Undergraduate admissions at Churchill
Churchill runs a data-driven admissions process in which we heavily prioritise your examination results as an indicator of your academic potential. That said, we know that not all applicants have the same educational opportunities, so we place your results within the context of your educational history and pay close attention to what your teachers or lecturers write about you in their UCAS reference. It is important that we take this careful, holistic approach because we actively encourage applications from students from a great diversity of backgrounds.
If you are among the very ablest and highest-achieving students in your school or college, and your teachers or lecturers support your application, you are likely to be a serious candidate, and we strongly urge you to consider applying.
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Welcome from the Admissions Tutors
What distinguishes Oxford and Cambridge?
What characteristics do we look for in our students?
Key information we use in selection
Writing your UCAS personal statement
Preparing for Admissions tests
What to expect at an interview
Possible pitfalls in an application
What makes a difference?
As part of your application, we need to see a record or authenticated transcript of your academic achievement to date in secondary school and/or college examinations. This information is normally included on your UCAS form (as is the case with GCSEs, for example). If it is not, we will ask you for it elsewhere in the process.
We also need to receive a prediction from your school or college of your likely performance in any examinations that you have not yet taken. If you are sitting a baccalaureate-style qualification, we require outcome predictions for each subject within your programme, as well as an overall prediction.
Cambridge University uses a system of common format admissions assessments, specifically tailored to each subject. These give us valuable additional evidence of your academic ability, knowledge base, and potential to succeed at Cambridge. Our assessments are not pass/fail tests - your performance in any required assessment won't be considered in isolation but taken into account alongside the other elements of your application.
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If you apply for an arts or humanities degree, we will often ask you to send us some examples of written work, normally two pieces and ideally related to the course for which you are applying. These shouldn't be written specifically for Cambridge - we'd much prefer recent school or college work (UK Year 12 or 13, or equivalent), marked by a teacher. As a guide, we request that each piece should be approximately 1500 to 2000 words in length, though we understand that some submissions may be shorter (if work was sat under timed conditions, for example). We will request this written work after you have submitted your application.
If English isn't your first language, please note that any examples of written work you submit must be in English – either translated by you into English and then verified by your school or a suitable third party, or piece(s) you have originally written in English.
If you haven't got any written work that relates to the course you're applying for, work which shows your analytical writing will normally suit fine. Again, we don't want you to write anything specific for Cambridge - regular school or college work, teacher-marked, is what we're looking for.
You can check out written work requirements in your chosen subject by visiting our relevant Subject webpage.
We will interview you if, given your track record and the strength of the University field, you might realistically be in contention for an offer at the end of the admissions process. At Churchill, we typically interview 75% of applicants. Cambridge interviews are primarily interactive tests of academic ability based around discussion of an academic problem. In some subjects at Churchill, it would also be normal for you to take an informal aptitude test at interview. See our Subject webpages for more details.
If you are called to interview at Churchill, our expectation is that you will attend a meeting in person. Experience has taught us that remote interviews present significant difficulties so we will only consider arranging them in the most exceptional of circumstances.
If your application is successful, Churchill will offer you a place to study here as an undergraduate. This offer will normally require you to meet a number of academic (and possibly other) conditions. You can read more about our typical offers and view undergraduate application and admissions statistics for Churchill and the Cambridge Colleges.
Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about applying and studying at Churchill College.
Cambridge’s Undergraduate Study website and the University's Faculties and Department webpages include lots of useful information for applicants. However, if you have any questions that these or our websites do not answer, please contact our Admissions Office and we will make sure your inquiry is dealt with by the appropriate person.