University of Cambridge

Undergraduate

Study

What are we looking for?

We assess everyone individually which means we look at – and for – different things in different people for different courses. Consequently, there's no magic formula that will guarantee you're offered a place. However, all Admissions Tutors are looking for the students who they believe:

  • have the most academic ability and potential
  • are best suited to the course they applied for
  • will benefit from what we have to offer

Academic ability and potential

We're looking for students with the academic ability and potential to flourish at the University. Therefore, you should be aiming for excellent examination grades. Typical A Level/IB offers and subject requirements are outlined on each course page.  Further guidance on entry requirements as well as typical offers for a range of other examination systems/qualifications can be found in the applying section.

Motivation and independent thought

We're looking for an indication of your ability to think critically and independently, and your willingness to argue logically but to keep an open mind to new ideas as well. You also need self-discipline, motivation and commitment, and the desire and potential to go beyond what you've learned so far.

Enthusiasm for your course

And finally we're looking for students who really want to learn about the subject they've applied for and aren't just interested in the degree at the end – important though this is. Think carefully about why you've chosen your course. Instead of selecting the course you think you ought to do, think about which course and subject area(s) you're most enthused and inspired about studying for the next few years.

If you think you have these qualities, we're looking for students like you and hope you'll apply.