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 page.

  1. General queries
  2. Subject-specific queries
  3. International applicant queries

General queries

  1. 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.
  2. I don't know what UMS is.
    If you are looking at the Fee status, data protection and UMS form and don't know what UMS is, it's probably because you are not taking AS and A levels. The UMS information only applies to candidates taking AS and A levels. If you are not taking these qualifications, you do not need to send any document for this.
  3. I can't find my results statement showing UMS scores / I don't have a document showing my score for X module.
    If you are an A level candidate looking at the Fee status, data protection and UMS form and you don't have a document from the exam board, please either print out the relevant page of your SAQ and ask a teacher at your school to sign it, or ask your school to write a letter confirming the scores you achieved (with the month and year of each module).
  4. All questions about written work and tests
    If you have questions about written work and tests in your subject, the information is in the pre-interview notes linked from the Applicant Information page.
  5. My essays will be late. May I send them by email?
    No. Please send them by post.
  6. What happens if my written work / fee status, data protection and UMS form is late?
    We will put it in your file when it arrives. We will continue to consider your application.
  7. If I post something to King's, how will I know that it has been received?
    Due to the amount of mail we receive at this time of year, we can't send email acknowledgements each time, however if you are sending us anything by post, you may find the guidance here useful (it applies to all mail, not only written work): written work page.
  8. Someone at my school is applying to Robinson College and she has been asked to....
    It is irrelevant because you applied to King's. All information for King's applicants is on the Applicant Information page. Don't worry if people applying to other Colleges have slightly different instructions. As long as you've read the King's information carefully and follow our instructions, you will be fine. Sometimes talking to other Cambridge applicants can be more confusing than helpful!
  9. When are you likely to be interviewing for my subject?
    There is a very provisional timetable in the invitation to interviews in Cambridge section on the Applicant Information page. This does not apply to students being interviewed overseas.
  10. 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've on track.
    • NB we try very hard to make the information on this website clear and understandable to students from every background all over the world. If you have constructive feedback about this website, do consider making a note and emailing us in early 2015 (after you have received a final decision about your application). Such feedback is much appreciated as we continue to improve and develop information for future applicants.

Subject-specific questions


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Natural Sciences

  • I've seen in the pre-interview notes that I need to bring a notebook or write-up of some experimental work/a field trip /project work if interviewed at King's. What exactly are you looking for? 
    It is entirely up to you - we have no specific requirements at all. Different schools around the world ask you to complete written work in the sciences in all kinds of different formats and for different purposes - they would all be fine. It could be a book of regular work you do to keep track of your experiment designs / results / thoughts on experiments you've done in class (even if it's just rough work) or it could be a specific project or write-up you've been asked to produce. If you never produce any written work at all for your science classes or you can't bring material for any reason, please explain this to your interviewers - there will be no problem.

International applicant queries

  1. I've had my overseas interview. Is there anything else to do? When will I hear the outcome of my application?
    Please check the grey deadlines table, then see the decisions section on the Applicant Information page
  2. I've just received SAT scores. How do I send them to King's?
    Please see this information on our transcript page.
  3. 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 30/31 October. When presented with an interview invitation, this document will enable you to get a visa (see visa details).
  4. Is it possible to be interviewed by skype?
    No - you must be available for interviews in person, either in Cambridge or at one of our overseas interview locations.
  5. What are AS and A levels?
    These are British qualifications - students sit A levels at the end of their final year at school. AS levels are taken the year before.

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