All undergraduate admissions decisions are the responsibility of the Cambridge Colleges, and all enquiries about admissions decisions are dealt with on an individual basis between applicants (or their school/college) and the appropriate Cambridge College.
All Colleges provide, on request, feedback about unsuccessful applicants to the author of the school/college reference (the referee) or the Head or Principal of the school/college, providing that the applicant has given the College permission to do so. This is a requirement of the Data Protection Act, and applicants will normally be asked for their consent in a pre-interview questionnaire.
In general, feedback isn’t sent to students or their parents/guardians, and teachers should decide what information it’s appropriate to pass on.
An applicant's parent or guardian may only request feedback/initiate a complaint if the request/complaint is accompanied by a signed statement from the applicant authorising the parent or guardian to act on their behalf.
Review of an admissions decision
Please note that an admissions decision taken by a Cambridge College will not normally be reviewed unless it appears, after investigation, that a serious procedural error has occurred.
The re-grading of results
In agreement with UCAS regulations, conditional offers are confirmed or not confirmed on the basis of examination results known by 31 August for both entry in October of the same year and, in the case of deferred applicants, for entry in October of the following year.
In the case where a conditional offer is not confirmed, but a subsequent re-marking or re-grading of one or more examination scripts after 31 August results in a re-grading sufficient to fulfil the conditions of the offer, the College will discuss with the applicant how best to proceed.
Factors to be considered will include the availability of accommodation at the College and the timing of the re-grading relative to the start of the academic year. If the confirmation of a direct entry place is no longer practicable, it may be appropriate for a deferred offer to be confirmed at this stage.