UK and EU Applicants

To apply, please fill in a UCAS form by October 15th online at the UCAS website.

Please include:

  • your personal details
  • education details
  • the 5 institutions you wish to apply to (in alphabetical order)
  • the courses you wish to study
  • a personal statement.

The UCAS website provides comprehensive help and information. Remember that if you are applying for medical (A100) or veterinary sciences (D100) a maximum of four of your choices can be for those courses.

When applying to Cambridge you will need to use a Campus Code to nominate your chosen College. Downing College’s Campus Code is D. If you do not have a preference College you can make an Open application (Campus Code 9) and your application will be allocated to a College after the application deadline.

After you’ve submitted your application

After your UCAS application has been submitted, Downing College will send you an email thanking you for your UCAS application and confirming that we have received it. In this email you will be asked to complete and return various forms.

You will also receive an email from the Cambridge Admissions Office, giving the web address of the online Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) and a date by which you must complete it.

The SAQ was developed to ensure that we have complete and consistent information about all applicants. It also enables us to collect information that is not part of the UCAS application but is helpful when assessing applications. The SAQ will ask for details such as:

  • UMS marks obtained on AS (if available) and A2 units (if you are applying post-A level)
  • information about topics already covered as part of your AS/A-Level (or equivalent) courses
  • registration numbers for admissions tests (if applicable).

If you are applying with an Extenuating Circumstances Form your teacher or tutor should submit the Extenuating Circumstances Form to your College of choice by 15 October.

International Students living outside the EU

If you live and study outside the EU, you must complete a Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA) in addition to a UCAS application.

Full details of the application process, including information about interviews overseas, dates and deadlines, can be found at the University of Cambridge site.

Organ Scholarships and Choral Awards

If you wish to apply for a Downing College Organ Scholarship you must complete a COPA in addition to a UCAS application. Choral Awards are applied for after you have been made an offer and details will be sent in your offer letter.

Full details of the application process, including dates and deadlines, can be found at the University of Cambridge site.

Applying as a mature student

Mature and affiliated applicants must complete a UCAS application and a COPA if applicable.

Full details about applying as a mature or affiliated student can be found on the University website.