Information for current applicants


Information for current applicants applying for entry in October 2020 or for deferred entry in October 2021

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 2020 or deferred entry in October 2021 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 register for a Pre-interview admissions assessment (deadline 1 October for Medicine and 15 October for other subjects which require this).

We very much look forward to welcoming applicants for interview during the week of 9 December.  Please remember to read the information below carefully.


Interviews will be held in Trinity from Monday 9 to Friday 13 December 2019.

Please note that you must not contact your interviewers directly – all correspondence concerning your application should be addressed to the Admissions Office.

You should ensure that you allow plenty of time for your journey to the College, allowing for traffic delays and train cancellations, and that you leave ample time to register for your first appointment.  If you experience any problems on the day, please contact Stacey Smith immediately on 01223 338422 or telephone the Porters’ Lodge on 01223 338400.  You do not need to attend anything other than the appointments that are listed in your personal interview schedule.  You are free to leave the College as soon as your last appointment has finished.

UCAS Track will not update to show that you have been invited to attend for interview.

There is no particular dress code for interviews at Trinity.  You are encouraged to dress comfortably.  Some applicants come in jeans and a jumper, some prefer a suit.  We are interested in your academic potential only.

If you will require a visa in order to the enter the UK, information about the application process can be found here.

Parents and guardians are welcome to look round the College whilst applicants are here but they must not wait outside interview or test rooms: it is disruptive to other candidates and interviewers want to meet applicants only.  The focus during interview week is purely on the assessment of candidates so we are unable to offer any tours or information sessions, etc.  If you have any questions about studying at Trinity, please refer to the undergraduate admissions pages of the College and University websites or contact the Admissions Office.

We regret that it is not possible for family or friends to stay in College or have meals in the Dining Hall; meals and accommodation are provided for applicants only.

If you are invited to interview, you may want to look at the information on this page:

On this page we have two recently filmed mock interviews, one in the sciences and one in an arts subject, to give you a better sense of what an academic interview is like. We hope you find it useful.

Interviews and the UK General Election

A General Election is due to take place in the UK on 12 December 2019, which falls within the interview period. If you are an applicant who will be eligible to vote, we strongly recommend that you arrange a postal or proxy vote as soon as possible as interviews cannot be rescheduled in order to accommodate in-person voting. Further information is available from The Electoral Commission.

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 7 November 2019, 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, and will receive information about interview procedures for your country directly from the overseas application centre concerned.

Interviews will be held in Trinity during the week commencing Monday 9 December 2019. 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.

Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA)

The Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA) must be completed by anyone applying from outside the EU or for an Organ Scholarship.  The COPA allows us to collect information that is not part of your UCAS application, and to make arrangements for overseas interviews or 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 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 2019. 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:  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.

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 everything you are required to do.
  • Send us in the post a photocopy of your passport page by 7 November 2019.  If you do not have a passport, please send a photocopy of your birth certificate.  The copy does not have to be attested.  This applies to all applicants.  Please write your UCAS Personal ID number and the subject you have applied to study at the top.
  • Complete the Admissions Confidentiality and Feedback form and return it by 7 November 2019 at the very latest.
  • If applicable for your subject, submit any written work that is required by 7 November 2019. Please remember to complete a Cover Sheet for each piece of work submitted. If you are being considered for interview 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 6.00 pm UK time on 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 7 November 2019. 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 modular AS and A levels, no action is necessary.
  • If applicable, complete and return the Disability/Specific Learning Difficulties form by 7 November 2019. 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 22 October 2019 (i.e. if you are applying for an Organ Scholarship or to be considered for interview in 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 20 October 2019 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 22 November 2019.
  • If you have experienced particular personal or educational disadvantage, you may like to consider submitting 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 22 October deadline. If this is relevant, please arrange for your form to be sent to us as soon as possible.

Unless stated otherwise, all 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

You may send the documents altogether in one envelope.

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

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 pay 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 your documents, please send a small self-addressed envelope for us to return to you.  Due to the vast number of  documents we receive, we are unable to acknowledge receipt of documents by email.

How we use your personal information

Please visit for information on how we use the personal information provided by applicants.  The College’s Data Protection Policy is available at

Where am I eligible for interview?

In the 2019-20 admissions round, the University will be conducting overseas interviews in Canada, China, Hong Kong*, India, Malaysia, New York, and Singapore.  Applicants from other Asian countries and regions (such as Brunei, Indonesia, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, 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:

  • Overseas applicants for Architecture, Classics, History of Art, or Music are advised to apply to be considered for interview in Cambridge.
  • Interviews in Canada are open to residents of Canada, the USA and the wider Americas, as well as those studying at school or university in Canada.  If you’re applying to study Architecture, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Classics, History of Art, History and Modern Languages (Joint Honours), Modern and Medieval Languages, or Music, you cannot request to be interviewed in Toronto.
  • Interviews in PR China are available to all applicants.
  • Interviews in Hong Kong are available to all applicants, although priority will be given to those who are domiciled, permanently resident or at school/university in the special administrative region of Hong Kong.  Please note: Due to the recent civil unrest in Hong Kong there is the possibility of disruption to the overseas interview arrangements. The Hong Kong interviews will proceed if at all possible but there may need to be a reduction in capacity or cancellation at short notice. Applicants for Hong Kong who are concerned about the possible disruption are welcome to request consideration for interview in Singapore (20 September deadline).
  • Interviews in Malaysia are available to all applicants.
  • Interviews in Mumbai are available to all applicants, although priority will be given to those who are resident or at school/university in India or who are Indian nationals resident elsewhere. If you’re applying to study Architecture, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Classics, History of Art, History and Modern Languages (Joint Honours), Modern and Medieval Languages, or Music, you cannot request to be interviewed in Mumbai.
  • The University conducts a remote interview scheme in New York for applicants from the USA and surrounding countries (though all applicants are welcome to apply to this scheme). The New York scheme is a different model to the other schemes – applicants will be interviewed via video-conferencing software by interviewers based in Cambridge.  Applicants for science courses at Trinity cannot request a remote interview in New York.
  • Interviews in Singapore are available to all applicants.


Applicants who have not taken six or more GCSEs, or five or more Scottish National Qualifications, in the last three years, may need to submit a High School Transcript. For further details if this applies to you, and for information on how to submit it, please see this page.

By transcript we mean a record of your academic achievement to-date in your high school/college examinations, usually for the previous year of your study. However, if you’re taking the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and took the Middle Years Programme (MYP), you should submit a transcript for the MYP. We would like to be provided with your teachers’ assessment of your academic performance to-date.  We strongly prefer to have the fullest possible information available to us in order to conduct a fair and holistic assessment.  Please do NOT include references, detailed project work or any non-academic achievements.


Decision letters will be posted to all applicants on Tuesday 14 January 2020 (University-wide communication date).  Emails will be sent on Wednesday 15 January 2020We 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.


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


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

Dr Glen Rangwala

Director of Admissions

September 2019