All applications to the University of Cambridge are made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Your UCAS application must be submitted online using UCAS Apply. The UCAS institution code for Cambridge is CAM 05, and the campus code for Lucy Cavendish is L.
(Applicants for the Cambridge Graduate Course in Medicine need to return an additional form, available from our Admissions Office, at the same time as the UCAS application.)
Once your UCAS application has been received you will be asked via email to complete an online Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ). In order to make a valid application to the University of Cambridge you must submit your SAQ by the deadline specified in this e-mail.
If you're currently living or studying outside the EU, you are also required to submit a Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA). (This requirement does not apply if your family home is outside the EU, but you are studying within the EU at the time of your application.)
Applicants who have completed qualifications at a school, college or university outside the UK must send copies of the relevant transcripts to our Admissions Office by post, or upload them using the Undergraduate Document Submission (UGDS) facility. If you are submitting a COPA as part of your application, you should wait until you receive a COPA reference number before uploading transcripts.
UK-based, UK-educated applicants should send the Admissions Office copies of all the certificates they have received for academic qualifications at GCSE level and above, as well as transcripts relating to any university study. We also recommend that applicants enrolled on Access Diplomas, Open University modules, Foundation Years and Certificates in Higher Education provide a detailed course syllabus.
Applicants for Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Classics, Economics, Education, English, Geography, History, History of Art, Human, Social and Political Sciences, Land Economy, Law, Linguistics, Modern and Medieval Languages, Music, Philosophy, Psychological and Behavioural Sciences, and Theology and Religious Studies must supply copies of two essays, of any length, produced in the normal course of your studies, and marked by a tutor, lecturer or teacher. We will provide further guidance on the requirements for written work, and a coversheet, on receipt of your application.
If your education has been significantly disrupted or disadvantaged for health or personal reasons, you may also wish to submit an Extenuating Circumstances Form.
Please note that applicants to Lucy Cavendish will not be required to complete any form of assessment prior to interview, unless they are applying for the standard course in Medicine or for Veterinary Medicine (both of which require the BMAT).Candidates invited for interview will be asked to sit a written assessment on the day of their interviews. The written assessment, in most cases, will last no longer than one hour. Example of assessments similar in content and format to the ones used at Lucy Cavendish can be found on individual subject pages on the Cambridge website.