This page is for those who have applied to Downing College and who have received an email acknowledging their application.

There is a lot of information here, so please make sure that you read it very carefully and that you return all documents requested by the deadlines given.

Please contact the Downing College Admissions Office on 01223 334826 or email the Admissions Officer, Kate Flint if you have any questions.

Email information

During the early stages of your application, the College and the University will send important information and reminders to the email address that you have provided in your UCAS application.  It is essential that your email account is configured correctly so that emails sent from the College and the University are not rejected or filtered into your 'junk'/'spam' folder by your email provider (you should check this folder regularly, as well as your inbox).  Your application may be disadvantaged if you don't take the steps described below.

The College and the University will contact you from time to time using the following email addresses:

admissions@dow.cam.ac.uk

klf30@cam.ac.uk

tutorial-enquiries@dow.cam.ac.uk

access@dow.cam.ac.uk

saq@admin.cam.ac.uk

saqhelp@admin.cam.ac.uk

copa@admin.cam.ac.uk

copahelp@admin.cam.ac.uk

appfees@admin.cam.ac.uk

camsistechlive@admin.cam.ac.uk

Please ensure that all of the above email addresses are:

  • ADDED to your email client's Contact list
  • ADDED to your email client's Safe Sender List (if available)
  • REMOVED from your email client's Block Sender List

 

Help for some of the more commonly used email clients can be found at the following links:

 

FORMS TO FILL IN AND RETURN . . . .

1. Data protection declaration form

Download the form here

Who needs to submit this form? ALL APPLICANTS

How should the form be submitted? Download and print the form to be completed by you. Send the completed form to:

The Admissions Office

Downing College

Cambridge CB2 1DQ

You can also scan and email your form to the Admissions Office.

By when? Wednesday 7 November.

2. Fee status assessment questionnaire - applicants for MEDICINE only

Download the form here

Who needs to submit this form? MEDICINE APPLICANTS ONLY.  Applicants for Medicine must complete and return the form by 31 October.  Applicants for all other subjects are not required to complete this form.

How should the form be submitted? Please download, print and complete the form, and send to:

The Admissions Office

Downing College

Cambridge CB2 1DQ

You can also scan and email your form to the Admissions Office.

What else do I need to send with this form? Please provide appropriate evidence of your nationality, for example relevant pages of your passport.  If you do not have a passport please provide a copy of your EU identity card or your birth certificate.

By when? Wednesday 7 November.

3. Written work

Download cover sheets here

Who needs to submit written work and cover sheets? Only applicants for:

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

 

What should written work include? Two essays or pieces of coursework in an appropriate subject or subjects would be ideal. These should have been produced in the course of your AS or 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 email the Admissions Office.

Candidates for Architecture must bring a portfolio of work to the interview with the Director of Studies in Architecture.

How should the written work and cover sheets be submitted? Download and print a separate cover sheet for each of your two pieces of written work. The cover sheets must then be completed by you and a school or college representative. Send the cover sheets and your written work to:

The Admissions Office

Downing College

Cambridge CB2 1DQ

By when? Wednesday 7 November

 

4. Extenuating circumstances form

Download the form here

Who needs to submit this form? UK or EU applicants who have experienced particular personal, social or educational disadvantage. More information is available at the University of Cambridge site.

How should the form be submitted? Download and print the form to be completed by you and a school or college representative. Send the completed form to:

The Admissions Office

Downing College

Cambridge

CB2 1DQ

You can also scan and email your form to the admissions office.

By when? 15 October to be considered alongside your application form, or as soon as possible after that date.

 

5. Disability/Specific Learning Difficulties interview adjustment form

Download the form here

Who needs to submit this form? Applicants with a disability or specific learning difficulty.

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty, including dyslexia or dyspraxia, please complete the form and return this to us as soon as possible. We wish to ensure that, wherever possible and required, we can make appropriate arrangements if you are called for interview.

How should the form be submitted? Download and print the form to be completed by you and a school or college representative. Send the completed form to:

The Admissions Office

Downing College

Cambridge CB2 1DQ

You can also scan and email your form to the Admissions Office.

By when? 31 October.

 

6. Pomona College Exchange Scheme

Download the form here

Full details of the Pomona-Downing Scholarship

Who needs to complete and submit this form? All applicants who wish to apply to be considered for the Pomona College exchange scheme 2018/19.

Would you like to have a fully-funded, pre-university year at Pomona College, an American Liberal Arts College in Claremont, California?

The scholarship will cover all costs of tuition, accommodation and flights. One student who has received an offer from Downing College for an undergraduate course starting in October 2018, will be allowed to defer entry to October 2019 and will be accepted by Pomona College as the Pomona-Downing Scholar.

The student will be able to spend a full academic year at Pomona before coming into residence to start their course at Cambridge. The year at Pomona is fully funded; all travel and agreed living expenses will be paid for.

How should the form be submitted? Download and print the form to be completed by you. Send the completed form to:

The Admissions Office

Downing College

Cambridge CB2 1DQ

You can also scan and email your form to the admissions office.

By when? Wednesday 7 November

 

ASSESSMENTS . . . .

7. At-interview Assessments

Information about assessments to be taken at interview and any other additional requirements will be supplied in letters inviting applicants to interview.  University information about at-interview assessments  is here: http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying/admissions-assessments/at-interview.  Applicants for Music, Engineering, Mathematics and other subjects where there is a significant mathematical component of the course will have an assessment (in addition to any University admissions assessment), which is specific to Downing College and will take place at Downing College if the applicant is invited to interview.  More information about these assessments can be found here: http://www.dow.cam.ac.uk/join-downing/undergraduate-admissions/applying-downing/admissions-assessments.  You do not have to register for these assessments.  Please contact the Admissions Office, admissions@dow.cam.ac.uk if you have any questions.

8. Pre-interview Assessments

Information about Pre-interview tests can be found on the University website here http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying/admissions-assessments/pre-interview. Please note that you must register for pre-interview assessments before 15 October 2018.  If you require access arrangements you must be registered by 30 September 2018.

9. Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT)

All applicants for the Standard Medicine Course (A100) are required to take the BMAT before they are considered for interview.  Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing offer two assessment dates (one in September and one in October).

Candidates can only take the BMAT once – either in September or in October.  The format of the assessment will be the same on both dates, but there are some differences in registration arrangements, which are outlined below for information.

Please note that the University of Cambridge will accept BMAT results from the September or the October sitting.  However, some institutions (listed on the BMAT website) will only accept results from the October assessment, so students wishing to apply to one of these must take the BMAT in October.

September BMAT

The September BMAT will be taken on 1 September 2018.

Registration for the September BMAT closes at 11.59pm BST on 12 August (modified papers must be requested by 27 July).

Candidates must register themselves online if they wish to take the September BMAT. 

The standard UK/EU entry fee for the September BMAT is £80 (£115 for rest of the world)– eligible students can apply to have the entry fee reimbursed (see the BMAT website).

Information about the September BMAT can be found on the Cambridge Assessment website at: www.admissionstestingservice.org/for-test-takers/bmat-september/about-bmat-september/.

October BMAT

The October BMAT will be taken on 31 October 2018.

Standard entry registration for the October BMAT closes at 23.59pm BST on 1 October (modified papers must be requested by 30 September).  Late entries may be made until 18.00 BST on 15 October but please note that any entry made after 23.59 BST on 1 October will be charged late entry fees.

Candidates must be registered by their assessment centre (they cannot register themselves) for the October BMAT.

The standard UK/EU entry fee for the October BMAT is £46 (£78 for rest of the world) – eligible students can apply to have the standard entry fee reimbursed (see the BMAT website).

Information about the October BMAT can be found on the Cambridge Assessment website at: www.admissionstestingservice.org/for-test-takers/bmat/.

More information can be found on the BMAT website

Please note that you must register for the October BMAT by 1 October 2018 (late registrations by 15 October 2018).

 

INTERVIEWS . . . .

10. Interviews

Those applicants to whom interviews are offered will be asked to come to Cambridge during the period 27 November to 15 December.

We will try to give each applicant at least two weeks advance notice of the timing of interviews but there may be occasions when this is not possible.

Applicants for Medicine will not be informed about interviews until results of the BMAT are known.

Dates for interviews within each subject will be posted on the Downing College website as they are confirmed. Please avoid other fixed commitments that might clash with interviews during this period; we cannot re-arrange interview times assigned to you.

If you are unable to make one or more of the days specified for your subject please email the Admissions Officer, Kate Flint as soon as possible as well as noting these restrictions in your Supplementary Application Questionnaire. If enough notice is given, it may be possible to avoid scheduling your interviews on those days.

Interviews can start as early as 8.30am, with the later ones finishing at 6.30pm. It is not possible to make any changes after you have been notified of your interview times.

You will not normally receive an offer of a place without interview. At least two interviews are usually given, normally with two interviewers present. Our aim is to gauge intellectual potential and motivation as well as the present state of your knowledge.

Most, but perhaps not all, the questions asked will be of an academic or technical nature, relating to your present and future studies. We will try to work with the knowledge you already possess, and then take the discussion further, as might happen in a small-group teaching session here in Cambridge.

Any special arrangements for interviews in individual subjects will be communicated when you are notified of your interview date.

 

DECISIONS . . . .

11. When will you hear about the outcome of your application?

Our decision as to whether or not your application has been successful will be emailed to you on Thursday 11 January 2018.  Please make sure to check your 'spam' or 'junk' email folders.

If you have been successful you will also receive a letter containing full details about the conditions of your offer and other important information.  Please contact the Admissions Officer admissions@dow.cam.ac.uk if your letter has not arrived by Wednesday 17 January 2018.

If your application has been unsuccessful, you will not receive a letter in addition to the email.

12. Conditional offers

Following interviews, we shall decide whether to make you a conditional offer based on results to be achieved in the appropriate examinations (A2 or equivalent).

It should be noted that, although the standard required to gain entry to Cambridge is high, no candidate will be set an offer that we believe to be unreasonable in the light of their particular circumstances.

Details of our general policy in each subject are given on the Downing College website.

13. Unconditional offers

If you have already taken GCE A2 or equivalent, we will already know your grades.

Following the interviews, we shall decide whether to make you an academically unconditional offer of a place.