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Undergraduate Study


Before applying, you need to check that you have or are likely to achieve the right grades at the right level and in the right subjects for the course you have chosen.

Cambridge requires top grades in the highest level qualifications available for school/college students in whatever system you're being educated – most successful applicants ultimately exceed the conditions of their offer.

This website refers to typical offers. One of the strengths of the Cambridge admissions system is its ability to assess all applicants individually, and all Colleges may modify offers to take account of individual circumstances. This means that some applicants may be set lower/more challenging offers than those listed on these pages/in the course entries, and some offers may specify grades to be achieved in particular subjects.

All undergraduate admissions decisions are the responsibility of the Cambridge Colleges so please also check College-specific requirements and subject preferences with the College(s) you’re considering applying to.1

Although this website mainly talks in terms of A Levels and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB), many other school and national examinations at an equivalent level are equally acceptable.

If your first language isn't English, see our English language requirements.

1 Although you may be considering a number of Colleges, you can only make one application to the University in a year – either indicating one preference College or selecting the open application option in the UCAS application. Applying to more than one College, or applying to a preference College and also making an open application isn’t possible. Once the UCAS application is submitted, your choice cannot be changed.

Cambridge Application Deadline

15 OCT

The application deadline for 2018 entry is the 15 October 2017, 6:00pm (UK time).

University term dates

4 Oct - 2 Dec 2016 (Michaelmas)
17 Jan - 17 Mar 2017 (Lent)
25 Apr - 16 Jun 2017 (Easter) 

3 Oct - 1 Dec 2017 (Michaelmas)
16 Jan - 16 Mar 2018 (Lent)
24 Apr - 16 Jun 2018 (Easter)

2 Oct - 30 Nov 2018 (Michaelmas)
15 Jan - 15 Mar 2019 (Lent)
23 Apr - 104Jun 2019 (Easter)

The Application Process