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Typical Offer Conditions

IB:41 points, with 776 at Higher Level
Other:See the University's Entrance Requirements page

Subject Requirements

Essential:English Literature (see General Comments below)

Written Work

Two school essays written as part of your English course (excluding creative writing).

Admissions Assessment

All applicants are required to take the English Literature Admission Test (ELAT) pre-interview for English at an authorised centre local to them (for a lot of applicants, this will be their school/college). Please see the Admissions Assessments page on the University website for further details.

General Comments

Although we are prepared to consider applications from candidates offering the combined English Language and Literature A Level, we have a very strong preference for the single English Literature A Level since, in our experience, the combined course does not, by itself, provide adequate preparation for the demands of the Cambridge English Tripos. If you are reading this page for guidance in selecting your A Level subjects, then we would strongly recommend that you select English Literature if your school offers it. If your school does not offer English Literature and you have already embarked upon English Language and Literature then your application will nevertheless be considered.

Trinity Hall looks for students with a wide variety of intellectual, cultural and social backgrounds who will bring something distinctive and original to the study of English at the College. We are looking for candidates who genuinely relish academic challenges, who already engage in their own independent reading, and who are eager to deepen and extend their knowledge of several centuries of English (and other) literature.


Miss Vicky Mills
Admissions Officer
Trinity Hall
Trinity Lane
Cambridge CB2 1TJ

t: +44 1223 332535

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