skip to content

Undergraduate Study


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 at A Level/grade 7 or 6 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 Courses pages, and are defined as follows:

  • all Colleges require – subjects that are essential for all Colleges
  • some Colleges require – 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 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 PDF icon Subject Matters publication.