There is no age requirement for admission to Downing, although the large majority of undergraduates are 18 years or older when they come into residence.

All applicants will need to demonstrate that they have the maturity and personal skills to cope with university level study. A student who will be over 21 on commencing a course is classified as a mature student.

Deferred entry or Post A-Level application

With the exception of Mathematics, Downing has a neutral stance on the advisability of a gap year for candidates. It is expected that any candidate planning to take a gap year will already have a clear plan for the year and will be ready to discuss this at interview.

Re-application to Cambridge

We advise those who have not been made an offer of a place that, if they wish to re-apply to Cambridge, they should make their application to another College. This is because, in our experience, applying to a different college and being assessed by a fresh admissions team significantly increases the chances of receiving an offer.