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 by post 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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Candidates for some subjects are required to submit written work as part of the application process - see more here.
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Find out about how to register for your pre-interview assessment and see specimen papers from previous years.

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 will most likely happen in the week from 29 November - 3 December. 

  • 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.

If you are invited for interview overseas, the relevant interview team will liaise with you directly about the details of your interview and 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 test will most likely happen in the week from 29 November - 3 December.  

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 by post 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.

  • You will have one other interview with language specialists from the Faculty. 

  • 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.

If you are invited for interview overseas, the relevant 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).

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Candidates for some subjects are required to submit written work as part of the application process - see more here.
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Find out about how to register for your pre-interview assessment and see specimen papers from previous years.

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