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Thank you for applying to Lucy Cavendish College. We hope this page will allow you to progress smoothly through the admissions process.

Over coming weeks (and months) our Admissions Team will contact you via email letting you know next steps. They are here to support you at every stage of the application process, therefore if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact them on, however we do ask that you start all emails with:

  • Your name (exactly as you wrote it on your UCAS form, with family name in CAPITALS), 
  • The course you have applied for (including 'Biological or Physical' if Natural Sciences),
  • Your UCAS number,
  • Your requested remote interview team if not Cambridge, UK (e.g. Singapore, Malaysia).

E.G. ‘BLOGS, Joseph, Physical Natural Sciences, 123456789’

Please note that we prefer contact by email in the first instance.  If you have not received a reply to your email, please be patient and remember that we are dealing with a lot of applicants, who all have very specific queries.  Only if your question is absolutely urgent should you call us; you can do so on +44 (0)1223 330280.

Please understand that we are legally only permitted to discuss a current application with the applicant or their UCAS referee.  We are unable to speak to parents, supporters, teachers, doctors, social workers, tutors, or other third parties without the applicant’s explicit permission in writing, and even then it is our right to decline contact with third parties if we feel it is not appropriate. 

Current Important Updates - Application Outcomes

We will email all applicants selected for interview (whether remote Cambridge interviews or remote overseas interviews) on Monday 25 January with the outcome of your application.  Emails will start to be sent during the morning (UK time) and may not be completed until late afternoon.  Please bear with us as this process does take time.

Please do not telephone the College.  We will not give any decisions over the phone and will not be answering calls related to decisions.

If you have been selected for an offer by another College via the Winter Pool, Lucy Cavendish will not email you.  You will instead receive an email from your new College.

UCAS Track will not update on 25 January. The first UCAS Track updates will come through a day or two later and, if you are made an offer, most UCAS Track updates for offer holders will be a little later this month.


Key dates timeline



What for?

Further info

1 Oct
(UK time)

Medicine applicants register for the BMAT.

See the BMAT information.

15 Oct
(UK time)

UCAS application (including UCAS reference).

See the UCAS information.

15 Oct
(UK time)

Registration for other pre-interview Admissions Assessments.

You can find the deadlines here.

19 Oct
(UK time)

COPA form and transcript for overseas students

Unsure whether you are required to submit the COPA? Everything you need to know about submitting the COPA can be found here.  A useful guide to the form itself is available here.


Please send any questions about filling in the COPA directly to the COPA helpdesk: / +44 (0)1223 333308

22 Oct
(UK time)

SAQ form

Applicants for Malaysia & Singapore interviews must complete the SAQ by 26 Sept (18:00 UK time)

Within 48 hours of your UCAS form submission, you will receive an email with SAQ log-in details. Completing the SAQ is a compulsory part of your application to Cambridge. Guidance for submitting the SAQ can be found here.


 If you have problems / questions about filling in the form, please contact the SAQ helpdesk directly ( / 01223 333308).

22 Oct
(UK time)

UK / EU transcript

Some UK / EU applicants must include a transcript with their SAQ. Please read the information about transcripts and do I need to send a transcript?

22 Oct

Lucy Cavendish further information form

Please could all applicants to Lucy Cavendish College complete the College’s further information form by this deadline. This form will be emailed to you no later than 22 October 2020.

22 Oct

Extenuating Circumstances Form

If anything has caused significant educational or home life disruption or disadvantage, further guidance for submitting the form is here.


Please note that this form should NOT be used to report disruption to your education caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  This information is collected elsewhere in the process.

22 Oct

Disability / Specific Learning Difficulty / long-term illness adjustments form

If you ticked the box on the UCAS form to say you have a disability, Specific Learning Difficulty or long-term illness, and / or if you normally receive adjustments when you take school exams, we will request additional information such that we can make any necessary arrangements at interview. We will contact you about this once we have received your application.

22 Oct

Transcripts/Results breakdowns/curriculum details/any other requested documents

Deadline for applicants required to submit:

1.       Academic transcripts from those undertaking foundation courses, Access to HE courses and those in the first year at university.

2.       Curriculum details from mature applicants, those taking a foundation course, or those in the first year at university.

3.       Results breakdown, from those who have already taken any exams.

4.       Any other documents we have requested from you.





4 & 5 Nov

Pre-interview assessments take place

BMATELAT and other pre-interview assessments taken in your school, college or registered testing centre.

Applicants taking the pre-interview written assessments overseas must check the Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing website as the scheduled start times for international centres may vary. Please note that for some overseas interview locations, 'pre-interview' assessments may take place after your interview. In this situation, your written assessment will still be considered by your Cambridge College along with your overseas interview report.

5 Nov

Written work + coversheets

You can check whether your course requires examples of written work above.  

If you are being interviewed overseas, we will still require any written work requested for your subject. 

5 Nov

Residency Form for Medicine applicants

All applicants for Medicine who are not BOTH 1) a UK citizen AND 2) have been resident in the UK for the last three years are asked to complete a Residency Form and send it as an email attachment along with any accompanying documents required.

All medicine applicants have been emailed about this. Please contact us if you have any questions.

5 Nov

Eligibility evidence for UK Government Funded Free School Meals or 16-19 Bursary

If you are a UK student eligible or previously eligible for Free School Meals, or the 16-19 Bursary, please send a letter from your school confirming this by this deadline.

We aim to release decisions on applications (rejection or interview invite) in late November, however in light of complications caused by the Covid-19 pandemic this may vary slightly. You will receive notification of this by email.  Please do not contact us to ask whether you will be invited to interview – we will be in touch as soon as we can.

For international applicants having remote overseas interviews (e.g Singapore, Malaysia, China) please be aware that the interview information published above relates ONLY to those having interviews organised as 'Cambridge, UK' interviews.

December (info for those invited to interview)

At-Interview Assessments

Instead of a pre-interview assessment, some courses require an at-interview assessment.  Like interviews, these will be conducted remotely this year. 

Subjects with an at-interview assessment at Lucy Cavendish are:

  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (ONLY where candidate will be studying a modern foreign language)
  • Classics (3yr and 4yr)
  • History
  • History and Modern Languages
  • History and Politics
  • History of Art
  • Law (Cambridge Law Test)
  • Linguistics
  • Modern and Medieval Languages
  • Philosophy
  • Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion

Please note that whilst there is no formal assessment for mathematics or music, written tasks will be required at interview.

Information about at-interview assessments is available here

At-interview planned arrangements 

At this stage only the dates and times and very brief details of the planned arrangements are available. Further confirmation of details and further practical information will follow shortly. There is nothing you need to do before receiving an invitation to interview except to put the date in your calendar and ensure that you will be available if selected. We aim to release invites to interview by the end of November. If you have applied for an overseas interview unfortunately we cannot give you more information - you will need to wait to hear from the relevant overseas interview team.

This years at-interview assessments will take one of the following two formats:

Arrangement A 

These assessments will NOT be invigilated. You will need a quiet space where you can work on your own, and access to the internet to obtain the paper and to submit your work. You will be given access to the assessment paper and will need to submit your work by the end time. You must complete the work unaided. 

Arrangement B 

These assessments will be invigilated remotely. You will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with a webcam enabled for the assessment. Shortly before the start time, you will be sent a paper that requires a password to open it. You will then attend a ZOOM meeting, where we will give you the password to open the paper. You must remain in the Zoom meeting and visible to the invigilator on your camera whilst you work on the assessment (once you are told you can begin, you can minimise the Zoom meeting window so that it is not distracting, if you have any queries you can type a message that only the invigilator can see using the chat function). At the end you will be asked to stop writing and then to either send the file or scan or scan and email handwritten work to us as an attachment (we will give you the relevant instructions for your paper nearer the time). We will open the emails and check we have what we need from you - you must wait for confirmation that we have received your work safely before leaving the meeting.

Dates & times of the at-interview assessments 

Date Time Zone 1 (UK time) Time Zone 2 (USA/Canada) - UK time Assessment Note
Tues 1 Dec 09.30-11:00 18:00 - 19:30 Archaeology Arrangement A
Tues 1 Dec 09.30-11:00 18:00 - 19:30 Architecture Arrangement A
Tues 1 Dec 09.30-11:00 18:00 - 19:30 Classics (3-year course) Arrangement A
Wed 9 Dec or Mon 14 Dec individual times individual times Classics (4-year course) Scheduled like another remote  interview
Tues 1 Dec 09.30-11:00 18:00 - 19:30 History Arrangement A
Wed 2 Dec 09.30-11:00 18:00 - 19:30 History & Modern Languages Arrangement A
Tues 1 Dec 09.30-11:00 18:00 - 19:30 History and Politics Arrangement A
Tues 1 Dec 09.30-11:00 18:00 - 19:30 History of Art Arrangement A
Tues 24 Nov 09.30-11:00 18:00 - 19:30 Law (Cambridge Law Test) Arrangement A
Wed 2 Dec 09.30-10.30 n/a Linguistics Arrangement B
Wed 2 Dec 09.30-11:00 18:00 - 19:30 Modern and Medieval Languages Arrangement A
Tues 1 Dec 09.30-11:00 18:00 - 19:30 Philosophy Arrangement A
Tues 1 Dec 09.30-11:00 18:00 - 19:30 Theology, Reigion and Philosophy of Religion Arrangement A



At Lucy Cavendish College we are currently intending to interview applicants in two windows, first from 30 Nov – 18 Dec 2020, and then from 4-8 Jan 2021.  Further information on the dates for individual subjects will be published in due course.

This year all interviews will take place remotely. Applicants will be interviewed from home, where possible. If applicants prefer, they can ask their school or college to host their interview.

We will be using the platform ZOOM for all our interviews. We will offer support sessions for all shortlisted candidates, so they can familiarise themselves with ZOOM prior to their interview. We will release dates for these support sessions shortly. 

The University of Cambridge Admissions Office has also produced a 'virtual interviews' guidance document for candidates which can be found here.

You may be required to undertake some reading or other work prior to your interview.  If this applies to you, further information will be provided in your invitation to interview letter.


The Winter Pool will takes place in the middle of January and we will email applicants selected for interview (whether Cambridge UK or overseas) with the outcome of their application on the 25 January. You can read about the different possible outcomes of an application.