Each year we welcome applications to Christ's College from students taking a wide range of qualifications from around the world.

To make a competitive application, you must be able to achieve the grades listed below. You can achieve them either in exams that you have already taken, or in exams that you will be taking in the year that you apply.

Depending on which course you are applying for, we may also ask you to take a Written Assessment or test, but it is not possible to admit you on the basis of your Written Assessment score – this is further assessment in addition to your school

International qualifications

IGCSE's can be useful preparation for any of the above courses, as well as indicators of all-round ability and competence in particular subjects, but they are not in themselves appropriate preparation for admission to Cambridge.
 


What further achievements can be taken into account? 

Alicja from Poland receiving a Blyth Eastern European Bursary
  Alicja from Poland receiving her certificate

As admission to Cambridge and to Christ’s is based solely on academic criteria, we do not assess your participation and achievements in areas such as sport, music and drama, and we do not need you to write about your leadership skills etc. in your application.

We look at your academic ability and potential for the specific course that you have applied for, whether it involves a subject that you have already studied at school (in which case we will look for relevant ability and potential in that subject and related areas) or a subject

Which qualifications should I list on my UCAS application?

A group reading Homer in the Fellows' Garden
Reading Homer in the Fellows' Garden with Dr Matthew Ward

You should list all of your qualifications on your UCAS application form, even if not all of them appear in the above list. We realise that for some students there is not much to fill in, but for other students it can be a long list. For example, a student from the United States taking a US High School Diploma, Advanced Placements, SAT, and SAT II Subject tests should list each one of these, and high passes in the High School Diploma and the SAT are expected, even though Advanced Placements at grade 5 are the requirement.

If you

"I was worried that studying for Spanish 'Bachillerato' rather than A-levels or IB would look bad on my application, but it didn't matter.  At Cambridge they look for the best students, and you get an outstanding academic education. Moreover, university life here also differs a lot from what you would get in Spain, it involves much more than the academic part: societies, sports and living in College. You have friends from all over the world, but there is also a nice Spanish community university-wide. Life at Christ's is amazing, it wasn't hard to settle in at all, and I would truly recommend applying!"

Maria - Mathematics (Madrid, Spain)