Entry Requirements

Before you apply, use this section to check that you have, or are likely to achieve, the necessary grades and subject choices for the course that interests you.

Subject Choices

Choosing appropriate A-Levels is very important. Some courses have specific subject requirements. Please visit the Courses section well in advance of submitting your application to ensure you are taking the correct subjects.

Top Tip

Each time you find a course you are interested in, produce a list using the information on the relevant course page that states: a) the course name; b) grade and subject requirements based on your qualifications and predictions; c) deadlines for any assessment registrations or paperwork submissions; d) the dates of any events you wish to attend to prepare for your application. This will ensure you are well prepared to produce the best application you can.

Watch the Webinar recording below if you are looking for advice when making your Post-16 subject choices.

Qualifications, Grades and Other Requirements


  • The typical conditional A Level offer is A*AA or A*A*A depending on the course.
  • Some applicants may be set lower offers or more challenging ones.
  • Applicants may be required to achieve A* in a particular subject(s) depending on individual circumstances.

International Baccalaurate Diploma

  • Offers usually require scores of 41-42 points out of 45, with 776 in Higher Level subjects.
  • Some applicants may be required to achieve 7 in a particular subject(s), depending on individual circumstances.
  • IB applicants starting the new IB Mathematics syllabus are expected to take IB Higher Level ‘Analysis and Approaches’ for any course where Mathematics is a requirement. If this option is not available at your school, please email us for further advice.

Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers

  • Courses with a typical offer of A*AA generally require A1, A2, A2; and for courses with a typical A Level offer of A*A*A, offers are usually A1, A1, A2.
  • In some cases, two Advanced Highers and an additional Higher may be acceptable (e.g. when an applicant is prevented from studying more than two Advanced Highers due to reasons outside their control) – such applicants are considered on a case-by-case basis and should seek advice from the Admissions Officer as early as possible.
  • Generally, Highers will satisfy AS Level subject requirements, and Advanced Highers will satisfy A Level subject requirements. There is no specific grade requirement for Highers, though most successful applicants would tend to have achieved at least four A grades at the point of application.
  • If you’re studying towards a Scottish Baccalaureate qualification, you would be expected to offer three Advanced Highers as part of it.

Other qualifications


There is no age requirement for admission to most undergraduate courses at Cambridge, although the vast majority of undergraduates are either 18 or will turn 18 during their first year. For Medicine, students must be 18 by 1st November of their first year. You’ll need to demonstrate that you have the maturity and personal skills to cope with university level study.

We welcome mature students to Trinity Hall. For more information on life, admission and financing as a mature student please visit the University of Cambridge webpage dedicated to this information.

English Language

If English is not your first language, you may be asked to achieve an English language qualification in addition to your school exams.