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Undergraduate Study


If you wish to apply for an undergraduate place at Cambridge, you need to be in the top one or two per cent of your year group, and doing very well in the subject area you'd like to study.

Typical offer levels for a range of qualifications can be found in the main entrance requirements section. If you're studying for a different education qualification, you should check the EU and international qualifications and get in touch as soon as possible to discuss the appropriateness of your qualifications for study at Cambridge.

In the first instance, you should contact the Cambridge Admissions Office for advice, providing:

  • brief details of the qualifications that you have taken/are taking
  • your achieved/expected grades
  • the subject you're interested in applying for at the University

You'll then be advised on course requirements, further information needed, and how you'll be assessed.

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, it's essential that your English language skills are good enough for you to undertake an intensive and challenging academic course that's taught and examined in English. Therefore, you may be asked to achieve one of the formal qualifications listed below as part of the conditions of your offer.1

  • IELTS – normally a minimum overall grade of 7.5, usually with 7.0 or above in each element. IELTS Academic or IELTS for UKVI (Academic) will be accepted.
  • EU students – a high grade in English taken as part of a leaving examination (eg the European/French Baccalaureate, Abitur etc) may be acceptable.
  • Cambridge English: Advanced – grade A or B.
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency – grade A, B or C.
  • Singapore Integrated Programme (SIP) – may be considered an acceptable English language qualification.

A reasonable standard in spoken English is also required at the time of interview. For example, an overall IELTS score of 6.0 for sciences or 6.5 for arts and social sciences would be regarded as a reasonable score at the point of application.

The University Language Centre runs an Academic Development and Training for International Students (ADTIS) programme for students who aren't native English speakers. Designed to help improve English language and academic skills relevant to the course through workshops and individual supervisions, attendance at the programme may be included as a condition of an offer.

1 If you don't have one of these formal qualifications but are currently being taught in English, please contact one of the College admissions offices for advice.