Current FAQs

Arriving at King's

Arriving at King's

This page is for current King's applicants and is updated during the admissions period with answers to frequently asked questions. The more crucial page to be reading is the Applicant Information front page.

  1. Interview questions
  2. General queries
  3. Subject-specific queries
  4. International applicant queries

Interview questions
(this section is for interviews in Cambridge only)

  1. When will you send out invitations to interview in Cambridge?
    In the second half of November. Please see the invitation to interviews section in the Applicant Information for up-to-date information. Remember: fewer queries = faster invitations to interview (detail)!
  2. Will you write to me if I've not got an interview?
  3. How long do interviews last?
    Interviews won't be more than 30 mins and are normally less than 30 mins. Medicine interviews will not be longer than 25 minutes.
  4. How long do tests last?
    See the subject-specific information in the pre-interview notes.
  5. Will the content of my subject interview(s) be academic?
    Yes. For information about what to expect, we suggest that you read:
  6. I requested adjustments due to a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness. Will they be arranged for me?
    Please read the step-by-step guide on the page for students with a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness.

General queries

  1. I've missed the fee status, data protection and UMS form deadline (5 Nov). May I send it by email?
    No. Please send your fee status, data protection and UMS form by post (not by email), even if you are an international student. We will put it in your file when it arrives, and we will continue to consider your application. Please do not sent us emails about the fee status, data protection and UMS form - just put it in the post.
  2. All questions about tests
    If you have questions about  tests in your subject, the information is in the pre-interview notes in the Applicant Information section.
  3. What if I've made a mistake on an application form?
    If you find that there's a mistake at this stage, please email us (remember: name, subject, UCAS number at the start) with details and we will put the information in your file.
  4. Is there anything else I need to send for my application?
    Sorry - we cannot answer such questions. We have provided full information. We need you to read it and take responsibility for your application. If you are feeling worried about the application process, you might like to find a willing relative, guardian or friend to read the how to apply page and the Applicant Information with you, and check that you're on track.

Subject-specific questions

Chemical Engineering via Natural Sciences:
Do we have to bring a notebook with experimental work in for the Natural Sciences side of the interview as mentioned in the 'Pre-interview notes'?
Yes - when we explain that candidates for Chemical Engineering via Natural Sciences will be assessed in the normal way for Natural Sciences candidates, we mean that you need to read the Natural Sciences pre-interview notes - it all applies to you.

Will I be required to sit the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) at interview?

Applicants for HSPS will not sit the Thinking Skills Assessment, but for applicants invited to interview in Cambridge there will be a one-hour essay test set by the Director of Studies. You will be able to choose one from a range of questions in Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Politics and International Relations, Social Anthropology, and Sociology. Please see pre-interview notes for further details of written work, interviews and tests for each subject.

International applicant queries

Stansted airport

London Stansted airport (actually closer to Cambridge than to London). Credit: John Lord (cropped)

  1. I've received an invitation to interview in the UK but it has no specific date or times
    If you have received a letter from Dr Mody in the post and think that you have been invited for an interview in the UK but don't have specific times and a date, please read the covering letter again (the page on white paper with your address on it) - you have not understood the letter. The covering letter explains what the other piece of paper is.
  2. What if I will need a visa to come to Cambridge for interviews?
    We posted a document to overseas (i.e. non-EU) students on 30 October. When presented with an interview invitation, this document will enable you to get a visa (see visa details).
  3. I've received a letter about visas but I do not need a visa.
    Please ignore the letter if it is not relevant to you.
  4. I've applied for an overseas interview but there isn't much about this in the Applicant Information.
    Overseas interviews are organised by teams outside King's so you'll need to correspond with them directly for everything to do with the overseas interviews themselves. See the overseas interviews page. You will see that a lot of the information in the Applicant Information at the moment is about interviews in Cambridge as these will take place in December. Don't be put off by this - the Applicant Information is still your main source of information from us, and once the interviews in Cambridge are over, the page will look more relevant to you again.
  5. I've had my overseas interview. Is there anything else to do? When will I hear the outcome of my application?
    Please check the application process section for anything you still need to do, then see the decisions section in the Applicant Information.
  6. I've just received SAT scores. How do I send them to King's?
    Please see this information on our transcript page.
  7. What does the application process involve?
    It's all set out on the how to apply page - an overview at the top then detailed information about each step underneath.

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