Applicant Information 2021

UPDATE 25 January 2022: All decision emails for applicants invited for interview at King's College have been sent out. If you have not seen an email from us, we would recommend checking your SPAM folder. Please be aware that we are unable to give you any information about your decision on the phone, even if you have an offer. If you have a question please email us and include (as always) your name, UCAS number and subject applied for.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             After 15 October, King's applicants for 2022 and 2023 entry will receive an email directing them to this page. If you are a current applicant, please add our email address to your safe senders list to ensure our emails to not land in your SPAM folder.  

Thank you for submitting a UCAS form and applying to King’s. Below and in the sub-pages of this section, you will find the information you need for the next stages in the application process. This Applicant Information section 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:

Welcome to the Applicant Information section!

We encourage you to help us to help you by:

  • Reading this section thoroughly to see if your question has already been answered.
  • Starting every email with your name (exactly as you wrote it on the UCAS form), course applied for (including 'Biological' or 'Physical' if Natural Sciences and UCAS number (10 digits, please write without the dashes).
  • Sending an email rather than phoning (we can answer your query more efficiently that way).

We don't want to discourage you from getting in touch if there is something that you need to know, but please bear in mind that time spent answering your queries is time not spent working on your applications and interview schedules. So reading through these pages thoroughly before emailing is always a good idea, as you may find the information you are looking for here. Many thanks!

The Application Process

Please ensure that you have read the 'Application Process' page thoroughly. It sets out the application process from beginning to end. It is also essential for all King's candidates to read the pre-interview notes carefully (you may be at a disadvantage if you do not read this page).

Please ensure that you are reading your emails at the email address that you wrote on your UCAS form. In particular, we sent you a very important email shortly after the 15 October deadline: King's College, Cambridge: important information for applicants. If you have not read that email carefully as we requested, you may be at a disadvantage.

Thinking of applying to King's? See here for a breakdown of the process, from submitting your UCAS application to receiving your offer.
Applying for entry in 2022, or for deferred entry in 2023? Check the dates and deadlines for your application here.  
All students applying for an undergraduate course must apply through UCAS in the first instance - find out more here.

Decisions for all Applicants

Decisions for all applicants will be made in January.

Tuesday 25 January 2022: We will send decision emails to all King's College applicants who had been invited to interview. Please note that this will take some time - some of you will not receive your email until the evening. This is a University-wide communication date.

The Cambridge Admissions website has information about the possible outcomes.

After submitting the UCAS form

(Information for Period from 15 October 2021 to 22 October 2021)

After submitting your UCAS form, within 48 hours you will be sent a link to to SAQ. You have until 6pm UK time on 22 October to submit this. The sooner you submit your UCAS application, the more time you have to submit the SAQ, so do take this into account as well. 

We will get in touch with applicants who have chosen King's College on their UCAS application after the deadline of 15th October with an email containing a lot of information. Most likely this will be on or after 18th October. We will include information on how to submit written work and other documents in that email. Please do look out for this email and check your SPAM folder.

If you have any questions about submitting the SAQ, please see the link below for information and contact details for the SAQ helpdesk. 

The SAQ deadline is 6pm UK time on 22 October. This is a firm deadline and we will not be able to consider your application if you submit the SAQ late. Our advice is to try and not leave things to the last minute and submit your SAQ sooner rather than later. 


After Submitting your SAQ

(Information for period from 22 October 2021 - mid-November 2021)

It is essential for all King's candidates to read the pre-interview notes for candidates page very carefully indeed and take whatever action is required. You may be at a disadvantage if you do not read these notes.

The pre-interview notes contain information about written work that you may have to send in to arrive by 4 November 2021, as well as details of admissions assessments, interviews, and any additional things you need to do for your subject.


Deadline what detail

22 October 2021

Adjustment form This form is needed if you declared a disability, learning difficulty or long-term illness on your UCAS form (regardless of whether or not you need an adjustment), or if you normally receive adjustments for exams you take at school. 
27 October 2021 Applicant Additional information form A link to this form was sent to all applicants by email. All applicants, regardless of subject etc. need to submit this. More information about this form here:

22 October 2021

Extenuating Circumstances Form 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 will need this information in order to assess you fairly. The link to the ECF is here:
4 November 2021 UMS form Applicants taking modular A levels.
date tbc. Fee status form Only applicants for the medicine course need to submit this. If you are a UK Medicine applicant this is still a requirement. (You can find the form in the links below)
4 November 2021 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.


Candidates for some subjects are required to submit written work as part of the application process - see more here.
These notes are for current King's applicants, to be read in the context of the Applicant Information 2021.

Invitation to Interviews in Cambridge

(Information for 1 -30 Nov - dates are approximate)

Interviews at King's will take place between Monday 6 December and Friday 17 December 2021 (inclusive). Please keep these dates free of other important appointments .

The page below tells you which dates we expect to interview for each subject. These dates are provisional and may change. It is important to keep 5 -17 December free.

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) by email only to all applicants. For information, we will let you know on this page when we have sent invitations for your subject so if anything goes astray you will know and can get in touch.


Applicants for the following subjects should have received an email from King's:

ASNC - Interview invitation sent 29 October

Archaeology - Interview invitations sent 8 November 

Geography - Interview invitations sent 10 November

History of Art - Interview invitations sent 11 November 

Mathematics - Interview invitations sent 11 November 

Classics 3 Year - Interview invitations sent 11 November 

Philosophy - Interview invitations sent 12 November

History and Politics - Interview invitations sent 15 November

Linguistics - Interview invitations sent 15 November

Law - Interview invitations sent 16 November

Natural Sciences Biological - Interview invitations sent 17 November

Music - Interview invitations sent 17 November

Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion - Interview invitations sent 17 November

HSPS - Interview invitations sent 18 November

Architecture - Interview invitations sent 18 November

AMES - Interview invitations sent 19 November

History and Modern Languages - Interview invitations sent 19 November

MML - Interview invitations sent 19 November

History - Interview invitations sent 19 November

Computer Science - Interview invitations sent 19 November

Chem Eng via Natural Sciences - Interview invitations sent 22 November

Natural Sciences Physical - Interview invitations sent 22 November

Psychological and Behavioural Sciences - Interview invitations sent 22 November

Engineering - Interview invitations sent 22 November

Chem Eng via Engineering - Interview invitations sent 22 November

English - Interview invitations sent 22 November

Economics - Interview invitations sent 22 November

Medicine - Interview invitations sent 27 November


Provisional interview dates in Cambridge and overseas for King's applicants who have applied for entry in 2020 or deferred entry in 2021.
This page is for King's applicants who have been invited for interview in Cambridge and will sit a t

For Applicants Invited to Interview in Cambridge

(Information for Nov - 15 Dec)

Your invitation to interview states the date, time(s) and location(s) of all interviews and tests or admissions assessments (if relevant), and directs you to particular details you need. If you have been sent a zoom link, please DO NOT click this before the actual date and time of the interview. 

We will not provide hard copies of the information below during interview week. If you would find it useful to have any of the information with you on the day of your interview, please ensure that you bring it with you.

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

How will interviews work this year?

All interviews for 2022 entry (or deferred entry in 2023) will take place online; in most cases this will be via Zoom. Your invitation to interview will confirm which platform you’ll be using, what you’ll need for your interview, and details of how to access your interview on the day. We’ve also put together two short video guides (links below) to help you set-up and prepare for your interview.

The content of your interview will be the same as if it was in person. You can find out more about Cambridge interviews on the What do interviews involve? and How should I prepare? pages linked below.

At-interview assessments will also be conducted remotely in 2021. If you’ve applied to a course that requires you to take an at-interview assessment, please check the information about arrangements on our At-interview Assessments page. Further guidance will be provided in your invitation to interview and on our website. If you have any queries about your At-interview assessment, please contact us by email.

What will I need?

For your online interview, you’ll need access to certain technology and resources (this will vary depending on the course that you’ve applied for).

All applicants will need the following:

  • a quiet location, free from distractions
  • a device with a webcam and microphone (make sure your device is fully charged/plugged in and you've tested the webcam/microphone in advance)
  • a good internet connection (close down any unused applications and ask others to avoid using the internet so that your connection is as strong as possible)
  • pen and paper

In addition to the above, some applicants (usually those who have applied to a Science/Mathematics course) will ideally have a tablet and stylus available. We will confirm what equipment you will need in your invitation to interview. Applicants who would normally be entitled to Free School Meals can speak to us about the purchase of an inexpensive tablet to use in their interview.

The tablet and stylus will be used for interactive whiteboard tasks during your interview. If you don’t have access to a tablet and stylus, we will let you know what to use instead. In some cases it may be possible to use a pen and paper as an alternative.

What if I don’t have access to the required technology?

If you don’t have access to a device with a webcam and microphone, please contact the admissions office by email. 

What if the technology goes wrong or the internet connection is lost during my interview?

Don’t panic! If you lose your connection or encounter technical issues, try to reconnect to the interview. If you can’t get back into the interview, please contact the admissions office. It’s useful to have a phone and admissions office contact details to hand, in case you need to do this.

What should I do to prepare and set-up?

You should ensure that you will have access to the equipment you’ll need for your interview (see above). It’s important to do this in advance so that you can notify us if you won’t have access to the required resources.

You should also test the video conferencing platform that you’ll be using for your interview (your invitation to interview will confirm which platform you’ll be expected to use). Your friends, family or supporters may be able to help you with this. We’ve put together two videos that run through the process for Zoom and Whereby respectively (see links below), which will help you to prepare and set up your test run.

Will I be able to speak with current students before my interview? 

Yes! Every year we run an interview helpdesk with current undergraduate students and this year is no different. Whilst this will be run online rather than in person, you can still expect the same great support from our students. Whether it to be to confirm interview times, check your IT is working correctly or, just for a chat before or after your interview, there will be someone there to speak with you. You can find full information about how to access this on the 'Interview helpdesk 2021' page linked below. 

What if there are technical problems during the interview?

If, during the interview, technical problems arise (for example, the screen freezes, or your connection disconnects), in the first instance you should follow instructions from your interviewer/s if you can hear them. If you lose all connectivity, please disconnect and reconnect using the weblink/passcodes provided to you. Try this twice more, and if you are again unable to re-connect, please contact the Admissions Office on the telephone number/s provided, or follow any additional instructions given to you by the Admissions Office. The interviewer/s will note disruptions to your interview/s and you will not be disadvantaged by these. Please also see the below note.

Note: in the event that your interview/s are subject to substantial technical problems that mean that your interviewer/s do not feel they have enough information to make a judgement on the interview/s, the College Admissions Office will arrange to re-schedule your interview/s. You will be advised of this if it is the case.

It's completely normal to be nervous about coming to interview, but here's some practical advice about how to prepare for the process.
These notes are for current King's applicants, to be read in the context of the Applicant Information 2021.

Contacting King's Admissions Office

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
  • Your requested interview location (if it is not Cambridge, UK)

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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