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General information

Contacting the Lucy Cavendish Admissions Team

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. We are here to support you at every stage of the application process so if you have any questions or concerns then please do not hesitate to contact us on admissions@lucy.cam.ac.uk. Please ensure 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. ‘BLOGGS, 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, by law, we are permitted to discuss a current application with the applicant or their UCAS referee only. 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. 

Submitting documents

At various points of the application process you will need to submit key documentation, such as samples of written work. Please ensure you use admissionsdocuments@lucy.cam.ac.uk for this purpose, ensuring you use start the email in the format detailed above. The subject line of your email should contain all the same information and the type of document, E.G. 'BLOGGS, Joseph, English, 0123456789, Written Work'

Using the current applicants page

We will be updating this page regularly through the whole of the admissions round, so please ensure you continue to check it. Any important updates relating to decisions and deadlines will be posted in this area of the page for easy access, as well as in the relevant sections below. Our page is organised as follows:

  • Deadlines timeline- please ensure you are aware of everything you need to do and when. Failure to meet deadlines will often result in an application being rendered invalid. We strongly advise you to plan what you need to do at each stage of the process well in advance so you have all relevant documentation available and ready before the deadline. Last minute panics are equally stressful for both you and us! If you need any help, remember to contact us as soon as you can on admissions@lucy.cam.ac.uk.
  • Stages of the application process and further information- please also ensure that you are aware of when essential aspects of the application process will take place, such as pre-interview assessments. We will continue to update later sections of the process with further details, such as interviews and decisions.

Please ensure that you continue to keep referring back to this web page at all stages of the application process. If in any doubt, please consult this page before emailing us, as any information you need should be available on here .

Please also ensure that you download and complete our application checklist so that you are aware of the deadlines you must complete throughout the application process.


Deadlines timeline

Upcoming deadlines for all applicants (for full information, consult the relevant deadline drop down boxes below)

15th October 18:00 (UK time)

  • UCAS application (including your UCAS reference)
  • Registration for pre-interview assessments for applicants from Chemical Engineering, Economics, Engineering, English, Land Economy, Natural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine 

22nd October 18:00 (UK time)

27th October 23:59 (UK time)

Upcoming deadlines for some applicants (for full information, consult the relevant deadline drop down boxes below)

22nd October 23:59 (UK time)

Deadline

What for?

Further info

27th September

18:00 (UK time)

 

Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) and transcript deadline for applicants wishing to be considered for interviews with the International Interviews Team

These interview slots are reserved for students in time zones of GMT + 7 hours or more, excluding China and Hong Kong. This includes, but is not limited to, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, the Philippines, Macau and Japan. These interviews are also only available in the following high demand subjects:

Computer Science

Engineering (including Chemical Engineering)

Human, Social, and Political Sciences (HSPS)

Mathematics

Natural Sciences (Biological)

Natural Sciences (Physical including Chemical Engineering)

You can find out more about international interviews here: https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/international-students/international-interviews

You will receive a link to the Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) and log-in details by email from the University within 48 hours of submitting your UCAS application. SAQ emails regularly go into spam mailboxes so please check both your inbox and spam mailboxes until you receive your SAQ email. The SAQ is a compulsory part of your application – your application is ineligible without it. A guide and the helpdesk contact details can be found at https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying/saq

You may be required to upload a high school transcript with your SAQ. Please ensure you check whether you need to do this here: https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying/transcripts

 

For full guidance on who should complete a transcript and what you should submit please consult our guidance document.

Deadline

What for?

Further info

1st October 
 

18:00 (UK time)

Registration for the BMAT, required for all Medicine applicants

See the BMAT information.

Please note that if you required modified papers (e.g. enlarged print) then you must apply by the 30th September.

Please also note that you can only register for the 3rd November sitting, as September's sitting will not be going ahead this year.

1st October


18:00 (UK time)

Registration for the TMUA, required for all Computer Science applicants

See information from Cambridge Assessment here.

Candidates can also register by the 15th October at the latest, but please note an additional late fee will be applied. We strongly encourage all Computer Science applicants to have their registration completed by the 1st October deadline.

Please note that if you required modified papers (e.g. enlarged print) then you must apply by the 30th September.

15th October
 

18:00 (UK time)

UCAS application (including your UCAS reference) 

See information on the UCAS application here. Please ensure you referee knows about this deadline, as anything submitted even a minute late cannot be accepted.

15th October
 

18:00 (UK time)

Registration for all pre-interview assessments (excluding the BMAT and TMUA)

Subjects which have a pre-interview assessment are:

  • Chemical Engineering (via Engineering sit the Engineering Admissions Assessment, via Natural Sciences sit the Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment)
  • Computer Science (please note the 1st October registration deadline mentioned above)
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Land Economy
  • Medicine (please note the 1st October registration deadline mentioned above)
  • Natural Sciences
  • Veterinary Medicine

In most cases, your assessment centre (usually your school/college) must register you for the pre-interview assessment - you can't register yourself. Information for schools/colleges is available here.

These assessments are a compulsory part of your application so, if you do not register by the deadlines, your application won’t be valid. 

Please note that if you require access arrangements, then you must registered by the 30th September

Further information about all pre-interview admissions assessments, including specifications and preparation material, can be found here.

22nd October
 

18:00 (UK time)

Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) and transcripts deadlines

 

You will receive a link to the Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) and log-in details by email from the University within 48 hours of submitting your UCAS application. SAQ emails regularly go into spam mailboxes so please check both your inbox and spam mailboxes until you receive your SAQ email.  The SAQ is a compulsory part of your application – your application is ineligible without it.  A guide and the helpdesk contact details can be found at https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying/saq

You may be required to upload a high school transcript with your SAQ. Please ensure you check whether you need to do this here: https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying/transcripts

 

27th October


23:59 (UK time)

Cambridge Additional Applicant Information Form (AAIF)

The Cambridge Additional Applicant information Form (AAIF) collects information on how COVID-19 may have impacted your recent education, and also gathers details on your remote interview set-up.

 

Please note that if you are applying for an interview as part of the remote interview scheme then you should be aware that the questions about interview scheduling do not apply to you. You must, however, complete the remainder of the form.

 

27th October


23:59 (UK time)

Lucy Cavendish Further Information Form for all applicants

Our further information form is designed to gather important contextual information not captured in the UCAS or SAQ form.

You can complete the form here: https://cambridge.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eFkklGJorR6XtJk

22nd October
 

23:59 (UK time)

Extenuating Circumstances Form

The ECF should be completed if your education or home life was seriously disrupted owing to health issues, disability, difficulties with schooling or challenging personal or family circumstances. 

The applicant themselves does not complete the form. Rather it should be completed by your school or college, or by a doctor or social worker if your school/college is not aware of the full picture. Further guidance can be found here here.

The link to the form is as follows:

https://cambridge.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_56C96AcAV7RFlyu 

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 in the Cambridge Additional Application Information form, which is filled in by all applicants.

22nd October


23:59 (UK time)

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.

Please ensure you read our full guidance document so that you are aware of who needs to submit the form, why we collect this information, and how you should send this information to us.

The Disability/Specific Learning Difficulty/long-term illness adjustments form is here:

Word version

PDF version

22nd October


23:59 (UK time)

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.

Please ensure you have read the full guidance document so you are if you need to submit a transcript or further academic documentation.

 

 

Deadline

What for?

Further info

4th November

 

23:59 (UK time)

Written work + coversheets

The following subjects require two samples of your written work:

  • Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic
  • Archaeology 
  • Asian and Middle-Easter Studies
  • Classics
  • Education
  • English
  • Geography
  • History, History and Modern Languages, History and Politics
  • History of Art
  • Human, Social and Political Sciences (HSPS)
  • Land Economy
  • Linguistics
  • Modern and Medieval Languages (MML)
  • Philosophy
  • Psychological and Behavioural Sciences
  • Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion

If you are required to submit written work, then please read this document thoroughly for full details of what you need to do.

The coversheet for written work is here:

Word document version

PDF version

4th November

 

23:59 

(UK time)

Fee Status Questionnaire 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 Fee Status Questionnaire and send it as a PDF email attachment to admissionsdocuments@lucy.cam.ac.uk.

The Fee Status Questionnaire can be found here:

Word document version

PDF version

4th November

 

23:59 

(UK time)

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

If you are a UK student at eligible or previously eligible in the last 6 years for Free School Meals, or the 16-19 Bursary, please send an official letter from your school/college confirming this by this deadline to admissionsdocuments@lucy.cam.ac.uk .

 


Application stages and further information

The following pre-interview assessments will take place on November 3rd:

  • BMAT- Medicine
  • ECAA- Economics
  • ENGAA- Engineering, Chemical Engineering via Engineering
  • NSAA- Natural Sciences (Physical and Biological), Chemical Engineering via Engineering

The following pre-interview assessments will take place on November 4th:

  • TSA- Land Economy
  • TMUA- Computer Science
  • ELAT- English Literature

If you are an international applicant, then please ensure you check the Cambridge Assessment website as test centres abroad may have different dates for these assessments.

Full details of all pre-interview assessments, including links to preparation material, can be found here

For details on how to register please check the November deadlines section above

When will hear if I've been invited to interview?

We aim to give candidates at least 1 week's notice prior to their interview. This year we currently plan for our interviews to take place in the weeks beginning 6th and 13th December. 

Our interviews are organised according to an incredibly tight schedule and it is usually extremely difficult to re-arrange an interview. You would therefore be well advised to keep these two weeks as free as you can.

How will interviews work this year?

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 closer to the time. We ask all applicants invited to interview to attend at least one of these support sessions so their interview will run as smoothly as possible. 

Although interviews will be conducted remotely, the format and purpose remains essentially unchanged. You can find out more how to prepare for interviews here.

How will at-interview assessments work this year?

The following courses have at-interview assessments this year:

Course

Assessment format

Archaeology

Essay/text response element (60 minutes)

Architecture

Writing skills (30 minutes)
Graphic and spatial ability (30 minutes)

 

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

(if candidates are planning to study a Modern European Language as part of their degree only)

If you are planning to continue a Modern European Language that you have studied to A-Level (or equivalent) alongside Arabic, Persian or Hebrew, then you will need to do the Modern and Medieval Languages Assessment:

Discursive response in Foreign Language (40 minutes)
Discursive response in English (20 minutes)

Classics (3-year)

Translation exercise (60 minutes)

Classics (4-year)

Language aptitude interview (20 minutes)

History 
(History Admissions Assessment)

Essay/text response element (60 minutes)

History and Modern Languages 
(Modern Languages assessment)

History and Modern Languages candidates are required to sit the following:

History and Admissions Assessment: Essay/text response element (60 minutes)

Modern and Medieval Languages Assessment: Discursive response in Foreign Language (40 minutes) and Discursive response in English (20 minutes)

History and Politics 
(History Admissions Assessment)

Essay/text response element (60 minutes)

History of Art

Structured comparison of images (60 minutes)

Law

Cambridge Law Test (Essay version; 60 minutes)

Linguistics

A combination of data questions and an essay question (60 minutes)

Modern and Medieval Languages

Discursive response in Foreign Language (40 minutes)
Discursive response in English (20 minutes)

Philosophy

Multiple choice logic problems (20 minutes)
Essay (40 minutes)

Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion

Comprehension questions on a pre-recorded sample lecture

 

At-interview assessment times will be coordinated centrally, meaning you may not sit your assessment on the same day as your interview. Please do not worry if this is the case; it will not affect our decision making in any way. You will also sit the admissions assessment remotely, either at home or in your school/college. We currently plan for at-interview assessments to take place during the weeks beginning 22nd November and 29th November. More detailed information on at-interview assessments will be released to candidates invited to interview closer to the time.

The Winter Pool

The Winter Pool will take place in the middle of January. The Winter Pool is a process by which Colleges make available to each other candidates who they consider to be worthy of a place at Cambridge, but to whom they cannot make an offer as they are oversubscribed in that subject. You do not need to do anything if you are placed in the Winter Pool, and most applicants do not find out if they have been 'pooled' until all decision letters have been released. Once decision letters have been released, you may be made an offer by another College, but being placed in the Winter Pool does not guarantee you will be offered a place.

You may be offered another interview in January by a College who has reviewed your file in the pool, although this is avoided as far as possible. 

Decisions

All decisions will be released by mid-January at the latest (the exact date is to be confirmed). You can read about the different possible outcomes of an application here.