entry requirements

before you apply, you need to check that you have, or are likely to achieve, the right grades at the right level and in the appropriate/relevant subject for the course you are choosing.

qualifications and grades

a-level: the typical conditional a level offer is a*aa or a*a*a depending on the course.

some applicants may be set lower offers or more challenging ones. applicants may be required to achieve a* in a particular subject(s) depending on individual circumstances.

international baccalaurate diploma: offers usually require scores of 41-42 points out of 45, with 776 in higher level subjects. applicants may be required to achieve 7 in a particular subject(s), depending on individual circumstances.

ib applicants starting the new ib mathematics syllabus are expected to take ib higher level ‘analysis and approaches’ for any course where mathematics is a requirement. if this option is not available at your school, please contact us for further advice.

scottish highers and advanced highers: offers usually require aaa at advanced higher grade. bands may be specified. in some cases, two advanced highers and an additional higher may be acceptable (e.g. when an applicant is prevented from studying more than two advanced highers due to reasons outside their control) – such applicants are considered on a case-by-case basis and should seek advice from the admissions officer as early as possible.

there is no specific grade requirement for highers, though most successful applicants would tend to have achieved at least four a grades at the point of application.

for advice about suitable subject choices refer to the courses available section. please note that for these purposes, highers will satisfy as level subject requirements, and advanced highers will satisfy a level subject requirements.

if you’re studying towards a scottish baccalaureate qualification, you would be expected to offer three advanced highers as part of it.

there is no age requirement for admission to most undergraduate courses at cambridge, although the vast majority of undergraduates are either 18 or will turn 18 during their first year. for medicine, students must turn 18 by the beginning of the second term of the first year. you’ll need to demonstrate that you have the maturity and personal skills to cope with university level study.

other qualifications: the cambridge undergraduate study website contains a list of common qualifications and grades required. if your own qualification is not listed there, please email the admissions officer for advice.


some courses have specific subject requirements. please visit the courses section to find out more.

english language

if english is not your first language, you may be asked to achieve an english language qualification in addition to your school exams.

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