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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 admissions@lucy.cam.ac.uk, 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.

Submitting Documents

At various stages of the process we will require you to submit documents to us (e.g. written work, transcripts, disability adjustment forms, fee status questionnaires, etc.).  Please submit all such documents by email to admissionsdocuments@lucy.cam.ac.uk, scanning paper documents if necessary.  Our preferred file format is PDF.  Please give all documents a filename using the following convention:

FAMILYNAME First Name – Subject – Document Name

E.G. ‘BLOGS Joseph – Natural Sciences (Physical) – Fee Status Questionnaire.PDF’

Current Important Advice

Pre-interview Admissions Assessments

If your subject requires you to sit a pre-interview admissions assessment and you did not register for this assessment by the deadline  (15 October in most cases), please email us as soon as possible at admissions@lucy.cam.ac.uk.

UPDATE: Candidates who are now unable to access a test centre because of Covid-19 related restrictions can now apply for remote proctoring for their assessment, allowing them to take the test from home.  This may particularly apply to candidates currently in Wales.  Please see here for further information and to apply: https://support.admissionstesting.org/hc/en-gb/articles/360049425732  Please note that the deadline for applying for remote proctoring is 26 October 2020.

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
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Land Economy
  • Medicine
  • Natural Sciences
  • Veterinary Medicine

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

Pre-interview admissions assessments will be taken on 4 and 5 November 2020.

Many subjects that do not have a pre-interview assessment have an at-interview assessment.  No registration is required for these.  Further information about at-interview assessments is provided below.

Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ)

The SAQ deadline has now passed.  It was 6pm on Thursday 22 October.  If you have not completed an SAQ, your application will be invalid and cannot be accepted.  You will have been emailed by the Admissions Office if this applies to you.

Cambridge Online Pre-Application (COPA)

The COPA deadline has now passed.  If you were required to submit a COPA (see here) and have not done so, please email admissions@lucy.cam.ac.uk as soon as possible.

Extenuating Circumstances Form

If your referee has missed the deadline for submitting an Extenuating Circumstances Form (ECF) alongside your application, please ask them to submit it as soon as possible. We will still accept it if we receive it by 26 October 2020. Each College has their own Extenuating Circumstances Form and you can find Lucy Cavendish's form 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.

Lucy Cavendish College Further Information Form 

All applicants to Lucy Cavendish College are required to complete an additional information form. This form is crucial to our use of contextual data in admissions.  It will also be used this year to help us to plan for online interviews and to collect other information to help us to process your application. Applicants are not required to provide the personal information requested (each question has an opt-out option), but choosing not to provide information will mean that it cannot be taken into consideration in the decision-making process. The form link can be found here.

The deadline for completion of this form has been extended to 26 October 2020. Please ensure you complete it as soon as possible if you have not already done so.

Written work

We would recommend that you start deciding on which pieces of written work (make sure that you have checked your subject page carefully to check how many pieces of work you must send) early on, so you don’t miss the deadline (5 November 2020).Your written work may be of any length, should be produced in the course of your most recent academic studies, and marked by a tutor, lecturer or teacher. Further information about written work can be found here. 

Written work is required for the following subjects at Lucy Cavendish:

  • Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic
  • Archaeology
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Classics (3yr and 4yr)
  • Education
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • History and Modern Languages
  • History and Politics
  • History of Art
  • Human, Social and Political Sciences
  • Land Economy
  • Linguistics
  • Modern and Medieval Languages
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Psychological and Behavioural Sciences
  • Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion

You will need a Written Work Cover Sheet as the first page in the pdf of each piece of work. The coversheet is available to download below:

Please save your pdf(s) on a computer with the following title
Subject FAMILY NAME  First name - Written work number (1,2,etc) 

Email your essays and cover sheets to: admissionsdocuments@lucy.cam.ac.uk

Late applications/missed deadlines

Unfortunately we cannot consider late applications, or applications where one of the below deadlines has been missed, so please do not email the Admissions Office requesting this.

Given the ongoing complications caused by COVID-19, it is more important than ever this year that applicants meet deadlines.  Please do not leave things until the last minute.  Please try to complete forms and meet requirements in advance so you have time to email us if things go wrong or if you require support.

 


Key dates timeline and further information

October

Deadline

What for?

Further info

1 Oct
5pm
(UK time)

Medicine applicants register for the BMAT.

See the BMAT information.

15 Oct
6pm
(UK time)

UCAS application (including UCAS reference).

See the UCAS information.

15 Oct
6pm
(UK time)

Registration for other pre-interview Admissions Assessments.

You can find the deadlines here.

19 Oct
6pm
(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: copahelp@admin.cam.ac.uk / +44 (0)1223 333308

22 Oct
6pm
(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 (saqhelp@admin.cam.ac.uk / 01223 333308).

22 Oct
6pm
(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
midnight

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
Midnight

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
Midnight

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
Midnight

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.

 

November

Deadline

What?

Detail

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
Midnight

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
Midnight

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
Midnight
 

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.  We will provide further information here as soon as the arrangements are confirmed.  For now, please be aware that your assessment may well be on a different day to your interview.

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
  • 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.

Interviews

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 and at-interview assessments 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.  Interviews will be conducted in single, hour-long slots, during which time candidates may speak to different teams of interviewers.

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.

January

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 by late January. You can read about the different possible outcomes of an application.