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Natural Sciences

Typical Offer Conditions

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

Subject Requirements (Biological)

Essential:Mathematics, plus two from Chemistry, Biology or Physics (Chemistry and Biology preferred)
 Please also see the Part 1 Paper Descriptions for advice on specific subject requirements

Subject Requirements (Physical)

Essential:Mathematics; plus one from Physics, Chemistry or Further Maths*
(*- If not taking Physics, this should include all Mechanics modules)
Desirable:A further subject from Physics, Chemistry or Further Maths, at least to AS level, but preferably to A level.
In Mathematics, Mechanics modules provide a better preparation than other options.
 Please also see the Part 1 Paper Descriptions for advice on specific subject requirements

Written Work


Admissions Assessment

All applicants are required to take the pre-interview written assessment for Natural Sciences 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

When applying for Natural Sciences at Cambridge, you will be asked to indicate whether you wish to apply for Biological or Physical Sciences. This will determine what kind of questions you will be asked at interview. At Trinity Hall, Biological applicants will tend to be asked questions about Biology and Chemistry, while Physical applicants will tend to be asked questions about Maths, Physics and Chemistry.

Each interview will be tailored to the individual and the subjects they have studied at school. However, interviews will cover some new ground as well - we want to see how well you deal with new material and with the application of your background knowledge to new problems.

We have put together some information on what we are looking for in the Biological Natural Sciences. The advice for Physical Natural Sciences would be similar, except we would require A Levels (or equivalent) in Maths and Physics, and at interview questions will primarily be on these subjects (perhaps with some Chemistry if applicable).


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

t: +44 1223 332535

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