Supplementary Application Questionnaire

Completion of the Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) is a compulsory part of the application process. Failure to do so may mean that your application is rejected without interview.

The University provides extensive guidance to the completion of the SAQ here. You should read these guidelines carefully.

Below are some frequently asked questions relating to the SAQ:

Do I have to write something in every box?

No. Many boxes will be blank in the end and this is fine. In particular you do not have to write a Supplementary Personal Statement unless you wish to point out why the Cambridge course in particular is the right one for you. This can be especially helpful to candidates applying for courses not offered at many/any other universities, for example Land Economy, and Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic.

What happens if I declare teaching difficulties in the relevant box?

If these are serious, we will contact your school for further information. We can only make special allowances where your school is able to write a letter of support for you.

Do I have to have specific career plans?

No. Although there is a box asking about this, most candidates will not have specific career plans at this stage and that does not impact on our admissions decisions.

Do I have to declare my AS unit scores if I have sat AS?

Yes. If you have sat AS and fail to declare the results we will assume that they were not as strong as you had hoped, and you are less likely to be called to interview.

If your AS results are lower than your best because of extenuating circumstances, you should fill in the unit scores on the SAQ, but indicate that problems had arisen and detail what they were in the box marked ‘Anything else the applicant would like us to know’. In addition, your teachers/university advisers may decide to fill in Extenuating Circumstances Form (ECF) with you, details of which can be found here. Your school has to sign this form.