Typical offers require
A Level: A*A*A + STEP
IB: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher Level + STEP
For other qualifications, see our main Entrance requirements pages.
All Colleges require: A Level/IB Higher Level Mathematics, A Level Further Mathematics (A Level students only), STEP
The STEP grades required as part of an offer vary by College – see individual College websites for details – but are usually at least grade 1 in two STEP papers.
Students applying to study Mathematics with Physics must have taken A Level Further Mathematics (including the section on Mechanics) or have taken A Level Physics in addition to Mathematics and Further Mathematics.
All undergraduate admissions decisions are the responsibility of the Cambridge Colleges so also check individual College websites for College-specific requirements and further details. See also Entrance requirements and The Subject Matters for additional advice about general requirements for entry, qualifications and offers.
Depending on individual circumstances, some Colleges1 may make an A Level applicant an offer which will be met if they achieve either A*A*A with at least grade 1 in two STEP papers or A*A*A* with at least grade 1 in one of the two STEP papers taken.
Applicants to the Mathematics course who take A Level Mathematics in Year 12, and A Level Further Mathematics and one other A Level subject in Year 13 won't usually need to take another A Level in Year 13.2 Such students may be required to achieve A* in the two subjects taken in Year 13 (even if they achieve A* in Mathematics), and should be enhancing their subject knowledge through wider engagement beyond their A Levels. Contact a College admissions office for further advice.
1 Downing, Emmanuel, Fitzwilliam, Jesus, King’s, Lucy Cavendish, Newnham, St Catharine’s, Sidney Sussex, Trinity Hall.
2 However, students should consider potential implication this may have for their other university options.
Some Colleges require applicants for Mathematics to take a written assessment at interview, if interviewed. See individual College websites for details.
- There is no common format written assessment for Mathematics (applicants will continue to sit STEP alongside A Levels) – Colleges will assess aptitude, knowledge base and potential through short tasks at the time of interview.
You do not need to register or be registered in advance for the assessment at interview – the Colleges provide details of arrangements in the letters inviting applicants to interview.
Please note that your performance in the assessment at interview will not be considered in isolation, but will be taken into account alongside the other elements of your application.
For Mathematics candidates interviewed overseas, a written Maths assessment will be administered by the overseas interviewing team which will then be made available to the Cambridge College along with the overseas interview report.
Applicants are not typically asked to submit examples of written work. Some may be asked by their College to do some reading in advance of their interview, but if this is required the College will provide full details in the letter inviting the student to interview.
For further information about studying Mathematics at the University of Cambridge see the Faculty of Mathematics website.