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The application process for mature students is the same as that for standard-age students. However, the three mature Colleges also consider mature and affiliated applications for most subjects after the 15 October application deadline, as part of a second application round.

Application deadlines

For 2023 entry (or deferred entry in 2024), the standard application deadline is 15 October 2022. All mature applicants making an open application or applying to a standard-age College must submit their application by the 15 October deadline.

However, the three mature-student Colleges (Hughes Hall, St Edmund's and Wolfson) also consider applications from mature students and for second undergraduate degrees in some subjects as part of a second application round, the deadline for which is 1 March 2023 (11.59pm UK time). 

Applications are submitted in the standard way via UCAS, requiring the use of a UCAS course choice.

Please note, the following subjects are excluded from the second round, and applications for these courses must be submitted by the 15 October deadline:

  • Architecture
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • History of Art
  • Medicine
  • Graduate Course in Medicine
  • Law (see below)
  • Music
  • Natural Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Veterinary Medicine

For Law, applications to Wolfson College must be submitted by the 15 October deadline. However, Hughes Hall and St Edmund's consider applications for Law in the first application round (15 October) and also as part of the second application round (1 March).

You may apply to one of the mature Colleges for all other subjects in the second round, although you're encouraged to apply in the first round if possible. If you're considering applying in the second round (or for entry in future years), we recommend that you contact the admissions office at one of the mature Colleges for advice. The second application round is not open to candidates who have already applied in the October round.

Application deadlines for mature and affiliated applicants

For 2023 Entry

15 October 2022 (6.00pm UK time) Mature and affiliated applicants
  • applying to a standard-age College for any subject
  • applying to any College to study Architecture, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Engineering, History of Art, Medicine, Graduate Course in Medicine, Music, Natural Sciences, Philosophy or Veterinary Medicine
  • making an open application (mature applicants only)
  • applying in the first application round to Hughes Hall, St Edmund’s College or Wolfson College
  • applying to Wolfson College to study Law
1 March 2023 (11.59pm UK time) Mature and affiliated applicants applying in the second application round to
  • Hughes Hall, St Edmund’s College or Wolfson College to study any subject except Architecture, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Engineering, History of Art, Medicine, Graduate Course in Medicine, Music, Natural Sciences, Philosophy or Veterinary Medicine (see note above regarding Law)

Entrance requirements

We recommend that you initiate contact with one or more Colleges well before you make your formal application, in order to check their response to your academic preparation.

As a mature student at Cambridge you’re expected to be of an equal academic standard to school leavers. The nature and demands of Cambridge courses, and the requirement to produce independent work every week, means that some form of academic preparation is required. You’re therefore expected to demonstrate evidence of recent academic achievement (usually within two years of applying) at a high level; for example, an Access to HE Diploma, A Level(s) or an Open University course (Level 2 or above). Such qualifications also develop the essential study skills required for university courses (eg essay writing, autonomous study, and examination technique).

Guidance on the level of qualifications needed for study at Cambridge can be found in the main Entrance Requirements section of this website. In particular, you may be interested in the information relating to:

  • AS/A Levels
  • Access to HE Diplomas

Admission Assessments

Most applicants are required to take a subject-specific written admission assessment as part of the application process. The type of assessment you take depends on which course you are applying to and whether you are applying to a mature or standard age College.

Mature applicants for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Computer Science, Engineering, Natural Sciences, Law, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine are required to take the relevant pre-registration written assessments, whether you're applying to a standard age or mature College. 

If you're a mature student applying to one of the mature Colleges for Economics, you aren't required to take the pre-registration assessment, and will take a common format written assessment as part of the interview process instead. If you’re applying to one of the standard age Colleges for Economics, you will need to take the pre-registration written assessment.

For all other courses and for further information, see Admission assessments.

 

Contact Us

For further information and advice about being a mature student at Cambridge, please contact one of the mature Colleges directly: