Pre-interview notes for King's candidates

These pre-interview notes are for current King's applicants, to be read in the context of the Applicant Information 2017.

This page contains important information about written work, interviews and tests for each subject, and any reading to prepare for interviews. Once you have submitted your SAQ, it is essential that you read this page carefully in addition to How to apply and the Applicant Information page.

General information

1. December interviews in Cambridge

Should we invite you for interviews, these will take place from Monday 4 December to Tuesday 12 December 2017. Most candidates will only need to be in Cambridge on one day. Occasionally candidates may have admissions assessments and interviews scheduled over two days. Please note that we will be unable to arrange interviews outside our scheduled interview times. Invitations to interviews will be sent out in the second half of November. It is not possible to notify any candidate of interview dates or times any earlier than this. Our tentative interview schedule for individual subjects is posted, but please note that our final dates may be different.

Interviews will be with one or more members of the teaching staff in the subject you intend to study in the first year. Unless it says differently in your subejct paragraph below, they usually last up to half an hour each. In some subjects there are also an admissions assessment or written tests to sit - details are given for each subject below, and there are interview guidelines available in this Applicant Information section.

If your travelling arrangements make it necessary to stay overnight, you will be provided with an overnight room and meals in College (both free of charge). This is only available for those travelling long distances and will be arranged closer to interview. Please do not contact us regarding accommodation at this stage - there will be a form to fill in once you have your interview time. Lunch will be available for those not staying overnight. We regret that it is not possible for family or supporters to stay or eat in College at interview times. If you have a parent or guardian accompanying you, please be aware that there will be around 10,000 interview candidates in Cambridge in the week of 5 December. Hotel accommodation tends to fill quickly. Information about accommodation in Cambridge.

2. Decisions and the January Pool

Decisions will be sent to you in mid-January. Candidates who are placed in the Pool may be invited for interview at another College in mid-January. It is important that you give us both the address and telephone number at which you can be contacted in January 2018. If you intend to be at the home address given on your UCAS form, no action is required; if you will be elsewhere, please send us details as soon as they are known. You should also let us know if you are not available for interview in January.

Email with applicant details

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

3. Correspondence with King's.

All correspondence with King's must start with three or four pieces of information:

  • Your name
    • Exactly as you wrote it on your UCAS form - please do not use alternative or abbreviated names during the admissions process.
  • The subject you are applying for
    • Please write it out e.g. 'Medicine' not 'A100'.
    • If you are applying for Natural Sciences, please always write 'Biological Natural Sciences' or 'Physical Natural Sciences'.
  • Your UCAS number
  • Your overseas interview location (if you have requested an overseas interview)

Please continue to use this format even if you write to us several times. If each and every email we receive starts like this it saves us a lot of time and enables us to respond to your messages faster.

King's will contact you from the following email address:
Please add this address to your contacts list / safe sender list (if you have one) to ensure that important emails do not go to your spam / junk folders.

Pictish stone

Pictish Stone in Angus, Scotland. Credit: S. Rae

Subject-specific information

Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic

  • Pre-interview Admissions Assessment required: All candidates in ASNC must take the ASNC pre-interview Admissions Assessment at their school on Thursday 2 November 2017. There is no fixed score that will secure you an interview and we base our decision on your whole application. Please see the admissions assessment page for further information (the registration deadline for the assessment is 15 October at 18:00 UK time).
  • Candidates for ASNC are required to send written work and a confidentiality form by post to arrive by Wednesday 8 November 2017. Please read the written work page for details. Candidates taking modular A levels are also required to enclose a UMS form to arrive by the 3 November 2017 (see the Applicant Information page). Any candidate who declared a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to submit an adjustments form by 22 October.
  • For candidates invited to Cambridge for interviews at King's:
    • You will have a single interview with the Director of Studies of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic and another member of the ASNC department.
    • There is no additional written test taken at interview for ASNC candidates.
  • For candidates invited for interviews at one of our overseas interview locations:
    • See the page for overseas interviews. If you are invited for interview, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details.

Archaeology

  • You do not need to submit any written work for Archaeology, but Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive at King's by 3 November 2017 (see the Applicant Information page). All candidates need to send a confidentiality form by 8 November 2017. Any candidate who declared a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to submit an adjustments form by 22 October.
  • For candidates invited to Cambridge for interviews at King's:
  • For candidates invited for interviews at one of our overseas interview locations:
    • See the page for overseas interviews. If you are invited for interview, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details of your interview and Admissions Assessment.

Architecture

  • You do not need to submit any essays for Architecture, but candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive at King's by 3 November 2017 (see the Applicant Information page). All candidates need to send a confidentiality form by 8 November 2017. Any candidate who declared a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to submit an adjustments form by 22 October.
  • No specific reading is required for interviews in Architecture. If you are looking for suggestions, see the reading and resources section of the Architecture page.
  • For candidates invited to Cambridge for interviews at King's:
    • You will have two separate interviews.
    • Please bring with you to the interviews a limited portfolio of selected drawings, photographs, sketches, models or other visual material which you feel best displays your general interest in design. The choice of material is up to you; successful candidates have brought paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and constructions of all kinds, particularly material that conveys a spatial and three dimensional interest; we would not, however, expect to see designs for buildings. Please be prepared to discuss the portfolio you have brought. Please see the Portfolio section on the Architecture page for further information and examples.
    • Architecture candidates invited for interview take the Architecture Admissions Assessment whilst they are in Cambridge. This will be organised by King's, and no registration is required. For part of the Admissions Assessment you will be outside. We recommend that you dress warmly for this and bring fingerless gloves. Nearer the time, you can check the expected temperature.
    • Information and forms for students invited for interview is provided in the Cambridge interviews section of the Applicant Information. Please read it thoroughly.
  • Candidates for Architecture are not advised to apply for an overseas interview - see the overseas interviews page.

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES)

Bamboo path

Bamboo path in Arashiyama, Japan. Credit: Ludovic Lubeigt

  • A foreign language A level (or equivalent) is highly desirable for this course.
  • Pre-interview Admissions Assessment required: All candidates in AMES must take the AMES pre-interview Admissions Assessment at their school on Thursday 2 November 2017. There is no fixed score that will secure you an interview and we base our decision on your whole application. Please see the admissions assessment page for further information (the registration deadline for the assessment is 15 October at 18:00 UK time).
  • All candidates for AMES are required to send written work and a confidentiality form by post to arrive by Wednesday 8 November 2017.  Please read the written work page for details. Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive by 3 November 2017 (see the Applicant Information page). Any candidate who declared a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to submit an adjustments form by 22 October.
  • For candidates invited to Cambridge for interviews at King's:
    • If you are applying for an AMES language only:
      • You will have an AMES interview with the Director of Studies at King's and one other Fellow.
      • You will also have an interview with a Faculty specialist in your particular area of interest.
      • There is no admissions assessment taken at interview for those applying to study AMES language(s) only.
    • If you are applying to combine an AMES language and a European language:
      • You will have an AMES interview with the Director of Studies at King's and one other Fellow.
      • You will also have an interview with an AMES Faculty specialist in your particular area of interest.
      • You will also have an interview (and pre-interview reading) for the European language. Please see the MML notes for details.
      • You will take the Modern and Medieval Languages Admissions Assessment whilst you are in Cambridge for interview. This will be organised by King's, and no registration is required.
  • For candidates invited for interview at one of our overseas interview locations:
    • See the page for overseas interviews. If you are invited for interview, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details of your interview (and the Modern and Medieval Languages Admissions Assessment if you are applying for a European language).

Chemical Engineering

  • Chemical Engineering is studied at Cambridge in years 2, 3 and 4. In your first year, you will study either Engineering or Natural Sciences. You therefore apply for Chemical Engineering via Natural Sciences or Chemical Engineering via Engineering.
  • Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry are required for entry to Chemical Engineering. Candidates applying for Chemical Engineering via Natural Sciences who are able to take Further Mathematics at A level (or equivalent) may choose this in place of Physics.
  • Pre-interview Admissions Assessment required: All candidates in Chemical Engineering must take a pre-interview Admissions Assessment at their school on Thursday 2 November 2017. Candidates for Chemical Engineering via Engineering take the assessment for Engineering. Candidates for Chemical Engineering via Natural Sciences take the assessment for Natural Sciences. There is no fixed score that will secure you an interview and we base our decision on your whole application. Please see the admissions assessment page for further information (the registration deadline for the assessment is 15 October at 18:00 UK time).
  • You do not need to submit any written work prior to interview for Chemical Engineering, but Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive at King's by 3 November 2017 (see the Applicant Information page). All candidates need to send a confidentiality form by 8 November 2017. Any candidate who declared a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to submit an adjustments form by 22 October.
  • Resources:
    • Applicants for Chemical Engineering via Engineering are advised to make use of the www.i-want-to-study-engineering.org website.
    • Applicants for Chemical Engineering via Natural Sciences should look at the Isaac Physics website. Many universities have admissions tests and interviews that involve solving problems. In the area of physics and mathematics the Isaac Physics website provides an opportunity to practise the necessary skills for such problems.  You may find the Core Maths for All Scientists section  particularly useful. 
  • For candidates invited to Cambridge for interview at King's:
    • Candidates for Chemical Engineering will be assessed in the normal way for Natural Sciences or Engineering candidates (see the Engineering or the Natural Sciences notes below). One of your interviewers will be a Chemical Engineering specialist.
    • Candidates for Chemical Engineering via Engineering sit the maths and physics test and have the seminar for Engineering (again, see the Engineering notes below) whilst you are in Cambridge.
    • Candidates for Chemical Engineering via Natural Sciences do not have any additional written test taken at interview.
    • Information and forms for students invited for interview is provided in the Cambridge interviews section of the Applicant Information. Please read it thoroughly.
  • For candidates invited for interview at one of our overseas interview locations:
    • See the page for overseas interviews. If you are invited for interview, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details.

Classics

Parthenon

Parthenon. Credit: Adam Witwer

  • All candidates for Classics are required to send written work and a confidentiality form by post to arrive by Wednesday 8 November 2017.  Please read the written work page for details. Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive by 3 November 2017 (see the Applicant Information page). Any candidate who declared a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to submit an adjustments form by 22 October.
  • For candidates invited to Cambridge for interviews at King's:
    • All Classics applicants invited to Cambridge in December will have two separate interviews with different King's Classics Fellows.
    • You will also have a further interview with a specialist in Classics at another College. We will include details of the arrangements for this with your invitation to the King's interviews.
    • Classics candidates take a Classics Admissions Assessment whilst they are in Cambridge for interview. The assessment is different depending on whether you are applying for the three year or the four year Classics course, and there are different topics covered for those who have studied Latin to GCSE or AS level (or equivalent), and for those who have no knowledge of the language at all. The assessments will be organised by King's and the Classics Faculty, and no registration is required.
    • Information and forms for students invited for interview is provided in the Cambridge interviews section of the Applicant Information. Please read it thoroughly.
  • Candidates for Classics are not advised to apply for an overseas interview - see the overseas interviews page.

Computer Science / Computer Science with Mathematics

  • An A level, IB Higher or equivalent in Mathematics is essential. For candidates taking A levels, AS/A2 Further Mathematics is desirable.
  • Computer Science with Mathematics: STEP offers may be made to candidates who apply for Computer Science with Mathematics. The University has launched a new online STEP Support Programme to help you to develop advanced problem-solving skills in preparation for sitting STEP. It is free and consists of online modules for individual self-study, published weekly from September 2016. There is also a discussion forum where you can ask for additional help, mentored by programme staff and Cambridge students who have taken STEP themselves. The programme is open to everyone, and we hope it will be particularly useful if your school cannot offer much support for STEP preparation. King's also provides a STEP page.
  • You do not need to submit any written work for Computer Science, but candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive at King's by 3 November 2017 (see the Applicant Information page). All candidates need to send a confidentiality form by 8 November 2017. Any candidate who declared a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to submit an adjustments form by 22 October.
  • For candidates invited to Cambridge for interviews at King's:
    • You will have two interviews, each with one or two members of the teaching staff associated with Computer Science.
    • Computer Science candidates take the Computer Science Admissions Assessment (the CSAT) whilst they are in Cambridge for interview. The CSAT lasts 100 minutes.This will be organised by King's, and no registration is required. Information and example questions are available on the course website.
    • Applicants for Computer Science with Mathematics also sit an additional one hour mathematics test. No past papers are available for this test - you simply turn up and do your best. Calculators are not permitted.
    • Information and forms for students invited for interview is provided in the Cambridge interviews section of the Applicant Information. Please read it thoroughly.
  • For candidates invited for interview at one of our overseas interview locations:
    • See the page for overseas interviews. If you are invited for interview, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details of your interview and Admissions Assessment.

Economics

  • Mathematics A level (or equivalent) is required to study Economics at Cambridge.
  • Pre-interview Admissions Assessment required: All candidates in Economics must take the Economics pre-interview Admissions Assessment at their school on Thursday 2 November 2017. There is no fixed score that will secure you an interview and we base our decision on your whole application. Please see the admissions assessment page for further information (the registration deadline for the assessment is 15 October at 18:00 UK time).
  • You do not need to submit any essays for Economics, but candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive at King's by 3 November 2017 (see the Applicant Information page). All candidates need to send a confidentiality form by 8 November 2017. Any candidate who declared a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to submit an adjustments form by 22 October.
  • For candidates invited to Cambridge for interviews at King's:
    • You will have one interview lasting up to 25 minutes with members of the Economics staff at King’s.
    • You will be asked to arrive early so that you can study a short passage (e.g. a journal article) and think about some questions for discussion during your interview. We will tell you what time to collect your pre-interview material in your invitation to interview.
    • The Director of Studies has provided some sample mathematical and analytical questions to give you a sense of the kind of material that we will ask you to think about if you are invited for an interview at King's.
    • Information and forms for students invited for interview is provided in the Cambridge interviews section of the Applicant Information. Please read it thoroughly.
  • For candidates invited for interview at one of our overseas interview locations:
    • See the page for overseas interviews. If you are invited for interview, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details.

Engineering

Forth Bridge, Edinburgh

Forth Bridge, Edinburgh. Credit: Ghost of Kuji (cropped)

  • Pre-interview Admissions Assessment required: All candidates in Engineering must take the Engineering pre-interview Admissions Assessment at their school on Thursday 2 November 2017. There is no fixed score that will secure you an interview and we base our decision on your whole application. Please see the admissions assessment page for further information (the registration deadline for the assessment is 15 October at 18:00 UK time).
  • You do not need to submit any written work prior to interviews for Engineering, but candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive at King's by 3 November 2017 (see the Applicant Information page). All candidates need to send a confidentiality form by 8 November 2017.Any candidate who declared a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to submit an adjustments form by 22 October.
  • Applicants for Engineering are advised to make use of the i-want-to-study-engineering website.
  • For candidates invited to Cambridge for interviews at King's:
    • You will have one interview with two members of the Engineering teaching staff. During the interview you will be asked some technical questions related to subjects you will have studied already (in particular Physics and Maths). These questions will extend into less familiar areas in order to explore your approach to tackling new problems. You will also be expected to explain your motivation for choosing to study Engineering.
    • In addition, you will attend a short seminar lasting 20 minutes (15 minutes for a lecture, 5 minutes to ask questions) while you are in Cambridge on an area of maths and/or physics which will be unfamiliar, followed by a written exercise lasting half an hour and based around the seminar material. In the seminar, you will be allowed to take notes (pen and paper only). You will then be given 10 minutes between the seminar and the written exercise to think about the material on your own and to make further notes if you want to. Calculators are not allowed. You won't need any more information - just turn up and do your best.
    • You will also sit a Maths and Physics test lasting 1 hour and set by the College for which, again, no specific preparation is required. No past papers are available for this test – you turn up and do your best. The test is designed to be taken by people from all over the world and in all different examination systems. Please do not worry about differences in syllabus.
    • Information and forms for students invited for interview is provided in the Cambridge interviews section of the Applicant Information. Please read it thoroughly.
  • For candidates invited for interview at one of our overseas interview locations:
    • See the page for overseas interviews. If you are invited for interview, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details.

English

Othello

Othello. Credit: frederickding

  • Pre-interview Admissions Assessment required: All candidates in English must take the English pre-interview Admissions Assessment at their school on Thursday 2 November 2017. There is no fixed score that will secure you an interview and we base our decision on your whole application. Please see the admissions assessment page for further information (the registration deadline for the assessment is 15 October at 18:00 UK time).
  • All candidates for English are required to send written work and a confidentiality form by post to arrive by Wednesday 8 November 2017.  Please read the written work page for details. Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive by the 3 November 2017 (see the Applicant Information page). Any candidate who declared a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to submit an adjustments form by 22 October.
  • For candidates invited to Cambridge for interviews at King's:
    • Prior to the interview, you will be asked to discuss a specified literary text in a small class with other English candidates. You will collect the text, and have a period of time to study it, immediately before the class. Both interviewers will attend the class.
    • You will have one interview on your own with two Fellows in English. During this interview you will have further opportunity to discuss the specified text as well as other matters arising from the class.
    • There is no additional written test taken at interview for English candidates.
    • Information and forms for students invited for interview is provided in the Cambridge interviews section of the Applicant Information. Please read it thoroughly.
  • For candidates invited for interview at one of our overseas interview locations:
    • See the page for overseas interviews. If you are invited for interview, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details.

Geography

Almnouth

Alnmouth, Northumberland. Credit: jay-jerry (RGB levels adjusted)

  • Pre-interview Admissions Assessment required: All candidates in Geography must take the Geography pre-interview Admissions Assessment at their school on Thursday 2 November 2017. There is no fixed score that will secure you an interview and we base our decision on your whole application. Please see the admissions assessment page for further information (the registration deadline for the assessment is 15 October at 18:00 UK time and you must be registered by your school or test centre).
  • All candidates for Geography are required to send written work and a confidentiality form by post to arrive by Wednesday 8 November 2017. Please read the written work page for details. Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive by 3 November 2017 (see the Applicant Information page). Any candidate who declared a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to submit an adjustments form by 22 October.
  • Applicants will not be expected to have done any specific reading for the pre-interview admissions assessment or interview. We know that school work schedules can be very busy. But for applicants who wish to advance their interests, we have provided some reading suggestions (also linked from the Geography subject page).
  • For candidates invited to Cambridge for interviews at King's:
    • You will have one interview with at least one academic from the Department of Geography.
    • You will be asked to arrive early for your interview so that you can study a short passage or map for discussion during the interview. We will tell you what time to collect your pre-interview material in your invitation to interview.
    • There is no additional written test taken at interview for Geography candidates.
    • Information and forms for students invited for interview is provided in the Cambridge interviews section of the Applicant Information. Please read it thoroughly.
  • For candidates invited for interview at one of our overseas interview locations:
    • See the page for overseas interviews. If you are invited for interview, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details.

History

  • Pre-interview Admissions Assessment required: All candidates in History must take the History pre-interview Admissions Assessment at their school on Thursday 2 November 2017. There is no fixed score that will secure you an interview and we base our decision on your whole application. Please see the admissions assessment page for further information (the registration deadline for the assessment is 15 October at 18:00 UK time).
  • All candidates for History are required to send written work and a confidentiality form by post to arrive by Wednesday 8 November 2017. Please read the written work page for full details. Any candidate who declared a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to submit an adjustments form by 22 October. Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive by 3 November 2017 (see the Applicant Information page).
  • For candidates invited to Cambridge for interviews at King's:
    • You will have two separate interviews with members of the History teaching staff.
    • There is no additional written test taken at interview for History candidates.
    • Information and forms for students invited for interview is provided in the Cambridge interviews section of the Applicant Information. Please read it thoroughly.
  • For candidates invited for interview at one of our overseas interview locations:
    • See the page for overseas interviews. If you are invited for interview, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details.

History and Modern Languages

  • Pre-interview Admissions Assessment required: All candidates in History and Modern Languages must take the History pre-interview Admissions Assessment at their school on Thursday 2 November 2017. There is no fixed score that will secure you an interview and we base our decision on your whole application. Please see the admissions assessment page for further information (the registration deadline for the assessment is 15 October at 18:00 UK time).
  • All candidates for History and Modern Languages are required to send written work and a confidentiality form by post to arrive by Wednesday 8 November 2017. Please read the written work page for full details. Any candidate who declared a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to submit an adjustments form by 22 October. Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive by 3 November 2017 (see the Applicant Information page).
  • For candidates invited to Cambridge for interviews at King's:
    • You will have two interviews as follows:
      • One interview will be a History interview with two specialists in History.
      • One interview will be with a specialist in your chosen language. If you are studying your chosen language at school (at A level / IB Higher or equivalent), you will be asked to arrive early for your language interview so that you can study a short passage in the language and sometimes some grammar exercises to discuss in the interview. We will tell you what time to collect your pre-interview material in your invitation to interview.If you are applying for Russian from scratch, you will also be asked to arrive early, but the passage we give you to study and discuss in the interview will be in English.
    • History and Modern Languages candidates applying for a language which they are studying at A level, IB Higher or equivalent take the Modern and Medieval Languages Admissions Assessment whilst they are in Cambridge for interview. This will be organised by King's, and no registration is required.
    • History and Modern Languages candidates applying for Russian from scratch do not sit the Modern and Medieval Languages Admissions Assessment.
    • Information and forms for students invited for interview is provided in the Cambridge interviews section of the Applicant Information. Please read it thoroughly.
  • For candidates invited for interview at one of our overseas interview locations:
    • See the page for overseas interviews. If you are invited for interview, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details of your interview and Admissions Assessment.

History and Politics

  • Pre-interview Admissions Assessment required: All candidates in History and Politics must take the History pre-interview Admissions Assessment at their school on Thursday 2 November 2017. There is no fixed score that will secure you an interview and we base our decision on your whole application. Please see the admissions assessment page for further information (the registration deadline for the assessment is 15 October at 18:00 UK time).
  • All candidates for History and Politics are required to send written work and a confidentiality form by post to arrive by Wednesday 8 November 2017. Please read the written work page for full details. Any candidate who declared a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to submit an adjustments form by 22 October. Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive by 3 November 2017 (see the Applicant Information page).
  • For candidates invited to Cambridge for interviews at King's:
    • You will have a History interview and a Politics interview.
    • You will be asked to arrive early for your Politics interview so that you can study a short passage for discussion during the interview. We will tell you what time to collect your pre-interview material in your invitation to interview.
    • There is no additional written test taken at interview for History and Politics candidates.
    • Information and forms for students invited for interview is provided in the Cambridge interviews section of the Applicant Information. Please read it thoroughly.
  • For candidates invited for interview at one of our overseas interview locations:
    • See the page for overseas interviews. If you are invited for interview, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details.

History of Art

The Birthday Party - painting by Walter Osborne

The Birthday Party by Walter Osborne. Credit: freeparking :-|

  • All candidates for History of Art are required to send written work and a confidentiality form by post to arrive by Wednesday 8 November 2017.  Please read the written work page for full details. Any candidate who declared a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to submit an adjustments form by 22 October. Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive by 3 November 2017 (see the Applicant Information page).
  • For candidates invited to Cambridge for interviews at King's:
  • Candidates for History of Art are not advised to apply for an overseas interview - see the overseas interviews page.

Human, Social and Political Sciences

  • Pre-interview Admissions Assessment required: All candidates in HSPS must take the HSPS pre-interview Admissions Assessment at their school on Thursday 2 November 2017. There is no fixed score that will secure you an interview and we base our decision on your whole application. Please see the admissions assessment page for further information (the registration deadline for the assessment is 15 October at 18:00 UK time).
  • All candidates for HSPS are required to send written work and a confidentiality form by post to arrive by Wednesday 8 November 2017.  Please read the written work page for full details. Any candidate who declared a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to submit an adjustments form by 22 October. Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive by 3 November 2017 (see the Applicant Information page).
  • Applicants will not be expected to have done any specific reading for the pre-interview admissions assessment or for the interview. We know that school work schedules can be very busy. But for applicants who wish to advance their interests in any of the subjects taught in HSPS, we have provided some reading suggestions (also linked from the HSPS subject page).
  • Information and forms for students invited for interview is provided in the Cambridge interviews section of the Applicant Information. Please read it thoroughly.
  • For candidates invited to Cambridge for interviews at King's:
    • You will have one interview with two members of the Human, Social and Political Sciences teaching staff. The interview will include discussion of the essay that you wrote in section 2 of the pre-interview admissions assessment for HSPS.
    • You will be asked to arrive early so that you can have another look at your pre-interview assessment section 2 essay before your interview. This will be described as 'pre-interview reading' on your invitation to interview. We will tell you what time to arrive for your pre-interview reading in your invitation to interview.
    • There is no additional written test taken at interview for HSPS candidates.
  • For candidates invited for interview at one of our overseas interview locations:
    • See the page for overseas interviews. If you are invited for interview, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details.

Law

  • You do not need to send in any essays for Law, but Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive at King's by 3 November 2017 (see the Applicant Information page). All candidates need to send a confidentiality form by 8 November 2017. In addition, any candidate who declared a Specific Learning Difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to send an adjustments form which we must receive by 22 October.
  • For candidates invited to Cambridge for interviews at King's:
    • There will be two interviews with the Director of Studies in Law and other Law teaching officers. You will be required to come half an hour early for one interview because there will be a text to study immediately before the interview, to be discussed in the interview. We will tell you what time to collect your pre-interview material in your invitation to interview.
    • Law candidates take the Law Admissions Assessment (also called the Cambridge Law Test) whilst they are in Cambridge for interview. This will be organised by King's, and no registration is required. It lasts one hour. Please see the Law course website for further details of the Cambridge Law Test.
    • Information and forms for students invited for interview is provided in the Cambridge interviews section of the Applicant Information. Please read it thoroughly.
  • For candidates invited for interview at one of our overseas interview locations:

Linguistics

  • Candidates for Linguistics do not need to submit written work, but Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive at King's by 3 November 2017 (see the Applicant Information page). All candidates need to send a confidentiality form by 8 November 2017. Any candidate who declared a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to submit an adjustments form by 22 October.
  • For candidates invited to Cambridge for interviews at King's:
    • There will be one interview. The interviewers will be the Director of Studies in Linguistics and one other member of the Linguistics department. Since we do not require any prior background in Linguistics or particular school subjects, no specific preparation is required for the interview.
    • Linguistics candidates take the Linguistics Admissions Assessment whilst they are in Cambridge for interview. This will be organised by King's, and no registration is required.
    • Information and forms for students invited for interview is provided in the Cambridge interviews section of the Applicant Information. Please read it thoroughly. It includes details about sitting the Linguistics Admissions Assessment, which lasts one hour. Please bring some form of photo identification to the Linguistics admissions assessment.
  • For candidates invited for interview at one of our overseas interview locations:
    • See the page for overseas interviews. If you are invited for interview, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details of your interview and Admissions Assessment.

Mathematics / Mathematics with Physics

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  • A level Mathematics or an equivalent is essential. Further Mathematics and Physics (preferably both) are desirable, but candidates who cannot offer all three will be seriously considered. We also expect candidates to take the relevant STEP paper(s) should we make them an offer.
  • Mathematics candidates are not required to send any written work, but Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive at King's by 3 November 2017 (see the Applicant Information page). All candidates need to send a confidentiality form by 8 November 2017. Any candidate who declared a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to submit an adjustments form by 22 October.
  • The University has launched a new online STEP Support Programme to help you to develop advanced problem-solving skills in preparation for  STEP. It is free and consists of online modules for individual self-study, published weekly from September 2016. There is also a discussion forum where you can ask for additional help, mentored by programme staff and Cambridge students who have taken STEP themselves. The programme is open to everyone, and we hope it will be particularly useful if your school cannot offer much support for STEP preparation. King's also provides a STEP page.
  • For candidates invited to Cambridge for interviews at King's:
    • Candidates for Mathematics are not required to do any set mathematical reading prior to the interviews.
    • You will sit a written test lasting one hour in the morning of your interview. No past papers are available for this test – you simply turn up and do your best. Calculators are not permitted. The test is designed to be taken by people from all over the world and in all different examination systems. Please do not worry about differences in syllabus.
    • All candidates have two interviews (on top of the written test), one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

                                     - The first interview, in the morning, will be based in part on what the candidate has done in the written test.
                                     - The second interview, in the afternoon, will be on entirely unrelated questions.

  • Information and forms for students invited for interview is provided in the Cambridge interviews section of the Applicant Information. Please read it thoroughly.
  • For candidates invited for interview at one of our overseas interview locations:
    • See the page for overseas interviews. If you are invited for interview, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details.

Medicine

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Chest and heart anatomy. Credit: Patrick J. Lynch

  • Pre-interview Admissions Assessment (the BMAT) required: All candidates in Medicine must take the BMAT test at their school on Thursday 2 November 2017. We do not select applicants for interviews until we have the BMAT results. You may be invited for interview at short notice so please make sure that you are free on the days specified on the ‘Provisional Interview Timetable’ on the Applicant Information page. A substantial proportion of applicants will be selected for interviews. There is no fixed BMAT score that will secure you an interview and we base our decision on your whole application. Please see the Admissions Testing Service BMAT website for further information about this test.
  • Candidates for Medicine need to submit a fee status questionnaire by Wednesday 8 November 2017 (see applicant information page.)
  • No essays are required to be sent in prior to interviews for Medicine, but Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive at King's by 3 November 2017 (see the Applicant Information page). All candidates need to send a confidentiality form by 8 November 2017. Any candidate who declared a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to submit an adjustments form by 22 October.
  • For candidates invited to Cambridge for interviews at King's:
    • You will have two separate interviews in King’s with members of the Medical Sciences teaching staff. Interviews for Medicine will last up to 25 minutes.
    • There is no additional written test taken at interview for Medicine candidates.
    • Information and forms for students invited for interview is provided in the Cambridge interviews section of the Applicant Information. Please read it thoroughly.
  • For candidates invited for interview at one of our overseas interview locations:
    • See the page for overseas interviews. If you are invited for interview, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details.

Modern and Medieval Languages (MML)

  • All candidates for MML are required to send written work and a confidentiality form by post to arrive by Wednesday 8 November 2017. Please read the written work page for details. Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive by 3 November 2017 (see the Applicant Information page). Any candidate who declared a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to submit an adjustments form by 22 October.
  • For candidates invited to Cambridge for interviews at King's:
    • You will have two interviews at King’s, one for each language.
      • For an interview in a language that you study /studied at school (at A level / IB Higher or equivalent), you will be asked to arrive early so that you can study a short passage in the language and sometimes some grammar exercises to discuss in the interview.  We will tell you what time to collect your pre-interview material in your invitation to interview.
      • For any new language, you will also be asked to arrive early, but the passage we give you to study and discuss in the interview will be in English.
      • Modern and Medieval Languages candidates take the Modern and Medieval Languages Admissions Assessment whilst they are in Cambridge for interview. This will be organised by King's, and no registration is required.
      • The written work, interview and admissions assessment are designed not only to test what you know but, more importantly, to measure how creatively you think and how clearly you express yourself.
      • Information and forms for students invited for interview is provided in the Cambridge interviews section of the Applicant Information. Please read it thoroughly.
  • For candidates invited for interview at one of our overseas interview locations:
    • See the page for overseas interviews. If you are invited for interview, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details of your interview and Admissions Assessment.

Music

  • All candidates for Music are required to send written work and a confidentiality form by post to arrive by Wednesday 8 November 2017. Please read the written work page for details. Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive by 3 November 2017 (see the Applicant Information page). Any candidate who declared a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to submit an adjustments form by 22 October.
  • For candidates invited to Cambridge for interviews at King's:
    • You will have two interviews, including one with the Director of Studies in Music. The interviewers will be interested in exploring not just the present state of your knowledge and musical interests but also your potential to flourish and develop further in this challenging intellectual environment. During your interviews you will be required to comment on a short piece of music and a passage of text relating to music history; you will have opportunity to study these texts in the half hour before the interview. You may also be required to comment on unprepared scores.
    • In addition to your interviews you will be required to sit a written test in harmony and counterpoint of the period c1700-1810. You will be given 45 minutes to answer two questions. Question one will give you the choice of either Bach chorale harmonization [top part given] or Lied accompaniment [vocal line given]. Question two will ask you to add an instrumental melodic line above a given bass. You will not have access to a keyboard instrument during this test.
    • There is also a 30-minute aural dictation test asking candidates to:
      • write down a melody
      • write down two phrases of a Bach chorale (no vocal lines will be given, but the first four-voice chord will be provided).
    • Information and forms for students invited for interview is provided in the Cambridge interviews section of the Applicant Information. Please read it thoroughly.
  • Candidates for Music are not advised to apply for an overseas interview - see the overseas interviews page.

Natural Sciences

  • Pre-interview Admissions Assessment required: All candidates in Natural Sciences must take the Natural Sciences pre-interview Admissions Assessment at their school on Thursday 2 November 2017. There is no fixed score that will secure you an interview and we base our decision on your whole application. Please see the admissions assessment page for further information (the registration deadline for the assessment is 15 October at 18:00 UK time).
  • Applicants for Natural Sciences do not need to submit any written work prior to interviews, but Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive at King's by 3 November 2017 (see the Applicant Information page). All candidates need to send a confidentiality form by 8 November 2017. Any candidate who declared a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to submit an adjustments form by 22 October.
  • Applicants for Natural Sciences (Physical) should look at the Isaac Physics website. Many universities have admissions tests and interviews that involve solving problems. In the area of physics and mathematics the Isaac Physics website provides an opportunity to practise the necessary skills for such problems. You may find the Core Maths for All Scientists section  particularly useful. 
  • For candidates invited to Cambridge for interviews at King's:
    • You will have two interviews, each with two members of the teaching staff in Natural Sciences.
    • Candidates applying for Biological Natural Sciences are asked to bring to the interview a note book detailing some recent experimental work you have undertaken, or an account of project work or of a field trip. The interviews may include some discussion of some of your own experimental work in science for part of the interview (though it may not be a long discussion, as the interviewers will also want to cover other things). If you do not have any suitable written work from school and will not produce any by the time you attend your interview, you will be able to explain this to your interviewers. NB. If you are applying for Physical Natural Sciences, you must not bring work to your interview.
    • There is no additional written test taken at interview for Natural Sciences candidates.
    • Information and forms for students invited for interview is provided in the Cambridge interviews section of the Applicant Information. Please read it thoroughly.
  • For candidates invited for interview at one of our overseas interview locations:
    • See the page for overseas interviews. If you are invited for interview, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details.

Philosophy

  • Philosophy applicants do not need to submit any written work, but Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive at King's by 3 November 2017 (see the Applicant Information page). All candidates need to send a confidentiality form by 8 November 2017. Any candidate who declared a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to submit an adjustments form by 22 October.
  • There are no specific books that Philosophy candidates are required to read, but the Philosophy Faculty provides some reading suggestions in preparation for the interview.
  • For candidates invited to Cambridge for interviews at King's:
    • You will have one interview lasting up to 25 minutes with academics in Philosophy, one of whom will be the Director of Studies.
    • Philosophy candidates take the Philosophy Admissions Assessment whilst they are in Cambridge for interview. This will be organised by King's, and no registration is required.
    • Information and forms for students invited for interview is provided in the Cambridge interviews section of the Applicant Information. Please read it thoroughly.
  • For candidates invited for interview at one of our overseas interview locations:
    • See the page for overseas interviews. If you are invited for interview, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details of your interview and Admissions Assessment.

Psychological and Behavioural Sciences (PBS)

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  • Pre-interview Admissions Assessment required: All candidates in PBS must take the PBS pre-interview admissions assessment at their school or at an assessment centre on Thursday 2 November 2017. There is no fixed score that will secure you an interview and we base our decisions on your whole application. Please see the Admissions Assessment page for further information (the registration deadline for the assessment is 15 October at 18:00 UK time).
  • PBS applicants do not need to submit any written work, but Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive at King's by 3 November 2017 (see the Applicant Information page). All candidates need to send a confidentiality form by 8 November 2017. Any candidate who declared a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to submit an adjustments form by 22 October.
  • Applicants will not be expected to have done any specific reading for the pre-interview admissions assessment or for the interview. We know that school work schedules can be very busy. But for applicants who wish to advance their interests in PBS, we have provided some reading suggestions (also linked from the PBS subject page).
  • For candidates invited to Cambridge for interviews at King's:
    • You will have one interview with the Director of Studies and another member of the psychology teaching staff. You will be asked to arrive early for your interview so that you can study a short passage for discussion during the interview. We will tell you what time to arrive in your invitation to interview.
    • There is no additional written test taken at interview for Psychological and Behavioural Sciences candidates.
    • Information and forms for students invited for interview is provided in the Cambridge interviews section of the Applicant Information. Please read it thoroughly.
  • For candidates invited for interview at one of our overseas interview locations:
    • See the page for overseas interviews. If you are invited for interview, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details.

Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion

  • All candidates for Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion are required to send written work and a confidentiality form by post to arrive by Wednesday 8 November 2017. Please read the written work page for details. Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive by 3 November 2017 (see the Applicant Information page). Any candidate who declared a learning difficulty, disability or long-term illness on their UCAS form, or who receives adjustments for exams taken at school, is asked to submit an adjustments form by 22 October.
  • Applicants will not be expected to have done any specific reading for the pre-interview admissions assessment or for the interview. We know that school work schedules can be very busy. But for applicants who wish to advance their interests, we have provided some reading advice (also linked from the Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion subject page).
  • For candidates invited to Cambridge for interviews at King's:
    • You will have one interview with the Director of Studies and other teaching officers, who may or may not be theologians. You will be asked to arrive early for your interview so that you can study a short passage for discussion during the interview. We will tell you what time to arrive in your invitation to interview.
    • You will also have an interview with a Director of Studies in another college. Details will be sent to you with the invitation to interview at King’s.
    • Theology candidates take the Theology Admissions Assessment whilst they are in Cambridge for interview. This will be organised by King's, and no registration is required.
  • For candidates invited for interview at one of our overseas interview locations:
    • See the page for overseas interviews. If you are invited for interview, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details.

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