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AS and A Levels typical offers and requirements

Students should choose a combination of AS and/or A Level subjects which gives a good preparation for their selected course at university.

Cambridge applicants are usually studying three or four A-level subjects in Years 12 and 13 and we normally expect good A grades in relevant subjects, if the AS is taken at the end of Year 12. Applicants taking four subjects won't normally be at an advantage compared with those taking three, although competitive applicants for STEM subjects often have Further Mathematics as a fourth subject.

All applicants are asked to report (in the Supplementary Application Questionnaire) the results of any modular AS and A Level modules taken to date, whether certificated or not. Colleges won't make unconditional offers on the basis of AS Level grades alone.

Most applicants are studying three or four A Level subjects. This is usually sufficient to show breadth of interests and ability to manage a range of differing academic tasks. We’d rather applicants develop broader and deeper knowledge of the subjects most relevant/closest to their chosen course than accumulate additional A Levels.

The typical conditional A Level offer for arts subjects (except Economics) and for Psychological and Behavioural Sciences for 2017 entry will be A*AA.

The typical conditional A Level offer for science subjects (excluding Psychological and Behavioural Sciences) and Economics for 2017 entry will be A*A*A.

In countries where an A* grade at A Level is not available, three A grades would be acceptable.

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.

  • A Level Critical Thinking isn't considered an acceptable third A Level subject for any course at Cambridge. While it is regarded as a worthwhile addition to your portfolio of qualifications as a fourth AS or A Level subject, it's unlikely to be part of a conditional offer.
  • Key Skills and General Studies are not required or included in academic assessment.
  • We expect that students will pass the practical assessment of A Level Science.

For further information see GCSE and AS/A Level Requirements - The Facts.