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Interviews

Interviews are just one part of the Cambridge selection process, but there are a lot of myths surrounding them and applicants often get very nervous beforehand. Afterwards, though, almost everyone who has an interview will tell you that it wasn’t as a bad as they thought it might be! Interviews are like mini teaching sessions, and they are a chance for you to have an academic conversation with tutors – lots of people actually enjoy the experience of being able to talk to a top academic about their interests and experiences.

Explore your subject

It’s not just down to exam results – you need to apply for a subject that you find genuinely interesting, and explore it in your spare time.

Prospective applicants often worry about doing lots of extra-curricular activities like sports, music or volunteering. While these things are certainly worthwhile and it’s good to have a balance between academic work and activities outside the classroom, extra-curricular activities that aren’t related to your chosen course won’t affect your chances of getting a place at Cambridge. Instead, we focus on “super-curricular” activities: reading, research, taster courses and work experience relevant to your chosen university course.

Subject Specific

If you’d like to know more about a subject and get to know the Academic Staff that would be teaching you here at Trinity College, have a look at our Subject Chats below:

Useful links and resources

  • Personal Statements Guide – The Cambridge Students’ Union useful guide to writing a Personal Statement, breaking down a lot of the misconceptions applicants (and sometimes teachers) have about writing a Personal Statement for Cambridge.
  • www.applytocambridge.com – The University’s Alternative Prospectus, written by the students, rather than by the staff. It contains a student perspective on each course and college, as well as information that you won’t find in the official prospectus (for instance, how much a drink in the bar costs, how many hours of work you get per week, and so on).
  • Super-curricular suggestions – A selection of suggested reading lists and resources compiled in one handy document. These lists are NOT ‘required reading’ for Cambridge applicants. They simply provide some suggestions for places to start exploring your own interests in your chosen subject independently.
  • Ask-A-Student – Run by CUSU (Cambridge University Students Union). You can send a message and it will be passed on to a current Cambridge Student. Ask about anything; what the food is like at a particular college, what it’s like to learn a language from scratch, whether a particular society exists for an interest you might have, and so on.
  • InsideUni – A student-led project with application advice from Cambridge students including a database of interview experiences.
  • HE+ Access initiative by Cambridge University to promote access to Higher Education. You’ll find online resources for a variety of subjects as well as useful additional reading and information for people interested in applying for courses at Cambridge.
  • Russell Group Website – Guidance for students from the Russell Group (24 of the UK’s top Universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, Manchester, Edinburgh, UCL and many more)
  • Cambridge Societies Directory – Check out this list of over 700 societies on offer for our students!

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