Clare College Cambridge

How to Apply

 The UCAS Application Process


  • Apply to UCAS by 15 October. If you are wishing to be interviewed overseas, or are applying for a Choral/ Organ Scholarship you will need to apply at the beginning of September. Don't forget to submit your Supplimentary Questionnaire (SAQ) by 22 October.
  • If your application is successful, you will be invited for interview within the first 3 weeks of December.
  • Most subjects will require you to take a written admissions assessment either pre-interview, or when you come for interview if you have been invited. You may also be required to submit written work as part of your application. The registration deadline for all pre-interview assessments is 15 October. To find out if your subject requires a pre-interview assessment, please visit the University subject pages here:
  • Once interviews have taken place in December, we will let you know whether or not we're offering you a place in in January.


Overseas Applicants

  •  If you are living outside the EU, you should complete a Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA) as well as the UCAS application in the same way as a UK/EU applicant has to. This applies to all applicants who are living outside the EU and is regardless of fee status or nationality.


Choral or Organ applications

  • If you wish to apply for a Choral or Organ Scholarship you will need to complete a Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA) as well as submitting a UCAS application. Please note that late applications will not be considered. 



Application Timetable



For application purposes the Clare College Campus Code is C, the Institution Name is CAM, and the Institution Code is CO5.

If an applicant has experienced significant educational disruption it may be appropriate for the school or college to submit an Extenuating Circumstances Form, which should reach us by by 15 October.


When we have received your application....


Clare College Admissions Office will write to you; in addition to interviews, we may ask candidates to take a short test and/or to send in examples of school or college work. We will write to candidates in good time before the interviews to ask them to send in their material - please do not send in anything before it is requested.

If you are invited, Clare College interviews will likely take within the first three weeks of December. If you have other commitments during that time, please let us know at least one month in advance. We will try, but cannot guarantee, to accommodate them. We will notify candidate's about interviews via email. 


What happens next?


  • In January, we will write to candidates who have been interviewed to tell them whether or not we have been able to make them an offer.


  • When candidates have given us permission to do so, we will send to schools/colleges a brief report of their performance at interview, for those candidates who were not made offers.


  • Strong candidates to whom we are unable to make an offer will have their applications placed in the Inter-collegiate Pool and may receive an offer from another college. Some candidates will be asked to attend another interview in early January. By the end of January, everyone should know whether or not they have been offered a place.


  • Any candidate whose offer of a place is conditional upon STEP grades (Mathematics only) must be entered by their examination centre (school) by the official deadline, which is given in the Undergraduate Prospectus.


  • Finally, in mid-August, when most A Level and other final school examination results have been published, we will write to all candidates who have met their conditional offers to confirm their places.