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How to Apply

Are you one of the top-achieving students in your school, getting high exam marks?

Then please think about coming to Pembroke, if we offer a course that interests you. We can’t give you a place unless you apply!

We want to admit the brightest and best students, whatever your background. Pembroke is an open, friendly and diverse community, and that diversity plays a big part in making the College so strong academically. 

We take a holistic approach, and consider all aspects of your application. We look at your exam record and predicted results, but also your school reference, your personal statement and written tests, and your performance at interview. If you have any extenuating circumstances, that may have affected your academic record, we'd encourage you to complete the Extenuating Circumstances Form so we get as full a picture as possible about your academic context.

It all helps us build an overall impression that lets us rank your application in comparison with others we receive in the same year.

Application Timeline

See below for an application timeline. International Students, please also see the extra information on the International Students page!




Course and College Choice

Start thinking about which course you'd like to study as early as possible. It's best to choose one that you are personally interested in and will enjoy studying! It's important that you check that you meet the entrance requirements for the course as well.

College choice should be based on where you'd like to live when you're here. You indicate this in your UCAS application. Though if you don't have a preferred College, you're welcome to make an open application to Cambridge.

Institution Name: CAM

Institution Code: C05

College Code for Pembroke: P

15 October

UCAS and Admissions Assessment Registration deadline

All undergraduate and affiliated applications must be submitted by this deadline. Should your chosen course have a pre-interview assessment, this must also be registered for by this date.

Additional information regarding making an application through UCAS can be found on the Cambridge Admissions Office website.

22 October

Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) deadline

It's essential that applicants complete and return the SAQ by this deadline. There's lots of information about how to complete it on the SAQ pages of the Cambridge Admissions Office website.

The SAQ gets sent to your email, so please keep an eye out for it once you've submitted your UCAS application!

26 October

Application Confirmation

By this date, all applicants will receive a confirmation email containing important information and deadlines. Please read this carefully!

We'll also send you a Disability Adjustment Form if you've declared a disability on your UCAS application. please do complete and return this to us to let us know what you may need if we call you for interview. 


Pre-interview Assessment

For most subjects that have a pre-interview assessment, this will take place in late October/early November.

Check the Cambridge Admissions Office website for more information regarding dates, registration and subjects.

1 November 

Disability Adjustment Form deadline

Please ensure that your Disability Adjustment Form is returned to us by this date (if applicable).

7 November


This is the deadline for both the submission of written work (where requested), and for the completion and return of the confidentiality declaration.


Invitation to Interview

We will contact you to confirm if you have/have not been invited for interview. If you haven't heard from us by the final week of November, please contact the Admissions Office to let us know!

Please don't get in touch before the final week of November, as we will still be finalising interview invitations.



Interviews take place at the very end of November and during the first two weeks of December.

There are lots of helpful resources on the Cambridge website, including interview videos, to help you prepare.


Invitation to Further Interview

Some applicants who we think are strong, but whom we don't have space to offer a place to, are placed in the 'winter pool'. Other Colleges may invite these candidates back for an additional interview in early January.



Decisions will be communication to all applications in early to mid January. In some circumstances this may be that your application is still being considered.

Decisions will also show on UCAS Track.