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Undergraduate Study


For many Cambridge courses, qualifications in certain subjects are required and all Colleges expect required 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). 

For courses that don’t have particular subject requirements, high grades are expected in your subjects most relevant to the course.

To help you get an idea of the best subjects to study for your chosen course, we have included the following subject details on each of the Courses pages (under the Entry Requirements tab): 

  • 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

The entry requirements for our courses may differ slightly at each College, for example some Colleges may ask for an A* in a particular subject, so you should check the entry requirements for your chosen College before applying. 

All undergraduate admissions decisions are the responsibility of the Cambridge Colleges so please check College-specific requirements on the course page and 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 on our Post-16 subject choices webpage.