Girton Application Timeline

Step 1

Research the course you are interested in to ensure it will interest you for three years, and make sure you have or are studying for the right qualifications. You can do this on the College subject pages and Undergraduate Study website. You can also sign up to an event like the College Open Days or other events for prospective students. We are looking for applicants with a real passion for, and potential to gain from, their chosen course.

Step 2

Applicants from outside the UK and EU and applicants for Organ Scholarships will need to complete an extra form, the Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA) form. The deadline for those applying for an Organ Scholarship is 1st September 2019. Different deadlines will apply to those applying from overseas, depending on which country you wish to be interviewed in if invited.

Step 3

Most applicants are required to take a written assessment, either pre-interview or at interview (if interviewed).

If your course requires a pre-interview assessment it will take place on 4th November 2020 and you will have to register for this in advance. The registration deadline is 15th October 2020.

Applicants for Medicine are required to sit the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT). You must make sure you register by the appropriate deadline.

Step 4

All applicants must submit the UCAS form by 15th October 2020, 6.00pm (UK time)  and the Supplementary Application Questionnaire by 6.00pm (UK time) 22nd October 2020. Applicants who are also submitting an Extenuating Circumstances Form should ensure this is received by the College by 22nd October 2020.

You will receive an email acknowledging your application as well as some further forms to complete which allow us to process your application; make sure you check your inbox and spam folders regularly.

Step 5

The academic assessment of your application begins. By mid November applicants will either receive a letter inviting them to interview, or informing them their application has not been successful. Some applicants will be requested to send us examples of their written work; details of what to send will be included in the letter. Applicants invited to interview will be required to confirm their attendance and accommodation requirements.

Step 6

Interviews take place in the first two weeks of December. Some applicants will also be asked to sit an admissions assessment and details of these can be seen on the relevant subject pages. Meals will be provided in College. Accommodation will be offered to those travelling long distances, and the small number of candidates whose interviews are over two days.

Step 7

Candidates will be informed of the outcome of their application in January.

Some applicants will be placed into the inter-collegiate pooling system for consideration by other colleges. They will be notified directly if they have been made an offer from the pool or invited for interview by another college. The pool interviews will take place in mid-January and all candidates should expect to receive a decision by the end of January.

Step 8

You will need to select Girton as your Firm Choice on your UCAS application. Applicants whose offer includes certain grades on the Sixth Term Examination Papers (STEP) will sit these exams after their A-Levels (or equivalent). If you have any personal or educational difficulties which may effect your exam results at any time, please inform us when it happens so that we are aware there may be problems.


Those who hold an offer will be eligible to apply for a Choral Award and/or an Instrumental Award, and auditions will take place in February and March. Information on the Cambridge Bursary Scheme and the National Scholarship Programme will also be sent to offer holders.

Step 9

You will receive your A-Level results (or equivalent) and those who have met their offer will have their offer confirmed.

Step 10

Freshers (first year students) come up to Girton at the start of October to start their undergraduate careers; Freshers’ Week is organised by a Freshers’ Committee made up of current undergraduates, and offers lots of activities to help new students make friends and settle in to College life.


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