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 Joining us in October 2021?

Important messages for 2021 Offer Holders:

 Email sent to all 2021 offer holders, June 2021
 Email sent to all 2021 offer holders, July 2021

The University of Cambridge and Colleges of Cambridge are carefully monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and we'd like to reassure applicants and offer holders that we're working hard to make sure the admissions process runs smoothly and safely.

This page will be updated regularly as more information becomes available, so please check here for up-to-date information.  We wish you, your peers, your schools and your families the very best during this difficult period.

Offers for 2021 Entry (or deferred entry in 2022)

The Cambridge Colleges communicated decisions to applicants (who applied in October 2020) in January 2021. You may have seen stories in the press about offer conditions which have not represented the University’s position fairly. We would like to reassure students that we will do our utmost to ensure that all who meet the terms of their offer are admitted to the University this year. In the unlikely event that we do not have enough places for all those who have met their offers, we will seek to deal with the matter by identifying students who are happy to transfer Colleges or defer their places.

Assessment of A Levels (or equivalent) in 2021

We understand that arrangements for awarding grades may be different this year and that this may vary depending on where you are and by exam board. Please be reassured that we will accept your official results regardless of whether they were achieved via taking exams or via assessment by your school.

We welcome the guidance provided regarding the assessment of A Levels in the UK in summer 2021, and look forward to receiving further detail of the form that teacher assessments will take.

Assessment of English Language Proficiency

Offer holders for whom English is not their first language may be required to demonstrate a level of proficiency as part of their offer conditions. The University and Colleges are aware that some English Language tests have reduced capacity due to Covid-19 restrictions and that students in some countries may have difficulty accessing tests. Students are therefore encouraged to liaise with their College admissions office to determine acceptable routes to prove their level of English.

Covid-19 disruption

During the Covid-19 pandemic we have been asking all applicants to inform us how their education has been disrupted so we’re able to take individual circumstances into account when we make our decisions. This is in keeping with our holistic admissions process. We will continue to do this, as we will continue to offer schools and students online educational support materials.

Outreach events and open days

All in-person outreach activities and events organised by Cambridge Admissions Office will be moved online (or cancelled where online delivery is not possible) until further notice. This position will be regularly reviewed and updates posted here as well as on the events section of our website. We hope to be able to welcome you to an event in Cambridge in the future. In the meantime, prospective students can register for our student newsletter to hear about events and resources.

Last updated: 5 July 2021