies of all the materials you will need. If you have left school or are resident abroad, contact UCAS (see the university website for more information: http://www.cam.ac.uk).

How to Apply to Homerton

You cannot be considered for admission by Homerton College unless you include Cambridge somewhere in your list of preferences on the UCAS application, but apart from that all you will need to do is put H for Homerton as the campus code on your UCAS application.

How does Homerton decide who gets a place?

Applying to Homerton, as to every Cambridge college, is competitive. Far more apply than we can give a place to, and most of these are very good indeed at what they want to study. So we have a number of ways in which we assess our applicants to make sure we make offers to the right ones. The most important way is to look at what has already been achieved. Good grades at GCSE and in AS modules (where available) are at the heart of this for most standard applicants from the UK – though we are used to seeing many other qualification systems and discriminating between them. But we look at the whole application, using the following information:

  • Examination record to date
  • Predicted performance in exams to come
  • School reference
  • Personal statement
  • The interview

And for some subjects we may ask for written work. You can see that the interview is just the last, not the most important part of the process (though it worries a lot of people so there’ll be some more information about them next). Our aim is to assess as fairly as possible your achievement and potential, paying proper regard to your individual circumstances.