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Undergraduate Study


Parents and supporters

As a parent or guardian you probably have your own questions and concerns about Cambridge. In our PDF iconGuide for Parents and Supporters we try to answer these questions, dispel any concerns and help you to advise your son or daughter.

If you have any further queries, just get in touch with the Cambridge Admissions Office where we will be happy to help. You may also find the information for parents and supporters on the University’s Student Wellbeing website useful.

Teachers and advisers

We value enormously the support and encouragement that teachers and advisers give to students who may be thinking of applying here.

View or download the Teachers Guide on this page, where you'll find lots of useful advice and guidance. Cambridge Admissions Office (CAO) and College admissions offices are also happy to give advice to teachers on admissions policy and other matters.

How similar are Oxford and Cambridge Universities?

The Universities of Oxford and Cambridge are distinct individual universities, however they have a great deal in common, including their collegiate structure and personalised teaching methods. Find out more

Written Assessments

Most applicants are required to take a course-specific written assessment as part of the application process. Find out more

Helping students prepare

Advice on helping students prepare their application to the University of Cambridge. Find out more

School/college reference

The school/college reference tells us about an applicant's abilities and potential. Admissions Tutors look for indications that a student’s academic strengths are well suited both to the course and to the style of study at Cambridge. Find out more

Teachers' Newsletter

Subscribe to our Teachers' Newsletter to keep up-to-date with events, the latest admissions news, and resources for students. Find out more

Area Links Scheme

The University's Area Links Scheme enables the Cambridge Colleges to build effective, coherent relationships with schools and colleges across the UK. Find out more

Events for teachers

As well as events for prospective students, a number of events for teachers, tutors and HE advisers are organised by the Cambridge Admissions Office (CAO) and several of the Colleges. These events provide up-to-date information about the University, including the application procedure and the range of outreach activities on offer. Find out more

Commercial application preparation

We're aware of private companies and individuals who offer, at a charge, information and advice on our admissions process, assessments and interviews. We DO NOT support or encourage any of these commercial enterprises.

None of these companies/individuals has access to any information that's not already available free of charge from College admissions offices, the Cambridge Admissions Office, Cambridge University Students' Union (CUSU) and student-led websites such as Inside Uni; and we're unable to verify the accuracy of the information these companies/individuals may provide.

Applicants should be aware that sharing of admissions assessment or interview questions either during or after the admissions cycle is strictly prohibited and applicants could inadvertently disadvantage their own application by engaging in this practice.

Subscribe to the Teachers' Newsletter

Sign up to our Teachers' Newsletter for the latest admissions news, events, information and resources for your students.