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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 2024.

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 My Cambridge Application, it is essential that you read this page carefully in addition to How to apply and the Applicant Information page.

General Information

1. December interviews in Cambridge

Should we invite you for interviews, these will most likely take place from Monday 9th - Friday 13th Decemeber 2024. Those candidates being interviewed in person will in the majority of cases only need to be in Cambridge on one day. Please note that we will be unable to arrange interviews outside our scheduled interview times. Most invitations to interviews will be sent out in the second half of November. 

Interviews will be with one or more members of the teaching staff in the subject you intend to study in the first year. Please check individual subject pages for details about the number of interviews you will have, and their duration. Generally, an interview will last between 25 and 35 minutes, depending on subject.

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 2025. 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

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 two pieces of written work by 1 November 2024. Please read the written work page for details. Candidates taking modular A-levels are also required to send a UMS form by the 1 November 2024. 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 with King's:

  • You will have a two interviews with the Director of Studies of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic and other members of the ASNC department (2 in each interview).

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

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Archaeology

You will need to submit one piece of written work for Archaeology, and Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form by 1 November 2024. 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 with 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. 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 by 1 November 2024. You will also need to submit a 6-page portfolio (mentioned below) online by 1 November 2024. 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 with 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 including 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. You will also be required to bring your portfolio with you to your interview. Please be prepared to discuss that portfolio 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.

Information 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)

Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS by 1 November 2024. 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 with 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 weeks prior to interviews. You will hear about this in due course if you are invited for interview.

 

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Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology

Pre-Registration Required Admissions Assessment: All candidates for Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology must take a Pre-Registration Required Admissions Assessment (ESAT) at their school or other registered test centre on 15th-16th October 2024. 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 by 1 November  (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 interview with King's:

  • Candidates for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology will have two interviews, each with two Chemical Engineering specialists.

  • Candidates for Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology do not have any additional written test taken at interview.

 

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Classics

All candidates for Classics are required to send two pieces of written work by 1 November 2024. Please read the written work page for details. Candidates taking modular A-levels are required to send a UMS form to arrive by 1 November 2024. 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.

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Computer Science

Pre-Registration Required Admissions Assessment: All candidates in Computer Science must take the Computer Science pre-interview Admissions Assessment (TMUA) at their school or other registered test centre on 16th-17th October 2024. 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 by 1 November. 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.

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Design

You do not need to submit any essays for Design but candidates taking modular A-levels are required to send a UMS form by 1 November 2024. You will also need to submit a 6-page portfolio (mentioned below) online by 1 November 2024, and bring a copy of this with you if invited to interview. 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 with 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 including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and constructions of all kinds, particularly material that conveys a spatial and three dimensional interest. You will also be required to bring your portfolio with you to your interview. Please be prepared to discuss that portfolio in your interview.

  • Design Candidates invited for interview take a College-Based Admissions Assessment. This will be organised by King's, and no registration is required.

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Economics

Pre-Registration Required Admissions Assessment : All candidates in Economics must take the Economics pre-interview Admissions Assessment (TMUA) at their school or other registered test centre on 16th-17th October 2024. 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.

Candidates taking modular A-levels are required to send a UMS form by 1 November. 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 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.

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Engineering

Pre-Registration Required Admissions Assessment: All candidates in Engineering must take the Engineering Admissions Assessment (ENGAA) at their school or other registered test centre on 15th-16th October2024. 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 by 1 November 2024. 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.

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English

All candidates for English are required to send two pieces of written work by 1 November 2024.  Please read the written work page for details. Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form by the 1 November 2024. 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 with King's:

  • Prior to the interview, you will be given a specified literary text to read and consider. You will then be asked to discuss this text as part of your interview. You will be told in your interview invitation where and when to collect this pre-interview reading.

  • 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 a College-Registered assessment if shortlisted for interview. You will not need to register in advance for this assessment and we will provide details directly to you.

 

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Geography

Please read the written work page for details. Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form by 1 November 2024 (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 to 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 two pieces of written work by 1 November 2023. 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 by 1 November 2023.

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 two pieces of written work by 1 November 2024. 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 by 1 November 2024.

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

You will have two interviews as follows:

  • One 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 a language 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.

  • 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.

  • History and Modern Languages candidates applying for a language 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. 

 

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History and Politics

All candidates for History and Politics are required to send two pieces of written by  1 November 2024.  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 by 1 November 2024.

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

Candidates are not required to submit any written work for History of Art. 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 by 1 November 2024 (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.

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Human, Social and Political Sciences

All candidates for HSPS are required to send two pieces of written work by 1 November 2022.  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 by 1 November 2023.

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. This will last approximately 30 minutes.

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

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Law

You do not need to send in any written work for Law, but Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form by 1 November . 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 with 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 LNAT, you must sit this by the deadline of 15th October.

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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 by 1 November 2023 (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:

  • There will be one interview lasting approx 35 minutes. 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.

 

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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 by 1 November 2024 (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:

  • 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.  

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

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Medicine

Pre-Registration Required Admissions Assessment (the UCAT): All candidates in Medicine must take the UCAT test a registered test centre between 1st September and 15th October 2024 . We do not select applicants for interviews until we have the UCAT 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 UCAT score that will secure you an interview and we base our decision on your whole application. Please see the Admissions Testing Service UCAT website for further information about this test.

Candidates for Medicine need to submit a fee status questionnaire by 1 November 2024.

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 by 1 November 2024 (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 with 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 by 1 November 2024. Please read the written work page for details. Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form to by 1 November 2024 (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 may 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 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 by 4th November 2023. Please read the written work page for details. Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form by 1 November 2024 (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. We will let you know before your interview how to access this piece. You may also be required to comment on unprepared scores.

 

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Natural Sciences

Pre-Registration Required Admissions Assessment: All candidates in Natural Sciences must take the Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment (ESAT) at their school on 15th-16th October 2024. 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 by 1 November 2024 (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 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 mathematics, physics, and chemistry, the Isaac Physics website provides an opportunity to practice the necessary skills for such problems. 

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.

  • For candidates applying for Physical Natural Sciences, one of your interviews will involve a discussion of some written materials that you will be given in advance of the interview. We will tell you when and where to collect the materials in your interview invitation. These materials will consist of a maths problem, that you can work through during that 30 minute period.  During the interview, you will then be asked to discuss the problem, and your workings, with your interviewers.

 

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Philosophy

Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form by 1 November 2024 . 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 for interviews with 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.

 

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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 by 1 November 2023 (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 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 two members of the psychology teaching staff lasting around 35 minutes. In advance of the interview you will be provided with a short passage to read for discussion in 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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Find out about how to register for your written assessment and see specimen papers from previous years.
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Preparatory reading for applicants who have already been given an offer, or prospective students thinking of applying.

Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion

All candidates for Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion are required to send written work by 1 November 2024. Please read the written work page for details. Candidates taking modular A levels are required to send a UMS form by 1 November 2024 (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, lasting approximately 35 minutes. .

  • In advance of 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 passage in your interview invitation.

 

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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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