Information for current applicants

Information for current applicants applying for entry in October 2017 or for deferred entry in October 2018

Thank you for your application to Trinity College. Below you will find the information you need for the next stages in the application process. This page will be your main source of information until January. It is essentially the Admissions Office notice board. Please read this information carefully as you will not receive a further notice of anything you are required to do. Further information for those applying for entry in October 2017 or deferred entry in October 2018 can be found in the notes below. These include details about the College and our admissions procedures. There is also a list of key dates in this year’s admissions timetable. It is crucial that you submit your Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (if applicable), UCAS application, Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) and high school transcript (if applicable) by the appropriate deadlines.  You should also check whether you need to be registered for a Pre-interview admissions assessment (deadline 1 October for Medicine and 15 October for other subjects which require this).

Decisions

Decision letters were posted to all applicants (except those being interviewed in the Winter Pool) on Wednesday 11 January 2017 (University-wide posting date).  Emails were also sent on Thursday 12 January 2017.  We are unable to give any decisions over the telephone.  UCAS Track will only update once the central Cambridge Admissions Office has given the decisions to UCAS (they will do this by the end of January).  The Undergraduate Admissions website has information about the possible outcomes.

After submitting your UCAS application

All applicants must read the documents in this section very carefully and send any forms that have been requested in the post. The Pre-Interview and Interview Notes for Applicants contain important information about any written work you may have to send in by Thursday 3 November 2016, and, if you are selected for interview at Trinity in December (i.e you are not being considered for interview overseas), details of the interview arrangements and assessments for all subjects. Please read this carefully and take whatever action is required. It is important that you keep a photocopy of any work you send in. If you are being interviewed overseas you must still submit any written work that has been requested for your subject in the Pre-interview Notes. Please note that applicants being interviewed overseas will not follow the same interview procedures as applicants being interviewed in Trinity. Interviews will be held in Trinity during the week commencing Monday 5 December 2016. We invite a large proportion of our applicants in the UK and EU to attend interviews and shall try to give at least two weeks’ notice of the details.  If you will require a visa to enter the UK, please visit this web page for further information. Interviews in Trinity will be with one or more of the teaching staff in the subject you intend to study in the first year. Please note that the initial assessment of your application and scheduling of interviews will take us some time. If you are being considered for interview in Trinity in December, we will write to you in the second half of November to let you know whether or not you have been selected for interview and, if applicable, to give you your interview timetable. All applicants should complete and return the Data Protection Consent Form and Fee Status Assessment Questionnaire, regardless of your interview status.

Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA)

The Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA) must be completed by anyone applying from outside the EU. The COPA allows us to collect information that is not part of your UCAS application, and to make arrangements for overseas interviews and Organ Trials. The COPA should be completed in addition to a UCAS application.  Your application will not be valid unless both are received by the relevant deadline.  In many cases there is an earlier application deadline to allow time to arrange overseas interviews. Please visit http://www.study.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate/apply/copa.html for further details.

Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ)

In order to make a valid application to the University of Cambridge, you must also complete an online Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ). Once your UCAS application has been received by the University a message will be sent to the email address specified in that application. In this email you will be given the web address of the online Supplementary Application Questionnaire, your personal login details and a date by which you have to complete it. In the majority of cases this deadline will be 6.00 pm UK time on 22 October 2016. We will not be able to process your application until we have received your completed SAQ. It is not necessary for you to advise us once you have submitted your SAQ – we will receive it automatically. Please note that we do not acknowledge receipt of the SAQ. If you are unable to complete the SAQ online (i.e. because you do not have a valid email address or as a result of a disability), please contact the Cambridge Admissions Office as soon as possible (01223 333308/email: saqhelp@cao.cam.ac.uk. We will be contacting you by email at various stages throughout the application process so it is essential that our emails are not rejected by your email provider. For set-up instructions, please see FAQ – Receiving emails from the University of Cambridge.

Where am I eligible for interview?

In the 2016-17 admissions round, the University will be conducting overseas interviews in Canada, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore. Applicants from other Asian countries (such as Brunei, Indonesia, the Phillippines, South Korea, Tapei, Thailand and the Maldives) are invited to apply to be considered for interview either in Singapore, Malaysia (20 September deadline) or in Cambridge (15 October deadline). Applicants who are eligible to be interviewed in a country listed above are strongly advised to apply by the appropriate deadline and to request an interview in that country. There is no advantage to being interviewed in Cambridge and you risk being deselected. Please note the following restrictions: if interviews are held in your home or school country, you can only request an interview in that country or in Cambridge — applicants for Architecture, History of Art, Classics and Music are advised to apply to be considered for interview in Cambridge

  • interviews in Canada are only available to applicants who are resident or at school/university in Canada or who are Canadian nationals resident elsewhere
  • interviews in Hong Kong are only available to applicants who are domiciled, permanently resident or at school/university in the special administrative region of Hong Kong

What must I do now?

  • Read the Pre-interview and Interview Notes document very carefully and make note of anything you are required to do. Please note that any reference to interview arrangements in this document applies only to applicants who are being considered for interview in Cambridge in December (i.e. interview arrangements for applicants being interviewed overseas differ).
  • Print out the Checklist and make a note of anything you are required to do.
  • Study the Data Protection document and return the Consent Form in the post by 3 November 2016. This applies to all applicants, including those who have completed a COPA.
  • Complete and return the Fee Status Assessment Questionnaire in the post by 3 November 2016. This applies to all applicants, including those who have completed a COPA.
  • If applicable for your subject, submit any written work by 3 November 2016. Please remember to complete a Cover Sheet for each piece of work submitted. If you are being interviewed overseas you must still send us any written work that has been requested for your subject in the Pre-Interview and Interview Notes for Applicants.
  • Check whether you need to be registered for a Pre-interview admissions assessment (deadline 1 October for Medicine and 15 October for other subjects which require this).
  • If you are taking, or have taken, modular AS and A levels, you must post evidence of the UMS and/or raw scores you have achieved (such as a Statement of Results) to the Admissions Administrator by 3 November 2016. We will place this on your file so please send a photocopy which we may keep. Please ensure that your name is clearly shown on the document and write your UCAS Personal ID number and the subject you have applied to study at the top. If you are not taking A levels, no action is necessary.
  • If applicable, complete and return the Disability/Specific Learning Difficulties form by 3 November 2016. If you have registered a disability or specific learning difficulty on your UCAS application, please read this letter and complete and return the form if appropriate. If no adjustments or allowances are required, it is not necessary to return the form.
  • If you are unable to provide a digital photograph as part of the online Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ), you should complete and return the Applicant Photograph Submission Form by the deadline stated.
  • You may be required to submit a transcript as part of your application to the College.  Please check here for further details.
  • In the case of those with a COPA deadline earlier than 19 October 2016 (i.e. if you are applying for an Organ Scholarship or to be considered for interview in China,  Malaysia or Singapore), we will contact your referee directly by email to request a copy of the reference they will provide in your UCAS application. If you are submitting your COPA application for the 19 October 2016 deadline, the reference will be obtained directly from your UCAS application.
  • If you are applying to read Medical Sciences (Medicine), read carefully the information about the BMAT. Please note that we do not select applicants for interview in Trinity until we receive the BMAT results. Results will be released by the exam board on Friday 25 November.
  • If you have experienced particular personal or educational disadvantage, you may like to consider asking your school to complete an Extenuating Circumstances Form. Further information about this can be found on the University website. We are happy to continue receiving Extenuating Circumstances forms past the 15 October deadline. If this is relevant, please ask your school to send your form to us as soon as possible.

Unless stated otherwise, documents should be sent in the post as soon as possible and by the deadlines stated to:

Ms Stacey Smith, Admissions Administrator, Trinity College, Cambridge, CB2 1TQ

If you do not have a printer and would like hard copies of any of the forms posted to you, please let Ms Smith know.

We will not be able to process your application until we have received all the documents required to complete your application. Where requested, documents should be sent in the post as we require the originals with signatures. Emailed documents or faxed copies are not acceptable. When sending us documents it is imperative that you use the correct postage. Within the UK this is especially important if you are sending thick packages or those sized above A5 as they will require ‘Large Letter’ postage. Royal Mail will not deliver letters if insufficient postage has been paid. If you would like confirmation that we have received any documents, please send a self-addressed envelope for us to return to you.


Transcripts

For those students who have to submit a transcript, by ‘High School Transcript’ we mean a record of your academic achievement to-date in your secondary school/college examinations, which are usually taken in the last two years of schooling (if you are currently studying at a university, you are also required to provide a university transcript). For most students, the transcript will be an official document or certificate from your school/college/university which lists the subjects you have studied and the grades/qualifications that you have obtained. Please provide as much information on your examination performance as possible. Where possible, please also include details of any internal assessments that you may have undertaken.  For an example of a high school transcript and information on how to submit your transcript, please visit the transcript submission page.

For 2017 entry Colleges will normally require transcripts only for applicants who have not taken six or more GCSEs, or five or more Scottish National Qualifications, in the last three years.


International Students

If you are being interviewed overseas, you must still submit any written work that has been requested for your subject in the Pre-Interview and Interview Notes for Applicants. Please note that international students who are being interviewed overseas will not follow the interview procedures that are outlined in the Pre-Interview and Interview Notes for Applicants; the information about interview arrangements in this document applies only to applicants who are being interviewed in Trinity in December – you will follow the interview procedures outlined for your country, the precise details of which will be sent to you directly by the overseas application centre concerned.

Decisions

Decision letters will be posted to all applicants (except those being interviewed in the Winter Pool) on Wednesday 11 January 2017 (University-wide posting date).  We are unable to give any decisions over the telephone.  UCAS Track will only update once the central Cambridge Admissions Office has given the decisions to UCAS (they will do this by the end of January).  The Undergraduate Admissions website has information about the possible outcomes.

January Pool

UK and EU candidates who are placed in the Pool may be invited for another interview in early January. It is important that we have both the address and a telephone number at which you can be contacted then. If you intend to be at the home address given on your application, no action is required; if you will be elsewhere, you must send us the details as soon as they are known. You should also let us know as soon as possible if you will not be available for interview in January.

Queries

If you have any queries, on any matter at all, please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Administrator, Ms Stacey Smith.

Tel: +44 (0)1223 338422

Fax: +44 (0)1223 338584

Email: admissions@trin.cam.ac.uk

When contacting us, please include the following information:

  • Your full name as you entered it on your UCAS application (please do not use alternative names)
  • The subject you have applied to study
  • Your UCAS Personal ID number

Professor Adrian Poole

Tutor for Admissions

September 2016