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Making an application to Oxford or Cambridge can seem like a complex process. Unlike most other UK universities, applying to Oxbridge requires your knowledge of different deadlines and requirements: college choice decisions, factoring in admissions test deadlines, even applying to UCAS by a different date than everyone else.

In addition to these significant differences, applicants to Oxford or Cambridge also have to consider Oxbridge bursary deadlines and choral and organ scholarship deadlines if relevant.

To simplify this process, we have put together all the key Oxbridge application dates and deadlines for 2018 applicants in this calendar. Use it to see when significant deadlines for the application process occur and help you to plan your Oxbridge preparation.

Once students have understood the important dates, they will need to plan out their preparation across the application cycle. For a full, tailored plan of action for preparation, as well as all of the research and information students need to make sure they are putting forward an application that represents their full potential, students can book an appointment with one of our Senior Consultants for a Private Consultation.

physicsDownload the example personal statement on the right

Written by a successful applicant who has now graduated from Oxbridge, this personal statement is annotated by its author, with all the insights hindsight can bring.

For further information on writing your personal statement, see our personal statement ‘first steps’ guide.

What is the SAQ?

The Cambridge Supplementary Application Questionnaire is an additional piece of your application to Cambridge. It is designed so that Cambridge has consistent information from every applicant, beyond the details provided in the UCAS form. It also allows Cambridge to ask questions not required by UCAS, such as details of module marks in AS examinations.

Format of the SAQ

There are eight sections of the SAQ, divided into Application Type, Photograph, Personal Details, BMAT Number, Education, Qualifications, Additional Information and Submit. All of these sections will be fully explained in the form and should not cause any difficulty or worry.

Additional personal statement

Section seven, Additional Information, includes an additional personal statement. Whether you fill this in or not is optional, but it can be a great opportunity to talk specifically about why you want to study the course you have applied for at Cambridge. This section must be a maximum of 1200 characters including spaces.

A frequent worry when submitting a personal statement for UCAS is the inability to tailor it to Cambridge specifically, as it will be used across your applications to all universities. The brilliant thing about the SAQ is that only Cambridge will see it, and so it can be completely tailored to the specific course for which you are applying.

When do I have to complete the SAQ?

For the past three academic years, the deadline for applicants to submit their SAQ has been October 22nd. The deadline is shared by international students who have already completed the COPA.

You will know when to fill out the form as Cambridge will send an email within 48 hours of submitting  your UCAS form, asking you to fill out the SAQ online by the deadline.

It is usually filled out online, although you can contact Cambridge’s Admissions Office directly for a solution if this is a problem for you, either via telephone + 44 (0) 1223 333308 or email saqhelp@admin.cam.ac.uk. The Admissions Office will also answer any queries regarding logging in to the SAQ site.

Completing the SAQ is a very straightforward process with the right understanding of what is required of you.  Ensure you read through the instructions carefully, fill out the SAQ by the deadline, and ask Cambridge if you find anything difficult or are unsure of any aspect of the form at any stage. Cambridge University have a comprehensive guide for filling in the SAQ here.

BioDownload the example personal statement on the right

Written by a successful applicant who has now graduated from Oxbridge, this personal statement is annotated by its author, with all the insights hindsight can bring.

Personal-statement-workbook

Get top tips from our Oxbridge-graduates and fill in our workbook to narrow down the areas of strength you should focus on in your personal statement. Use the structure provided in the workbook to help guide the structure of your writing. 

 

Download our comprehensive personal statement workbook and get extra support while you write.

Philosophy personal statementDownload the example personal statement on the right

Written by a successful applicant who has now graduated from Oxbridge, this personal statement is annotated by its author, with all the insights hindsight can bring.

For further information on writing your personal statement, see our personal statement ‘first steps’ guide.

English and history personal statementDownload the example personal statement on the right…

Written by a successful applicant who has now graduated from Oxbridge, this personal statement is annotated by its author, with all the insights hindsight can bring.

 

UCAS: How To

 

Personal statement: first approaches

 

English personal statementDownload the example personal statement on the right…

Written by a successful applicant who has now graduated from Oxbridge, this personal statement is annotated by its author, with all the insights hindsight can bring.

Economics personal statement 2Download the example personal statement on the right…

Written by a successful applicant who has now graduated from Oxbridge, this personal statement is annotated by its author, with all the insights hindsight can bring.

Economics personal statement 1Download the example personal statement on the right…

Written by a successful applicant who has now graduated from Oxbridge, this personal statement is annotated by its author, with all the insights hindsight can bring.

 

UCAS: How To

 

Personal statement: first approaches

 

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