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 2021.

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 2021

1. December interviews in Cambridge

Should we invite you for interviews, these will most likely take place from Monday 6 December to Friday 10 December 2021, with some interviews possible to happen between 13 and 17 December. Due to covid-19, interviews will be administered online this year. At-interview tests may be administered in the week 29 November - 3 December 2021. Candidates may therefore have admissions assessments and interviews scheduled on more than one day. Please note that we will be unable to arrange interviews on individually requested dates. Invitations to interviews are normally 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 subject 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.

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 2022. 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.

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: undergraduate.admissions@kings.cam.ac.uk 
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.

Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic

Candidates for ASNC are required to send written work and a confidentiality form to arrive by Thursday 4 November 2021. 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 4 November 2021. 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 for Cambridge 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.

If you are invited for overseas interview, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details.

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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 4 November 2021. All candidates need to send a confidentiality form by 4 November 2021. 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 for interviews at King's:

  • Candidates for Archaeology have two interviews.

  • Archaeology candidates also take the Archaeology Admissions Assessment if invited for interview. It lasts one hour. This will be organised by King's, and no registration is required. The test is currently scheduled to take place on Monday 29 November. More information will be provided in due course. 

  • 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 Archaeology Admissions Assessment.

 

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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 4 November 2021. All candidates need to send a confidentiality form by 4 November 2021. 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.

  • In preparation you will be asked to upload samples of your 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 uploaded in your interview.

  • Architecture candidates invited for interview take the Architecture Admissions Assessment. This will be organised by King's, and no registration is required. The assessment is currently scheduled to take place on Friday 26 November 2021. 

Information and forms for students invited for interview is provided in the Cambridge interviews section of the Applicant Information. Please read it thoroughly.

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Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES)

All candidates for AMES are required to send written work and a confidentiality form to arrive by Thursday 4 November 2021. Please read the written work page for details. Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive by 4 November 2021. 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 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 have one other interview with language specialists from the Faculty. 

  • 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, for candidates with Arabic or Persian as a language this interview also includes a language specialist.  

  • 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 in the week prior to interviews. You will hear about this in due course if you are invited for interview.

 

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Chemical Engineering

Pre-interview Admissions Assessment required: All candidates in Chemical Engineering must take a pre-interview Admissions Assessment at their school on 3 November 2021. 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.

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 4 November 2021 (see the Applicant Information page). All candidates need to send a confidentiality form by 4 November 2021. 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 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 have to attend the seminar for Engineering (again, see the Engineering notes below) if invited for interview.

  • Candidates for Chemical Engineering via Natural Sciences do not have any additional written test taken at interview.

If you are invited for interview overseas, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details.

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Classics

All candidates for Classics are required to send written work and a confidentiality form to arrive by Thursday 4 November 2021. Please read the written work page for details. Candidates taking modular A-levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive by 4 November 2021. 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.

  • Classics candidates take a Classics Admissions Assessment if invited 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. The 3 Year course assessment is currently scheduled to take place on Tuesday 30 November 2021. 

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Computer Science

Pre-interview Admissions Assessment required: All candidates in Computer Science must take the Computer Science pre-interview Admissions Assessment at their school on Thursday 4th November 2021. 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.

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 4 November 2021. All candidates need to send a confidentiality form by 4 November 2021. 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 for interviews at King's:

  • You will have two interviews, each with one or two members of the teaching staff associated with Computer Science.

  • You will be asked to read a specific text, one hour before your interview. The text will form part of the discussion in your interview.

If you are invited for interview overseas, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details of your interview.

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Economics

Pre-interview Admissions Assessment required: All candidates in Economics must take the Economics pre-interview Admissions Assessment at their school on 3rd November 2021. 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.

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 4 November 2021. All candidates need to send a confidentiality form by 4 November 2021. 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 35 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.

If you are invited for interview overseas, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details.

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Engineering

Pre-interview Admissions Assessment required: All candidates in Engineering must take the Engineering pre-interview Admissions Assessment at their school on 3th November 2021. 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.

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 4 November 2021. All candidates need to send a confidentiality form by 4 November 2021. 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 on an area of maths and/or physics which will be unfamiliar, followed by 15 minutes to read the material provided again and ask questions and then a written exercise lasting 40 minutes 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 15 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. Candidates invited for interview will also be invited for this seminar. We are expecting to run this via zoom between 24 Nov and 3 December. If you are invited for interview, we will share more information, including specific time of day and the online link for this with you. 

If you are invited for interview overseas, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details.

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English

Pre-interview Admissions Assessment required: All candidates in English must take the English pre-interview Admissions Assessment at their school or assessment centre on 3 November 2021. 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.

All candidates for English are required to send written work and a confidentiality form to arrive by Thursday 4  November 2021.  Please read the written work page for details. Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive by the 4 November 2021. 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 sent a specified literary text to read and consider. You will then be asked to discuss this text as part of your interview.

  • You will have one interview on your own with two Fellows in English. During this interview you will discuss the specified text, your reading and literary interests, and you will also be asked to respond to an unseen literary text. 

  • There is no additional written test taken at interview for English candidates.

 

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Geography

All candidates for Geography are required to send written work and a confidentiality form to arrive by Thursday 4 November 2021. Please read the written work page for details. Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive by 4 November 2021 (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.

For candidates invited tor interviews at King's:

  • You will have one interview with at least one academic from the Department of Geography.

  • Half an hour before your interview, you will be asked to study a short written passage, map, or other illustrative materials for discussion during the interview. We will tell you what time and how to access your pre-interview material in your invitation to interview.

  • There is no additional written test taken at interview for Geography candidates.

 

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History

All candidates for History are required to send written work and a confidentiality form to arrive by Thursday 4 November 2021. 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 4 November 2021.

For candidates invited for interviews at King's:

  • You will have two separate interviews with members of the History teaching staff.

  • At King's, there is no additional written test taken at interview for History candidates.

 

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History and Modern Languages

All candidates for History and Modern Languages are required to send written work and a confidentiality form to arrive by Thursday 4 November 2021. 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 4 November 2021.

For candidates invited to Cambridge for interviews at King's:

You will have three (in some cases four) interviews as follows:

  • Two interviews will be History interviews with 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.

  • If you are applying for Russian, Portuguese or Greek, you will have an additional 15 minute interview with the Directors of Studies for MML.

  • 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. This will be organised by King's, and no registration is required. The assessment is currently scheduled for Friday 26 November 2021. 

  • History and Modern Languages candidates applying for Russian from scratch do not sit the Modern and Medieval Languages Admissions Assessment, but a test with a language aptitude section and a discursive element . This will be organised by King's, and no registration is required.  The assessment is currently scheduled for Friday 26 November 2021. 

 

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History and Politics

All candidates for History and Politics are required to send written work and a confidentiality form to arrive by 4 November 2021. 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 4 November 2021.

For candidates invited to Cambridge for interviews at King's:

  • You will have one combined History and Politics interview.

  • There is no additional written test taken at interview for History and Politics candidates.

 

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History of Art

All candidates for History of Art are required to send written work and a confidentiality form to arrive by Thursday 4 November 2021.  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 4 November 2021 (see the Applicant Information page).

For candidates invited for interviews at King's:

  • You will have two separate interviews with members of the History of Art teaching staff.

  • History of Art candidates take the History of Art Admissions Assessment if for interview. It lasts one hour. This will be organised by Cambridge, and no registration is required. The assessment is currently scheduled for Tuesday 30 November 2021. 

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Human, Social and Political Sciences

All candidates for HSPS are required to send written work and a confidentiality form to arrive by Thursday 4 November 2021.  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 4 November 2021.

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. 

  • Applicants for HSPS will be required to take a written assessment if also invited for interview. We will provide more information in your invitation.  

If you are invited for interview overseas, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details.

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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 4 November 2021 (see the Applicant Information page). All candidates need to send a confidentiality form by 4 November 2021. 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 Directors of Studies in Law and other legal scholars. You will be required to study a test for half an hour before one of your interviews, to be discussed in the interview. We will tell you when and how to collect your pre-interview material in your invitation to interview.

  • Law candidates take the Law Admissions Assessment (also called the Cambridge Law Test). 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.

If you are invited for interview overseas, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details of your interview and Cambridge Law Test Admissions Assessment.

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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 4 November 2021 (see the Applicant Information page). All candidates need to send a confidentiality form by 4 November 2021. 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.

  • Applicants will also be required to take the Linguistics assessment. We will organise this for you, no registration is required and more information will be shared in due course. Currently we are expecting this assessment to be scheduled for Thursday 35 November 2021. 

 

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Mathematics / Mathematics with Physics

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 4 November 2021 (see the Applicant Information page). All candidates need to send a confidentiality form by 4 November 2021. 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 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 late November/early December. 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. If you are invited for overseas interview, you will still need to sit this assessment. 

  • All candidates have two interviews (on top of the written test).

If you are invited for interview overseas, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details.

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Medicine

Pre-interview Admissions Assessment (the BMAT) required: All candidates in Medicine must take the BMAT test at their school on 3 November 2021. 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 4 November 2021.

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 4 November 2021 (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 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.

  • Please have pen and paper and a calculator ready for your interview. 

  • There is no additional written test taken at interview for Medicine candidates.

 

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Modern and Medieval Languages (MML)

All candidates for MML are required to send written work and a confidentiality form by to arrive by Thursday 4 November 2021. Please read the written work page for details. Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive by 4 November 2021 (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 for interviews at King's:

  • You will have two interviews at King’s, one for each language.

  • If you are applying for Russian, Portuguese or Greek, you will have an additional 15 minute interview with the Directors of Studies for MML. 

  • For an interview in a language that you study /studied at school (at A level / IB Higher or equivalent), you will be asked to study a short passage in the language and sometimes some grammar exercises to discuss in the interview.  We will tell you what time and how to collect your pre-interview material in your invitation to interview.

  • For any new language, you will also be asked to read a text prior to your interview, 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 if they are invited for interview. We will share more details with candidates who are invited in due course. The assessment is currently scheduled to take place on Friday 26 November 2021

  • 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.

 

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Music

All candidates for Music are required to send written work and a confidentiality form to arrive by Thursday 4 November 2021. Please read the written work page for details. Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive by 4 November 2021 (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.

 

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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 3 November 2021. 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.

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 4 November 2021 (see the Applicant Information page). All candidates need to send a confidentiality form by 4 November 2021. 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 practice 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.

 If you are invited for interview overseas, the relevant overseas interview team will liaise with you directly about the details.

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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 4 November 2021 (see the Applicant Information page). All candidates need to send a confidentiality form by 4 November 2021. 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 35 minutes with academics in Philosophy, one of whom will be the Director of Studies.

  • Philosophy candidates take the Philosophy Admissions Assessment. More details will be provided in due course. It's currently scheduled to take place on Friday 26 November 2021. 

 

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Psychological and Behavioural Sciences (PBS)

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 4 November 2021 (see the Applicant Information page). All candidates need to send a confidentiality form by 4 November 2021. 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.

For candidates invited to interviews at King's:

  • You will have one interview with the Director of Studies and another member of the psychology teaching staff. Half an hour before the interview, you will be asked to study a short passage for discussion during the interview. We will provide more details of arrangements for this in your invitation to interview.

  • There is no additional written test taken at interview for Psychological and Behavioural Sciences candidates.

 

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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 to arrive by 4 November 2021. Please read the written work page for details. Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive by 4 November 2021 (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 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.

  • About half an hour before the interview, you will be asked to study a short passage for discussion during the interview. We will tell you the exact time and how to access this test in your interview invitation.

  • Theology candidates take the Theology Admissions Assessment if invited for interview. This will be organised by King's, and no registration is required, more details will follow shortly. Currently we are expecting this assessment to happen on Monday 29 November 2021.

 

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