Entrance requirements

Porter's Lodge

At King's, our applicants come from countries and examination systems all around the world, and we have considerable expertise in assessing non-A level applications. The following are just some of our most common standard offers. For details of specific offers for other qualification systems, please do not hesitate to contact the King’s Admissions Office (undergraduate.admissions@kings.cam.ac.uk).

Tip: Once you have looked at the entrance requirements listed on this page, don't forget to read the subject requirements and further advice for specific courses on the subject pages (normally in the section about applying for each subject). More general advice is available on the choosing school subjects page.

UK qualifications

A levels

The standard A level offer is A*, A, and A for most essay-based courses and Psychological and Behavioural Sciences, or A* A* and A for most maths and sciences courses and Economics. Please see the information for A level candidates for full detail.

Pre-U

Our standard Pre-U offer is based on your Principal Subjects. We require D3, D3, and D2 for most essay-based courses and Psychological and Behavioural Sciences, or D2, D2, and D3 for most maths and sciences courses and Economics. We are also happy to make offers to students studying for a mixture of Pre-U and A level qualifications. Please read the information for Pre-U students for full detail.

International Baccalaureate

Our standard IB offer  requires an overall score of 40 (including the Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay components) and 7, 7, 6 in the relevant Higher Level subjects. Please read the Information for IB students.

Scottish Advanced Highers

We typically make offers on three Advanced Higher qualifications, requiring A, A, A. If you are not able to take three Advanced Higher qualifications at your school, we advise you to email us for further information. Please also read the information for students from Scotland

Welsh Baccalaureate

We typically make offers on three A levels within the Advanced Diploma. The standard A level offer is A*, A, and A for most essay-based courses and Psychological and Behavioural Sciences, or A* A* and A for most maths and sciences courses and Economics. Please read the information for students from Wales.

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International qualifications

English language requirements

We usually require applicants whose first language is something other than English to sit the IELTS examination, and to offer an overall score of at least 7.5, with no individual element below 7.0. Since we interview most candidates, we also use the interview to establish your communication skills in English. Please see full details on the International students' page

Australian Certificates

We standardly require an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 98.5% overall as well as similar performance in relevant individual subjects. For the Queensland Certificate of Education our standard offer requires an Overall Position in band 1.

Austrian Matura

Our standard offer for those taking the Austrian Matura is an overall score of at least 1.3. Applicants are also normally asked to achieve scores of 1 (sehr gut) out of 5 in written exams in up to two subjects.

Belgian Diploma

Our standard offer for the Diploma van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs / Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur / Abschlusszeugnis der Oberstufe des Sekundarunterrichts is an overall average score of at least 80%. Scores of 90% may also be required in three individual subjects.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

For applicants taking the Matura/Svjedodžba o Zavrženoj Srednjoj Skoli, we standardly require an overall score of 5.0, and 5.0 in individual subjects.

Bulgarian Diploma Za Zavarsheno Sredno Obrazovanie (DZSO)

We standardly require an overall score of 5.8, and grade 6.0 in two relevant subjects. We recommend that you take a third relevant subject to the highest level possible in your school curriculum.

Canada/Ontario

Most successful Canadian applicants offer either the International Baccalaureate (IB) or at least three Advanced Placement courses.

At King's, we are happy to also consider applications from students taking Provincial Canada / Ontario Secondary School qualifications. We standardly require at least 80% overall in grade 12. If you are taking Provincial Canada / Ontario Secondary School qualifications only, it is important to be aware that you would need to travel to Cambridge, UK if invited for interview.

The requirements at King's College differ from the centrally-published entrance requirements for students from Canada. Please be aware that only candidates who meet the centrally-published Cambridge University requirements (those who are taking the International Baccalaureate or five Advanced Placement courses) are eligible to apply for the centrally-organised overseas interviews in Canada.

Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE)

We standardly require a grade of 1 in three double unit subjects.

Croatia

For students taking the Svjedodžba o Maturi (Matura Certificate), we standardly require an overall score of 5.0 with a score of 5.0 in relevant subjects. You would be expected to take Svjedodžba o Maturi (Matura Certificate) subjects at advanced level.

Cypriot Apolytirion

For students taking the Apolytirion, we require an average of 19 / 20 points and at least two A Levels at grade A* or A. Please see the information for A level candidates, which includes information about taking A levels outside the UK. If A levels are not available, we would require a high performance in the Pan Kypries examinations.

Czech Maturitni Zkouška (Maturita)

We standardly require an overall average score of 1 (vyborny).

Danish Studentereksamen

Our standard offer for the Højere Forberedelseseksamen / Danish Studentereksamen is a certified pass with at least 11 overall, potentially with 12 in the most relevant subjects.

Dutch VWO

Our standard offer for the Dutch VWO (Diploma Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs) requires an overall score of 8.0 - 8.5 (goed), and 9.0 (zeer goed) in up to three subjects.

Estonian Gümnaasiumi Lõputunnistus and Riigieksamid

We standardly require the Estonian Gümnaasiumi Lõputunnistus, including Riigieksamid with an overall average score of 5 from five subjects. Applicants are also usually asked to achieve scores of 90% in three state exams (Riigeksam) in individual subjects.

European Baccalaureate

We usually require an overall score of at least 85%, potentially with higher scores in the most relevant subjects.

Finnish Ylioppilastutkintotodistus

We usually require grade 6 or exima cum laude approbaturnone in five subjects, with at least two subjects at grade 7 or laudatur (outstanding).

French Baccalauréat

We usually require an overall score of 16 or 17 out of 20 (mention 'très bien'), with grade 16 or 17 in relevant individual subjects. Students taking the OIB should see the separate entry below.

German Abitur

We require an overall score of at least 1.3 in the Abitur, potentially with 14 or 15 in the most relevant subjects.

Greek Apolytirion

For students taking the Apolytirion of Lykeio, we require an overall score of 18-19, and at least two A Levels at grade A* or A. Please see the information for A level candidates, which includes information about taking A levels outside the UK. If A levels are not available, we would require a high performance in the Pan Hellenic examinations.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

Our standard HKDSE offer is 5*, 5*, and 5 in three specified elective subjects, which will be related to your chosen course at Cambridge.

Hungarian Erettsegi/Matura

Our standard offer for candidates offering the Hungarian Erettsegi/Matura requires grade 5 (jeles) in at least four subjects and one at grade 4. We would normally expect students to be taking at least two of the five Matura subjects at the Higher Level (emelt szintu). Where there is a required subject for the Cambridge course, students would be expected to take the Higher (emelt szintu) examination in this subject.

Indian CBSE or ISC Class XII examinations and the IIT-JEE

Please see the requirements for Indian qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

Our offer for IB students from outside the UK is the same as for students at schools in the UK. Please read the Information for IB students.

Iran

Our standard offer for candidates educated in Iran requires the Konkur (National Entrance Examination) and Peeshdaneshgahe (Pre-University Certificate), with a grade of 18 in both qualifications.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Our standard offer for the Irish Leaving Certificate is A1 or H1 in three relevant subjects at Higher Level.

Israeli Bagrut

We would require an overall score of 90% in the Israeli Bagrut, as well as 90% in at least three Level 5 subjects. 

Italian Esame di Stato

Our standard offer for candidates sitting the Italian Esame di Stato specifies an overall score of 98%.

Liechtenstein Matura

We standardly require scores of 6.0 in individual subjects.

Lithuanian Brandos Atestatas

We standardly require at least 95% overall and 95% in the most relevant subjects.

Luxembourg

We standardly require an overall score of at least 50 in the Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires.

Malaysian STPM

Our standard offer for candidates offering the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (Malaysian Higher School Certificate) is A,A,A.

Maltese Advanced Matriculation Certificate

We standardly require the Advanced Matriculation with A grades in A level subjects.

Netherlands

See Dutch VWO.

New Zealand

We standardly require the University Entrance Certificate with National Certificates in Educational Achievement (NCEA) at Level 3 endorsed with Excellence, and with a grade of Excellent in the majority of subjects taken.

Norwegian Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate

Our standard offer for candidates taking the offering the Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole require at least 5.0 overall with 6.0 in the most relevant subjects.

OIB (the International Option of the French Baccalaureate)

We usually require 16 or 17 out of 20, Applicants may also be asked to achieve 16 or 17 in individual subjects.

Polish New Matura

Our standard offer requires an overall score of 90%, and scores of up to 95% in up to two extended level subjects.We advise you to contact us with information about your school curriculum and which state exams you are able to access.

Portuguese DES

Our standard offer for candidates with the Portuguese Diploma de Ensino Secundário / Certificado de fim de Estudios Secundários requires at least an 18.0 overall, with 19.0 in some specific subjects.

Romanian Baccalaureate

Our standard offer for the Romanian Baccalaureate requires a score of 9.5 overall, and 9.8 in specific subjects.

Serbia Secondary School Leaving Diploma

Our standard offer for the Serbia Diploma o završenoj srednjoj školi requires an overall score of 5.0, with scores of 5.0 in the most relevant subjects.

Singapore-Cambridge Advanced Levels

Our standard offer for Singapore-Cambridge GCE Advanced Levels is AAA at H2 level. For any subject taken at H3 level, we would require a merit.

Slovakian Matura

We standardly require grade 1.0 (vyborny) in the majority of subjects in the Vysvedceneo Maturitnej Skúška, and at least grade 2.0 (chvalitebny) in all subjects. We require 1.0 in a minimum of two subjects.

Slovenian Matura

We standardly require grade 5.0 in the majority of subjects in the Maturitetno Spricevalo and at least 4.0 in all subjects. We may ask for scores of 5.0 in specified individual subjects relevant to your course at Cambridge.

Spanish Título de Bachiller

We standardly require an overall score of at least 9.0, and 9.0 in two specific subjects.

Sri Lankan GCE Advanced Levels

Our standard offer for Sri Lankan Advanced Levels is A, A, A.

Swedish qualifications

Typical offers for applicants taking the Avgångsbetyg / Fullständigt Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskola (FSFG) would be based on a total of at least 2500 points, with scores of MVG (excellent) or A grades in the majority of relevant subjects. Under the new grading system, we require an overall grade A and a grade A in three or more relevant subjects.

Swiss Matura

Our standard offer for the following qualifications requires an overall grade of 5.1, and scores of 5.5 in three subjects:

  • Swiss Federal Maturity Certificate (Maturitätszeugnis)
  • Certificat De Maturité
  • Attestato Di Maturitá
  • Eidgenössisch Anerkanntes Kantonales Maturitätszeugnis
  • Certificat De Maturité Cantonal Reconnu Par La Confédération
  • Attestato Di Maturitä Cantonale Riconosciuto Dalla Confederazione.

Tanzania

We standardly require AAA in one of the following qualifications.

  • Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate (COHSC)
  • East African Advanced Certificate of Education (EAACE)
  • National Form VI Examination / Advanced Certificate of Education (ACSE)

Trinidad and Tobago

For applicants taking the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), we standardly require a grade of 1 in three double-unit subjects.

Tunisian Baccalauréat

We usually require an overall score of at least 16 out of 20.

Turkey

You would need to take the Anadolu Lisesi and achieve a GPA of 5.0 with 90% in specific subjects. Please note that the Devlet Lise Diplomasi and Lise Bitime Diplomasi are not considered to be suitable preparation for a competitive application to the University of Cambridge.

Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE)

Our standard offer for the following qualifications is A, A, A:

  • Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE)
  • Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate (COHSC)
  • East African Advanced Certificate of Education (EAACE)

US Advanced Placements and SAT II Subject Tests

Most successful US applicants offer at least three Advanced Placement courses, and we would expect candidates to achieve 5, 5, 5 in the most relevant subjects. We do not make offers on SAT scores, but in addition to SAT I or ACT we encourage candidates to submit three SAT II subject tests (our students' individual scores are typically above 700). For information about Advanced Placements and how to take them, please see How to Enroll (US candidates) or Taking College Board exams outside the US. Students at US schools which do not offer AP courses are encouraged to email us for further information.

Applicants taking College Board SATs and/or Advanced Placement (AP) Tests are required to disclose all qualifications taken and scores achieved. Failure to disclose any scores may disadvantage your application and the Cambridge Colleges reserve the right to contact your school to confirm your results.

N.B.: The admissions websites for other Cambridge Colleges may specify different offers for US applicants. We can confirm that the information above is correct for all courses at King's.

West Indies Carribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE)

We standardly require a grade of 1 in three double unit subjects.

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