For many Cambridge courses, qualifications in certain subjects are required and all Colleges expect such subjects to be passed, normally with an A or A* grade at A Level/grade 6 or 7 at Higher Level of the IB (or equivalent).
Our other courses don't have particular subject requirements, although the Colleges will expect high grades in your subjects most relevant to the course you’re applying for.
Essential subject requirements are given on the Course pages, and are defined as follows:
- required by all Colleges – subjects that are essential for all Colleges
- required by some Colleges – subjects that are essential for some Colleges (see individual College websites for details)
- useful preparation – subjects that aren’t required by any Colleges (so won’t affect admissions decisions) but which can provide useful preparation for the course
All undergraduate admissions decisions are the responsibility of the Cambridge Colleges so please check College-specific requirements/preferences with the College(s) you’re considering applying to.
If you haven’t yet decided on a course, advice about subjects and subject combinations that provide an effective preparation for study at Cambridge can be found in our Subject Matters leaflet.