Applicants for certain subjects will be asked to submit two pieces of written work. We will request this when we acknowledge your application.

Cover sheets for written work, to be completed by you and a school or college teacher, will be available to download from the Downing College website. The deadline for receipt of written work is 8 November.

The subjects in question are:

  • Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Classics
  • Education
  • History
  • History and Modern Languages
  • History and Politics
  • History of Art
  • Human, Social and Political Sciences
  • Linguistics
  • Modern and Medieval Languages
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Theology

Two essays or pieces of coursework in an appropriate subject or subjects should be submitted. These should have been produced in the course of your A-Level (or equivalent) studies and marked by a teacher, not specially written for the interview.

If you wish, you may include a short post-script suggesting how you might add to or alter your essays in the light of more recent study and thought. One of these pieces of work might be used as the basis of discussion in at least one of your interviews.

If you are in any doubt concerning suitability of written work to be sent, please contact the Admissions Officer.

Candidates for Architecture will be asked to bring a portfolio to their interview with the Director of Studies in Architecture.