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The deadline for applications to Cambridge is 15 October. Applications are made through UCAS. You will be asked to provide information on your current school grades and A Level subjects (or equivalent).

We take the view that various combinations of subjects make a good Architecture student; most students take a mix of Arts and Sciences- but there are no set subjects that we look for from Architecture applications. The majority of applicants have studied Art A Level, and some colleges also ask for Maths A level.  Most offers of study will require A*AA grades.

We regularly make offers for examinations other than A-levels (e.g. Scottish Highers and Certificate of Sixth Form Studies, the European and French Baccalaureates, Arbitur Maturita, the Irish Leaving Certificate and the Advance International Certificate of Education offered by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate)- you can find out more about the requirements for these qualifications here.

After you’ve applied, you’ll also be asked to fill in an additional questionnaire (known as an SAQ). The purpose of the SAQ is to ensure that we have complete and consistent information about all applicants. It also enables us to collect information that's not part of the UCAS application but is helpful when assessing applications, such as the topics you've covered as part of your AS/A Level [or equivalent] courses, which helps our interviewers decide which questions to ask. Some colleges may also ask you to send in examples of your school work.

You can find out more about what individual colleges ask for here.


Interviews are held in the first two weeks of December and at interview you will be asked to show a portfolio of your most recent work. You don’t need to bring architectural drawings: instead interviewers want to see portfolios that demonstrate your interests, experience and ability in the visual and material arts; a sketchbook with your own hand drawings is particularly useful. Normally drawing and painting forms the basis of your portfolio, but other media such as sculpture and photography may also be included. You can bring work prepared at school for examinations, but creative work that you have done outside of your courses is also welcome. Some colleges may also ask you to bring – or submit - written work.

During the interview week, you will also have to sit a short, one-hour assessment, made up of a 30 minute essay exam and a 30 minute drawing test. The 30 minute written exam will ask you to formulate a response to a topical question within Architecture, and in the drawing test you’ll be asked to draw a particular space (such as the room that you are in) to demonstrate your skill in representing space through hand drawing. You can find full information about the assessment, and an example exam paper here.


If you have any questions about applying to study Architecture at Cambridge, email: For questions about studying at Cambridge more generally, you should contact Cambridge Admissions Office, or for questions about studying at a particular college, you can contact the individual Admissions Tutor or Director of Studies for architecture, whose details will be found on college websites.

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