We welcome applications from students who live in Wales! This page has a few notes for you. We hope that you'll find it useful.
Applying with Welsh qualifications
We typically make offers on three A levels within the Advanced Diploma. Our standard A Level offer depends on the course you apply for:
- The standard offer is A*, A*, and A for Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine, and Natural Sciences.
- The standard offer is A*, A, and A for all other courses. This applies to Anglo Saxon, Norse and Celtic; Architecture; Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; Classics; English; Geography; History; History and Modern Languages; History and Politics; History of Art; Human, Social and Political Sciences (HSPS); Law; Linguistics; Modern and Medieval Languages; Music; Philosophy; Psychological and Behavioural Sciences (PBS); and Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion.
Some of our courses require specific subjects or combinations of subjects. Do consult the relevant subject page (see the 'Applying for...' section), and the advice about choosing school subjects. The following list is not comprehensive, but points out a few key resources:
- Applicants for Chemical Engineering via Engineering, are encouraged to look at i-want-to-study-engineering.org.
- Applicants for Economics, you should find this subject resources post on maths useful.
- Applicants for Engineering, are encouraged to look at i-want-to-study-engineering.org.
- Applicants for Mathematics, please look at the STEP exam preparation information.
- Applicants for Medicine, please also read the Medicine subject requirements.
- Applicants for Natural Sciences (Physical Sciences), should find the Isaac Physics website useful.
Don't forget to check if there is a pre-interview written assessment for your course. If so, your school will need to register you for it by 15 October (or 1 October if you are applying for Medicine).
What is it really like?
Fiona is from Cardiff and has written a King's Student Perspectives piece about her experiences of College life, making her application, and studying History at King's. If you find this useful, do go to the student perspectives page, where you'll find lots more of these accounts. If you read, say, five student perspectives in your subject and similar subjects, you'll get a very good sense of the reality of life as a student here at King's.
Events in or close to Wales
Look out for the Student Conferences in March.
In March, there's an annual Year 12 Oxford and Cambridge Student Conference. It takes place in Swansea (as well as in Merseyside and Birmingham, which may be easier for some of you in North Wales to get to). These conferences are a good opportunity to meet students, admissions staff and academics from Cambridge and Oxford, and they include a range of subject talks.
In April, there is normally a Cambridge University rep at the West Wales and Cardiff UCAS conventions (do check the list of exhibitors before each event on the UCAS website). You can also normally speak to Cambridge reps at the Staffordshire, Birmingham, or Merseyside UCAS conventions, which generally take place in June each year.
Do introduce yourself as a prospective student at the porters' lodge.
If you'd like to visit Cambridge, do check for Saturday Masterclasses, Department Open Days, and King's Open Days. The most comprehensive event is the Cambridge Open Days in late June/early July each year - all Colleges and Faculties are involved. You may also find the the Events in Cambridge page helpful. You can look up train times and fares on National Rail Enquiries. You may also find the Tube website useful if you're going via London. For directions from Cambridge train station to King's, see Getting to King's. We also have a page about accommodation in Cambridge.
- If you're interested in applying to King's, we do our best to make sure that all the information you need is available in the online prospectus, and you can email us any time if there's anything that you want to ask.
- To get a sense of the College, there's a map, and you can look around the grounds using our 360° virtual tour (click on 'Navigate the grounds' to see other parts of the College). Similar tours enable you to explore inside the Library and Chapel. The facilities section is also useful.
- Many students make a successful application without ever having set foot in Cambridge / King's previously, and if you're worried that your school cannot offer much support, do read about applying with limited support or advice.
Some students will need to send a transcript
When you apply, you will need to send a transcript as part of your application if you have not taken six or more GCSEs or IGCSEs (or five or more Scottish National Qualifications) in the last three years.
Information about sending a transcript is on the Cambridge Admissions website. The transcript can be submitted electronically via the SAQ form for students at school in the UK. You will receive an email with log-in details for your SAQ form after you have applied through UCAS. The deadline for your SAQ and transcript is 18:00 on 22 October.