Typical offers require
A Level: A*AA
IB: 40-41 points, with 776 at Higher Level
For other qualifications, see our main Entrance requirements pages.
Required by all Colleges: no specific subjects
Required by some Colleges: A Level/IB Higher Level Biology or Mathematics, A Levels/IB Higher Levels in two science/mathematics subjects
All undergraduate admissions decisions are the responsibility of the Cambridge Colleges so check College websites for College-specific requirements. See also Entrance requirements and our Subject Matters leaflet for additional advice about general requirements for entry, qualifications and offers.
All applicants are required to take the pre-interview written assessment for PBS at an authorised centre local to them (for a lot of applicants, this will be their school/college).
Section 1 content
Thinking Skills Assessment (CT/PS)
Plus either Part B Mathematics and Biology or Part C Reading Comprehension (80 minutes)
Section 2 content
Essay/text response (40 minutes)
Psychological and Behavioural Sciences Admissions Assessment Specification
You must be registered in advance (separately to your UCAS application) to take the assessment – the registration deadline is 15 October 2016. Your assessment centre must register you for the pre-interview assessment; you’re not able to register yourself. See the written assessments page for information about assessment centres and registration.
The pre-interview written assessment for PBS will be taken on 2 November 2016. Please check the Admissions Testing Service website for scheduled start times.
Please note that your performance in the pre-interview assessment will not be considered in isolation, but will be taken into account alongside the other elements of your application.
Mature students (aged 21 or over) applying to one of the mature Colleges should refer to the relevant information about pre-interview assessments on the written assessments page.
A specimen paper has been produced to allow you to sample the written assessment format and practice under timed conditions. It is not expected that you will answer every question correctly; the written assessment is designed to be challenging. Even some strong candidates may not complete the paper in the time allowed; it is designed to distinguish across our field of high-calibre applicants.
Experience with similar assessments and from trials indicates that, on average, typical applicants to the most highly selective undergraduate courses (who are by definition academically very able) will gain approximately half of the available marks. The best applicants will score more highly, but only relatively few are expected to gain more than 80% of the available marks.
Written assessments help admissions tutors to assess whether candidates have the skills, aptitudes and any required subject knowledge and understanding required to study the relevant course at Cambridge. They are only one of the elements used in the admissions process. Others include a candidate’s academic record and forecast grades in school-leaving examinations; UCAS application form; examples of recent written work submitted to the College to which they are applying; and performance at interview, if invited to attend.
Psychological and Behavioural Sciences Admissions Assessment Specimen Paper Section 1
Psychological and Behavioural Sciences Admissions Assessment Specimen Paper Section 1 Text Booklet
Psychological and Behavioural Sciences Admissions Assessment Specimen Paper Section 1 Answer Sheet
Psychological and Behavioural Sciences Admissions Assessment Specimen Paper Section 1 Answer Key
Psychological and Behavioural Sciences Admissions Assessment Specimen Paper Section 2
Applicants to the following Colleges are required to submit one or two School/college essays as examples of written work prior to interview. See individual College websites for further details.
- Corpus Christi
- Lucy Cavendish
- Murray Edwards
- St Catharine's
- St Edmund's
- Sidney Sussex
- Trinity Hall
For further information about studying Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Cambridge see the Psychological and Behavioural Sciences Tripos website.