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School/college essays

For a number of our courses, mainly for arts and social sciences courses, you may be asked to submit one or two examples of your written work from a relevant A Level/IB (or equivalent) course. These should be as submitted to and marked by your teachers. A discussion of this work may then form part of the interview.

Information about which Colleges typically ask for written work can be found in the relevant course information. However, if this is required the Cambridge College that assesses your application will notify you about what sort of work this should be, where you should send it and the deadline for its submission (usually 3 November). If you have any queries/doubts about what you should submit or by when, please contact the relevant College’s Admissions Office as soon as possible for clarification.

Your school/college will be asked to complete a cover sheet to verify it’s your own work and provide details of the circumstances in which it was written. If you're asked to send in some work, we recommend that you submit work that you’d be happy discussing during an interview and it's a good idea to make a photocopy before submitting it so you can re-read it before your interview.