Information for current applicants


Information for current applicants applying for entry in October 2021 or for deferred entry in October 2022

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 2021 or deferred entry in October 2022 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).

After submitting your UCAS application

All applicants must read the documents in this section very carefully and send any forms that have been requested. The Pre-Interview and Interview Notes for Applicants contain important information about any written work you may have to submit by Thursday 5 November 2020, and, if you are selected for interview by 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 copy of any written work you submit. If you are being interviewed by the overseas interview team you must still submit any written work that has been requested for your subject in the Pre-interview Notes document. Please note that applicants being interviewed by the overseas interview team will not follow the same interview procedures as applicants being interviewed by Trinity, and you will receive information about interview procedures for your country directly from the overseas interview team concerned.

Most interviews will be held by Trinity during the period from Monday 7 December 2020 to Wednesday 16 December 2020. We select a large proportion of our applicants for interview and shall try to give at least two weeks’ notice of the details.  Interviews by 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 by 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 2020. 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 by Trinity in December (i.e. interview arrangements for applicants being interviewed by an overseas interview team differ).
  • Check whether you need to register 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).
  • Complete the Admissions Questionnaire and submit it by 31 October 2020 at the very latest.  The link has been emailed to all applicants.
  • If applicable for your subject, upload any written work that is required by 5 November 2020. 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 document.
  • If you have registered a disability or specific learning difficulty on your UCAS application, please upload the Disability/Specific Learning Difficulties form by 5 November 2020. If no adjustments or allowances are required, it is not necessary to submit the form.
  • If you have been asked by the Admissions Office to complete a Fees Status Assessment Questionnaire, you should upload the form by 5 November 2020.
  • If you are unable to provide a digital photograph as part of the online Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ), you should contact the Cambridge Admissions Office as soon as possible.
  • You may be required to submit a transcript as part of your application to the College.  Please check here for further details.
  •  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. If this is relevant, please arrange for your form to be submitted as soon as possible.
  • In the case of those with a COPA deadline earlier than 22 October 2020 (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 2020 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 27 November 2020.

We will not be able to process your application until we have received all the documents required to complete your application.

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 2020-21 admissions round, the University will be conducting remote overseas interviews in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore.  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 by Trinity and you risk being deselected. Please note the following restrictions:

  • Overseas applicants for Architecture, Classics, Economics, History of Art, or Music are advised to apply to be considered for interview in Cambridge.
  • 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.
  • Interviews in Malaysia are available to all applicants.
  • 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.


Decisions will be sent to all applicants on Monday 25 January 2021 (University-wide communication date).  We are unable to give decisions over the telephone or discuss the outcome with parents.  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 February).  The Undergraduate Admissions website has information about the possible outcomes.

January Pool

UK and EU candidates who are placed in the Pool may be asked to undertake another interview in January. 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

October 2020