Applicant information 2014

This page is for current King's applicants (who applied in October 2014 for 2015 or deferred 2016 entry). 

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This page will help you through the process - do keep an eye on it!

Thank you for submitting a UCAS form and applying to King’s. Below you will find the information you need for the next stages in the application process. This page is now your main source of information until January. Please read the page and links extremely carefully (you'll see that there's a chronological order), bookmark it, and refer back to it regularly. It is essentially the Admissions Office notice board, and you will miss important and useful information and forms if you do not read it.

Current notes for applicants

  • 20 Oct - We have emailed all applicants for Engineering, Chemical Engineering via Engineering and Chemical Engineering via Natural Sciences today. If you have applied for one of these subjects, please ensure that you have received our message.
  • 17 Oct - We have sent all applicants an email with the subject line ' King's College, Cambridge: Important information for applicants' (to the email address that you wrote on your UCAS form). Please email us if you have not received this message.
  • Please see 16 October - what you need to know.
  • Current FAQ's: This page is updated with answers to frequently asked questions from current applicants throughout the admissions process.
  • Contacting King's: Once you have submitted a UCAS form, please start all correspondence with us with your full name, subject (including biological or physical if it is Natural Sciences) and UCAS number.  We strongly prefer contact by email. Our email address is Further details.

16 October - What you need to know.

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Please first of all ensure that you have read the how to apply page thoroughly. It sets out the application process from beginning to end. -

  • It is crucial to submit your SAQ by the deadline to make a valid application. We strongly advise applicants not to leave the SAQ to the last minute: if you have a problem, it will be too late to do anything about it (and we don't consider applications if the SAQ is late). Please send all SAQ-related questions to the SAQ Helpdesk.
  • If you are/were last at school outside the EU, you should have already submitted a COPA by 15 October in addition to your UCAS form. If you have not done this, please email us as soon as possible and we'll tell you what to do.
  • Have you been ill, had problems with your schooling, or had your studies interrupted in any way? Please read about the Extenuating Circumstances form if relevant. We are happy to continue receiving Extenuating Circumstances forms past the 15 October deadline. If this is relevant, please ask your school to send your form to us as soon as possible.
  • Students from non-UK European Union countries - please ensure that you have read the transcript page. You need to submit your transcript via the SAQ by 22 October if relevant.
  • Interview dates - please look at the provisional interview dates now.  For UK and EU students, there is a question on the SAQ re your availability. For overseas candidates, please email us if there is a serious reason why you cannot be available on some of the dates.
  • If you have already submitted your SAQ, please read After submitting your UCAS form and SAQ.

Problems with the SAQ? (Information for 15-22 October)

SAQ deadline

Your email with SAQ log-in details schould come within 36 hours after your UCAS form submission.

If you do not receive your SAQ email when you expect to, please check your spam / junk folders in case it has gone there. If you still do not find it or have problems / queries about filling in the form, please contact the SAQ helpdesk who will be happy to help (01223 333308 / It is also worth consulting the SAQ page on the Cambridge Admissions website, which includes a guide to completing the SAQ.

After submitting your UCAS form and SAQ
(Information for 22 Oct-7 Nov)

It is essential for all King's candidates to read the following page very carefully indeed and take whatever action is required: 

The pre-interview notes contain information about written work that you may have to send in to arrive by Thursday 6 November 2014, as well as details of tests and interviews for all subjects.

Deadlines after the SAQ:

24 Oct. 2014 Disability form If you have registered a disability (including dyslexia, dyspraxia, long term illness or unseen disabilities) on your UCAS form, please read this information, and complete the form.
6 Nov. 2014 Fee status, data protection and and UMS form All applicants to King's must complete and send this form (as well as the accompanying documents it requests) by post. If you are a UK student this is still a requirement.
6 Nov. 2014 Written work and coversheet(s). Please read the written work page for details of which subjects require written work, what is needed and guidelines (including details of how and where to send it). If you are being interviewed overseas we still require any written work requested for your subject.

Invitation to interviews in Cambridge
(Information for 15-30 Nov)

Interviews at King's will take place between Monday 8 December and Tuesday 16 December 2014 (inclusive). Please keep these dates free.

The document above tells you which dates we expect to interview for each subject. These dates are provisional and may change. It is important to keep 8-16 December free.

Interview helpdesk

King's students running a helpdesk for interview candidates

The initial assessment of your application and scheduling of interviews and tests will take us some time. We will write to you in the second half of November to let you know if you have been selected for interview and give you your interview timetable if relevant.

We send interview invitations (or letters to say that you have not been selected for interview) both by email and by post to all applicants. For information, we will let you know on this page when we have sent emails / letters for your subject so if anything goes astray you will know and can get in touch.

Applicants for the following subjects should have received a letter and/or email from King's: None so far. To be kept updated.

Overseas (i.e. non-EU) students will be sent a document by post which, when presented with an interview invitation, will enable them get a visa. If you are currently studying in an EU country but would need a visa to enter the UK for an interview, please email us as soon as possible to let us know.

For applicants who are invited to an interview in Cambridge
(Information for late Nov-16 Dec)

Many of the documents in this section will be added nearer the time.

January: Decisions for all applicants

We will send decision letters to all applicants who had interviews in Cambridge, overseas interview candidates, and affiliated applicants in early January. The Cambridge Admissions website has information about the possible outcomes. Further detail about when and how you will hear from us will be available nearer the time.

Contacting King's Admissions Office

Email with applicant details

Please help us to help you by including the details we need at the start of every message.

To enable us to work efficiently, we ask you to start all emails / letters with the following information:

  • Your full name (as you wrote it on your UCAS form: please do not use alternative or shortened names)
  • Your subject (including 'Biological' or 'Physical' if it is Natural Sciences)
  • Your UCAS Personal ID.

We strongly prefer you to contact us by email if possible:

Other contact details:

Undergraduate Admissions Office
King's College
United Kingdom

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