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 carefully, bookmark this page, and refer back to it regularly.
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!
Please ensure that you have read the 'Application Process' page thoroughly; it sets out the procedures you need to go through from beginning to end. You should also regularly check your emails, at the email address that you supplied on your UCAS form, for correspondence rom the College. In particular, we sent you a very important email shortly after the 16 October deadline with the subject line "King's College, Cambridge: important information for applicants". If you do not read that email carefully, you may be at a disadvantage.
(Information for Period from 16 October 2023 to 23 October 2023)
After submitting your UCAS form, within 48 hours you will be sent a link to an additional online questionnaire, called My Cambridge Application. The deadline for this additional questionnaire is 6pm UK time on 23 October. This is a firm deadline and we will not be able to consider your application if you submit the form late. Our advice is to try and not leave things to the last minute and submit your additional Cambridge questionnaire sooner rather than later. The sooner you submit your UCAS application, the more time you have to submit this additional Cambridge form, so do take this into account.
A few days after the deadline of 16th October, we will also send an email to applicants who have chosen King's College on their UCAS application. This email will include information on how to submit written work and other documents. Please do look out for this email and check your SPAM folder.
If you have any questions about submitting this firm, please see the link below for information and contact details for the relevant helpdesk.
(Information for period from 23 October 2023 - mid-November 2023)
It is essential for all King's candidates to read the pre-interview notes for candidates page very carefully 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 2023, as well as details of admissions assessments, interviews, and any additional things you need to do for your subject.
|23 October 2023, 6pm UK time||My Cambridge Application||All applicants (your application will not be valid without this!)||
Having submitted your UCAS form you will receive an email from the central office giving you log-in details for My Cambridge Application. If you have not received this by the 18th October please check your junk / spam filters in case it has gone there. If not, please contact the dedicated My Cambridge Application helpdesk: email@example.com
23 October 2023
|Adjustment form||If you have ticked the disability disclosure box on UCAS and/or if you are normally in receipt of adjustment for school exams||
If you receive adjustments for exams we will need to know some details. If you don’t receive adjustment but have disclosed a Disability/Specific Learning Difficulties/long-term illness, please submit this form nevertheless to let us know that you do not need any adjustments.If you have selected the disability box on UCAS by accident, please do still get in touch letting us know so that we are not chasing you for an adjustment form.
23 October 2023
|Extenuating Circumstances Form||If relevant for you||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: https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying/our-decision/extenuating-circumstances-form|
|2 November 2023||Applicant Additional information form (AAIF)||All applicants (you will disadvantage your application if you do not submit this!)||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: https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/files/aaif_guide.pdf|
|2 November 2023||UMS form||Applicants taking modular A levels.||If you are taking modular A levels, please contact us.|
|15 November 2023||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)|
|2 November 2023||Written work and coversheet(s)||If relevant for your subject (please check if you are unsure!)||
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).
|2 November 2023||Portfolio||Applicants for Architecture and Design||
Please upload your sample artwork (as a single 6-page PDF). Please note that this PDF must be less than 15MB in size.
At King’s, we interview a large proportion of the students who apply to us. These interviews take place during the first, and sometimes second, week of December, so please do block these dates off in your diaries. If you are being invited to interview, you will usually receive an interview invitation in the second or third week of November (although, occasionally, we can send invitations earlier or later). This invitation will include a reply form, in which you can include various information relevant to the interview process (see below).
If you are not invited, we will also let you know in November. Dates for interview decisions to be sent range from early to late November, depending on the subject you have applied for. Other Colleges may send information at other times. Please do not chase us, if you have heard from someone applying elsewhere that they have already heard about an interview. We will contact you when we have scheduled interviews at King's.
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 the particular details you need. If you have been sent a Zoom link, please DO NOT click the link 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?
For all UK-based applicants, interviews will take place in-person at King’s College in Cambridge. Candidates who are unable to travel to Cambridge for exceptional reasons must let us know as soon as possible. We are willing to consider remote interviews for UK-based applicants in these circumstances, but it is up to the candidate to get in touch, and explain why. Applicants who are not UK-based and are invited to interview, will be interviewed online, via Zoom.
The orientation and aims of the interview are the same, regardless of format, and students will not be disadvantaged in any way by the format of their interview. However, if a non-UK based candidate would strongly prefer to be interviewed in person, we would be willing to accommodate this, and such students will be given an opportunity to indicate their preference. In considering whether to make such a request, candidates should think carefully about the practical implications of arranging international travel at short-notice, and the associated financial and environmental costs.
For advice on how to prepare for you interview, please see: https://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/applying-to-kings/application-process/interview-advice
Accommodation and Meals
If you are coming to King’s for your interview, and it is not possible for you to make the round trip to Cambridge in a single day, we may be able to offer you free overnight accommodation as well as dinner (on your day of arrival) and breakfast (on the day of your interview) in College. We are only able to offer accommodation to applicants and not to any accompanying parents, guardians or friends. Candidates who need overnight accommodation should let us know using the reply form included with the interview invitation. We only offer accommodation on the night before the interview.
Traveling to Cambridge
If you are invited for an in person interview, you will need to make your own way to Cambridge. We can't provide support in looking for connections or booking trains etc.
There are direct trains to Cambridge railway station from both London Liverpool Street and London Kings Cross mainline stations. It's worth checking the arrival time as well as the departure times, as some trains take 45 mins and others stop at all stations and take closer to 2 hours! Cambridge has 2 railway stations. We recommend that you travel to Cambridge (a 21 min walk from King's) and not Cambridge North (a 45 min walk from King's).
For students traveling from the north, you normally need to change at Peterborough and/or Ely if you don't come via London.
There is no parking available at King’s. Parking in the centre of Cambridge is very expensive, there’s a lot of one-way streets and bus gates which could get you fined if you drive down those, so if driving we would recommend using one of the many park and rides around the city.
The entrance to King’s College is on King’s Parade, the postcode is CB2 1ST. On google maps it is about opposite Fudge Kitchen, and on What3Words it is ///headed.master.evenly.
As traveling to Cambridge can be costly, we are willing to reimburse eligible UK students in respect of travel costs for public transport. UK students are eligible for reimbursement if they are a UK student and any of the following apply: (i) they are eligible for free school meals, (ii) they are from a family with an income of below £30,000, (iii) they are estranged from their family, or (iv) they are in local authority care. If this applies, the candidate will be able to indicate their eligibility in their interview invitation reply form. You will be asked to submit appropriate evidence, which will be kept confidential from your interviewers throughout the admissions process. Candidates must then send us an online or paper receipt, along with their bank details, and we will reimburse them as soon as possible. We do not reimburse travel costs for non-UK-based applicants.
Decisions for all applicants will be made in January.
25th January 2024: 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. Please check your SPAM folder before chasing us for missing emails. This is a University-wide communication date.
The Cambridge Admissions website has information about the possible outcomes.
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
We strongly prefer you to contact us by email if possible: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other contact details:
Undergraduate Admissions Office