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Biological Anthropology can be studied via the new Human, Social & Political Sciences (HSPS) tripos


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Information for Undergraduate Offer Holders


Congratulations on securing an offer to study at

Girton College


This page will be updated at various points between now and confirmation in August. Please make sure you bookmark it and check it regularly. If you have any queries or concerns regarding your offer or studying at Girton College, please do not hesitate to contact the Tutorial & Admissions Office.

[page last updated: 16 January 2018]



Offer Holders' Open Afternoon


The Offer Holders' Open Afternoon was held on Saturday 24th February 2018. Please find the programme for the day here. Offer Holders had the opportunity to see the College, meet other Offer Holders and current students, and to hear about the facilities, opportunities and support available to them at Girton.

Thank you to all those who attended the Offer Holders' Open Afternoon. If you were unable to this event please find the presentation given by the Admissions Tutors and the Head of Tutorial here.


Student Finance Support


As detailed in your offer letter, the College needs to see evidence of any application for Student Financial Support.  Please complete the form below and return it to the Tutorial & Admissions Office together with any required paperwork.  This can be sent electronically as a pdf document to JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING .


Student Finance Support Form


Having issues with applying for Student Finance?

A few students have contacted us as they have had trouble finding the correct course on Student Finance. Please note that on the drop down menu you must select 'Girton College - University of Cambridge' and then find your course, not 'University of Cambridge - Girton College' as this will only show you postgraduate courses. If you are having trouble with this, please see here for screenshots of how to do this. If you phone Student Finance, they may tell you to contact us. Please do not do this until you have followed the above steps. 


Exam Certificates

Many of you will already have sent in proof of your GCSE and AS Levels during the application process. As per your Offer Letter, we do require proof of any grades you have received. If you have not already done this, please send in a copy of your exam certificates either by post or email ( JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING ). 


Terms of Admission

Please find below an electronic copy of the Terms of Admission sent to you with your offer letter, as well as links to the important documents referred to in the Annex to that document. You are strongly advised to read the Terms of Admission and all of the important documents carefully before you take up your offer. Please note that the documents are subject to change prior to you joining Cambridge and you are advised to re-read the documents nearer the point of admission.





The College and the University work together to offer the maximum possible support to all disabled students.  We would like to take this opportunity to ask you to let us know if you have a disability and if you will require any support or advice when you come up to Cambridge.  Some students are reluctant to disclose a disability as they fear that it may be viewed negatively.  We would like to assure you that this is not the case and the earlier we are aware of any disability, the better we are able to ensure that all the arrangements you require are in place if you take up your place here.

Like all the Colleges at Cambridge, we work in close cooperation with the Disability Resource Centre (DRC).  Their dedicated team of experts provide support, advice and guidance for disabled students and students with specific learning difficulties.  With your permission, our College staff can liaise with them to create a support plan that meets your needs.  If you would like to discuss any of this further with a member of the DRC team, then either phone 01223 332301 to speak to one of their Disability Advisers, or email  JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING .

We strongly recommend that you inform both us and the DRC if you have any disability.  To do this, please complete the Disability Disclosure Form and return it to the DRC. If you have already disclosed your disability as part of your application you do not need to return the form. Please make sure you tick the consent box to give the DRC permission to send a copy of the form to the College.  Upon receipt of this form, the DRC will send you an email with further important information for disabled students, including forms to complete and return.  Information is also available on the DRC website: http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/univ/disability/students/offer.html.


Cambridge Bursary Scheme for UK and EU Students

The University of Cambridge is committed to the principle that no UK or EU student should be deterred from studying at Cambridge because of financial difficulties, so the College and University offer generous bursaries of up to £3,500 a year depending on household income. Information on how the Bursary Scheme works can be found here.

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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.

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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 2017. Different deadlines will apply to those applying from overseas, depending on which country you wish to be interviewed in if invited.


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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 2nd November 2017 and you will have to register for this in advance.

Applicants for Medicine are required to sit the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT). The registration deadline for the BMAT is 1st October 2017.

The registration deadline for all other subjects is 15th October 2017.

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Step 4:All applicants must submit the UCAS form by 15th October 2017 and the Supplementary Application Questionnaire by 22nd October 2017. Applicants who are also submitting an Extenuating Circumstances Form should enure this is received by the College by 15th October 2017.

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.

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Step 5: The academic assessment of your application begins. By mid November applicants will either recieve 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.

Applicants for Medicine will not receive a response to their application until after we receive their BMAT results in late November.

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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.

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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 for UK/EU students and Cambridge Trusts Awards for non UK/EU students 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.

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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.



Interviews are important in how we select our students – but they are only one component in the selection process. We review the gathered field and consider each applicant's individual circumstances; if you have a good exam record and a strong reference, you are likely to be invited for interview.

Nuts and Bolts

If you are invited for interview, you'll receive a letter in mid-November. Interviews are in early to mid-December. You will also be written to in November if your application has been unsuccessful. Except in exceptional circumstances, no offer of a place will be made without interview. The number and scope of your interviews depend on the subject you have chosen. Some subjects require applicants to take a test when they come for interview. These are designed to test your aptitude for your subject. Sometimes they form the basis of the interview later the same day. Further details can be found on the appropriate subject page.

A Discussion, not an Exam

The interview is your chance to show the interviewers that you are more than just information on an application form. It is also your opportunity to ask questions and discover if the course and style of learning at Cambridge is really right for you.

There are no trick questions. Our interviewers want to help you to show your full potential, and are aware that you may be nervous. However, they are going to challenge you to think. They are not necessarily looking for a vast body of knowledge on a particular topic, but are interested to know how you apply the skills and techniques you have learnt to interpret new material and form a logical argument.

The interviewers will want you to be honest and genuine, and are able to spot rehearsed answers easily. Try to keep calm and listen to what you are being asked.  They are not looking for a polished performance so give yourself time to think before answering and if you don't understand the question then ask for clarification.

Preparing for interview

  • Familiarise yourself with the course you have applied for and be ready to discuss why you have chosen it.
  • Practising speaking about your subject will be useful, as this does not always come naturally; talk to a parent, friend or teacher or even just in front of your mirror!
  • Think about what you have written in your personal statement and in any work that you have been asked to submit in advance.
  • Explore and read around your subject; be ready to talk about how you came to be interested in it and how you are sure it will interest you for three or more years.
  • Arrive in plenty of time and wear comfortable clothes.

Interviews Overseas

If you are an international student and wish to be considered for an interview overseas then there is an earlier deadline for you to submit your UCAS application to us. Please see the University of Cambridge website for more details.

Nine Things You Should Know

1. What we look at when making decisions 2. Typical Offers
3. Subject Requirements 4. Students already at university 
5. Applying for Deferred Entry 6. Age Requirements
7. Affiliated Places 8. Students with a disability
9. Change in Circumstances

1. What we look at when making decisions

Girton is committed to admitting students of the highest intellectual potential, irrespective of social, religious or financial considerations. We are not looking for a specific background or school, only academic ability and potential. Competition for places is strong and excellent grades are necessary but not sufficient for a place. We are looking for students with a passion for their subject, who will thrive on their chosen course and are prepared for a challenge. We encourage applications from the widest possible range of schools and colleges, either pre- or post-A-Level (or equivalent).

Places are offered on the basis of our assessment of a candidate's academic potential alone; the candidate's personal statement, school reference, previous academic record,  performance in pre-interview or at-interview assessment if applicable and performance at interview are all taken into account in reaching our decision. In some subjects, a candidate may be asked to submit examples of school work.

Information on how a candidate uses their free time is useful in illustrating that they have spare capacity for life outside of work; there is no preference for a particular sort of activity that a candidate engages in and this will not compensate for a lower academic performance.

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2. Typical Offers

Below are typical offers Girton would make on some of the most common national examination systems. If you are taking an examination system that is not listed below, please contact the Tutorial and Admissions Office for advice.

Qualifications and Typical Offers:

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A*A*A (Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Medicine), A*AA (all other subjects). The subject in which the A* is to be achieved is unlikely to be specified in most cases. General Studies and Critical thinking are not part of any offers made by Girton.

International Baccalaureate

A minimum of 41 points overall with 7,7,6 or (sometimes) 7,7,7 in three higher level subjects. If a candidate is taking at subsidiary level a subject deemed to be important for the proposed course of study, we would also ask for a 7 in that subject.

Scottish Advanced Highers

Grades AAA. We are unable to consider applications from candidates with fewer than 3 Advanced Highers, but will consider applications with a mixture of Advanced Highers and A2 Levels.

Cambridge Pre-U

D2, D3, D3. The subject in which the D2 is to be achieved is unlikely to be specified in most cases.

Irish Leaving  Certificate

H1 in 3 relveant Higher Level subjects and a strong Junior Certificate.  Medicine and Veterinary Medicine applicants may be required to take an IGCSE 9or equivalent) in the science subject not taken within the Certificate.

European Baccalaureate

At least 90% overall with 9.0 in specified subjects related to the proposed subject of study.

French Baccalaureate

16 or 17 ('mention tres bien') overall with 16 or 17 in specified subjects related to the proposed subject of study.


At least 1.2 overall with 14 or 15 in specified subjects related to the proposed subject of study.

Advanced placements and SATS

Grade 5 in at leaast 5Advanced Placement Tests in appropriate subjectsanf high passes in the High School Diploma and the SAT.


All candidates made an offer for Mathematics or Computer Science with Mathematics will be expected to sit Sixth Term Examination Papers (STEP). 

In a limited number of cases, non-standard offers may be made, appropriate to particular circumstances.

If you have not yet completed your A-Levels (or other suitable qualifying examinations), any offer you are made will be conditional on you achieving certain grades in these examinations. If you apply after taking your A-Levels (or equivalent) your offer will normally be unconditional. Some people prefer to apply having seen their examination results.

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3. Subject Requirements

When looking at your academic profile and the subjects you have studied we want to see if your studies will have prepared you well for courses at Cambridge. Therefore having at least two traditional academic subjects will be very useful to you in preparation, and will strengthen your application. For many of our courses it is necessary to have studied certain subjects at A-Level or equivalent, as preparation for the course at university level. Details of essential subjects, and those that are considered to be desirable or helpful, to study at Girton can be found on the individual subject pages. If you would like further advice on this or on options within your A-Levels, please contact the Tutorial and Admissions Office. Further information on subject choices for A-Level can be found on the Subject Matters leaflet.

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4. Students already at university

Normally we do not accept applications from students who are currently studying a course at another university. Students in this position considering applying are strongly advised to contact the Tutorial and Admissions Office.

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5. Applying for Deferred Entry

We are happy to consider anyone who wishes to defer entry for one year, providing that we feel the student would really benefit from having a year out of academic life. We realise that many come to university better prepared to study because of it. Candidates who wish to take a gap year should have some idea of how they are going to spend their time and be prepared to talk about this at interview.

All gap year students are likely to benefit from revision or reading in the months before coming up to Cambridge. Please indicate that you wish to defer entry when you apply, as we are unlikely to be able to adjust your year of entry after an offer has been made.

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6. Age Requirements

There is no age requirement for admission to Girton, although the vast majority of our undergraduates are 18 years or older when they come into residence. Whatever your age you will need to demonstrate that you have the maturity and personal skills to cope with university level study.

There are age requirements for applicants for Medicine; students under the age of 18 cannot undertake any clinical elements of the Medicine course, which start in the second term of first year at the latest. Therefore, applicants should ensure that they'll have reached the age of 18 by the start of the second term of their first year.

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7. Affiliated Places

Affiliated students are students who already have a degree from another university and study for a Cambridge course in two years rather than three. Students applying for an affiliated place will be considered alongside all our other applicants and in the same way.

Please note that Girton does not accept applications from affiliated students for Architecture, Medicine or Veterinary Medicine.

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8. Students with a disability

Girton welcomes applications from people with disabilities. We strongly recommend that you disclose your disability in your UCAS application, so that if you are invited for interview we can contact you to discuss your specific needs and ensure that appropriate adjustments can be made, such as scheduling interviews in accessible rooms or allowing extra time in written tests etc. More information for students with a disability is available on the University website.

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9. Change in Circumstances

If you have any change in your circumstances at any point from submitting your application onwards, please keep the Tutorial and Admissions office informed.

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Extenuating Circumstances

The Extenuating Circumstances Form is to be completed by referees to provide the College with additional information on an applicant's circumstances. This form should only be used where an applicant has experienced particular personal or educational disadvantage through health or personal problems, disability or difficulties with schooling.

The information provided on the form will help Admissions Tutors by giving a context against which they can judge the academic record of applicants, and provide information that's useful when assessing applicants' performance at interview (if interviewed).

The sort of circumstances it would be appropriate to inform us of via this form include:

  • a serious, acute or chronic medical condition (especially since the age of 14) which caused significant educational disruption
  • significant caring responsibilities, or recent bereavement or serious illness within close family
  • serious disruption to educational provision at school/college
  • other circumstances where serious disruption has occurred – the school/college is welcome to contact the College admissions office to discuss an applicant's particular circumstances

The Extenuating Circumstances Form should normally be submitted by the applicant's school/college by the 15 October application deadline to the College Tutorial and Admissions Office. In those rare cases where the applicant's school/college is unaware of the circumstances a doctor or social worker may complete and validate the form on the applicant's behalf.

Further details can be found on the Cambridge University website or by contacting the College Tutorial and Admissions Office.

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