Submitting Written Work
This written work will be read by your interviewers and it may be discussed in one of your interviews at the discretion of the interviewers.
Submitted written work should usually be essays or project work written at school as part of your A-level (or equivalent) study. It should be marked by your teacher and should be a certified copy of the original. You are not expected to produce new work especially to accompany your application.
We do not have a set word count. However, we usually expect essays to be around 2-3 pages if typed (single-space) and 3-4/5 pages if handwritten (depending on the size of the handwriting). Due to time-constraints surrounding the admissions process, we cannot accept any longer work.
All submitted written work should be accompanied by a completed cover sheet (found at the bottom of this page).
Unless stated otherwise, submitted written work should be in English.
Written work can be submitted to the Academic Office via email (preferable) at firstname.lastname@example.org or by post, at this address:
The deadline for submission of written work is 6 November 2020.
Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic
One essay on an historical or literary topic.
Two essays, each from a different A-level subject. Ideally one should be on an historical topic, but this is not essential.
Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Two essays, in English, each from a different A-level subject.
Two essays on Classical topics, usually written work part of A-Level studies.
Two essays on subjects studied at school. At least one essay should have a strong literary component.
Two essays on an historical topic. These should be two essays which you found interesting, and need not necessarily be those judged best by your teachers, since the choice of essay topics will be taken into account by the College historians as well as their quality.
History and Modern Languages
Two essays, ideally in the form of marked school essays, at least one of which should be on an historical topic.
History and Politics
Two essays that you feel relate in some way to the course. At least one should be on an historical topic.
History of Art
Two essays, preferably from different A-level subjects. They need not be about art. At least one should ideally be on an historical, literary, or philosophical topic.
Human, Social, and Political Sciences
Two essays or recent pieces of A-Level course work that you feel relate to the course.
Overseas candidates may be asked to submit an essay, ideally a piece of school work, presenting a reasoned argument.
Modern and Medieval Languages
Two essays. One should be in English, and preferably have a literary or cultural theme; the other should be in one of the foreign languages you hope to study in Cambridge.
One recent essay, and one piece of harmony or composition work.
Two essays on any topic. These should ideally be marked essays written at school as part of your A-level studies (or equivalent). You are not expected to show detailed knowledge of philosophy in the essays.
Psychological and Behavioural Studies
Two school essays or recent pieces of project work that you feel relate in some way to the course.
Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion
Two essays. These should be two essays which you found interesting, and need not necessarily be those judged best by your teachers. The essays do not have to be on a theological topic, but it is helpful if they can bear some relation to the subject.
The following courses do not require you to submit additional written work:
- Architecture *
- Chemical Engineering
- Computer Science
- Land Economy
- Natural Sciences
- Veterinary Medicine
* Applicants for Architecture should not submit written work ahead of their interviews, but should bring a portfolio of work with them when they come for interview. More information about the portfolio can be found on the Architecture course page.
Please do not send or bring any written work additional to that requested above: if you do, it will not be considered by the interviewers or Admissions Tutors, and cannot be returned.