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).

The information on this page is updated in January each year for students applying the following October.

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 for choosing school subjects is available in the Subject Matters leaflet.

Anglophone qualifications

A levels

Our standard A Level offer depends on the course you apply for:

  • The standard A level offer is A*, A*, and A for Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine, and Natural Sciences.
  • The standard A level offer is A*, A, and A for all other courses. This applies to Anglo Saxon, Norse and Celtic; Architecture; Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; Classics; Economics; English; Geography; History; History of Art; Human, Social and Political Sciences (HSPS); Law; Linguistics; Modern and Medieval Languages; Music; Philosophy; Psychological and Behavioural Sciences (PBS); and Theology and Religious Studies.

To find out how you can take A levels outside the UK please contact your local British Council.

Pre-U

Our standard offer for students applying in October 2014 is D3 in Principal Subjects, usually with D2 in one Principal Subject. In combination with A levels, we would ask either for A*, A and D3 or for A, D2 and D3.

International Baccalaureate

We standardly require grades 7, 6, 6 in the relevant Higher Level subjects plus an overall score of 38, including the Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay components. To find out about the IB and where you can take it, please see the International Baccalaureate Organisation website. N.B.: The admissions websites for other Cambridge Colleges may specify higher IB offers. We can confirm that the information above is correct for all courses at King's.

Irish Leaving Certificate

We standardly require grade A in five subjects at Higher Level.

Scottish Advanced Highers

We typically make offers on three Advanced Higher qualifications, requiring A, A, A.

Welsh Baccalaureate

We typically make offers on three A levels within the Advanced Diploma. Our standard A Level offer depends on the course you apply for:

  • The standard offer is A*, A*, and A for Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine and Natural Sciences.
  • The standard offer is A*, A, and A for all other courses. This applies to Anglo Saxon, Norse and Celtic; Architecture; Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; Classics; Economics; English; Geography; History; History of Art; Human, Social and Political Sciences (HSPS); Law; Linguistics; Modern and Medieval Languages; Music; Philosophy; Psychological and Behavioural Sciences (PBS); and Theology and Religious Studies.
     

Australian Certificates

We standardly require an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 98.5%. For the Queensland Certificate of Education our standard offer requires an Overall Position in band 1.

Canada/Ontario

We standardly require at least 80% overall in grade 12. N.B.: The admissions websites for other Cambridge Colleges may specify different offers for applicants from Canada. We can confirm that the information above is correct for all courses at King's.

New Zealand

We standardly require the University Entrance Certificate with National Certificates in Educational Achievement (NCEA) at Level 3 with 80 credits and with a grade of Excellent in the majority of subjects taken, or the University Entrance Certificate with the New Zealand Bursaries Certificate at a score of at least 400.

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. 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.

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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

Austrian Matura

Our standard offer for those taking the Austrian Matura is an overall score of at least 1.2.

Belgian Diploma

Our standard offer for the Belgian Diploma is an overall score of at least 8.0 (80%) overall, potentially with higher grades in the most relevant subjects.

Bulgarian Diploma Za Zavarsheno Sredno Obrazovanie (DZSO)

We standardly require grade 6 in the most relevant subjects.

Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE)

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

Czech Maturita

We standardly require grade 1 in the majority of subjects.

Danish Studentereksamen

Our standard offer for the Danish Studentereksamen is a certified pass with at least 10.0 overall, including 11 in English.

Dutch VWO

Our standard offer for the Dutch VWO requires an overall score of at least 8.0, potentially with higher grades in the most relevant subjects.

Estonian Gümnaasiumi Lõputunnistus and Riigieksamid

We standardly require the Estonian Gümnaasiumi Lõputunnistus, including Riigieksamid with an overall average score of at least 90%, and scores of 5 in the most relevant subjects.

European Baccalaureate

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

Finnish Ylioppilastutkintotodistus/Studentexamensbetyg (National Matriculation)

We usually require passes in at least four subjects, with no subject below eximia (excellent) and at least two subjects at laudatur (outstanding).

French Baccalauréat

We usually require an overall 'mention bien' (at least 14 out of 20), potentially with higher grades in the most relevant subjects. N.B.: The admissions websites for other Cambridge Colleges may specify higher offers for applicants from France. We can confirm that the information above is correct for all courses at King's. 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 higher scores in the most relevant subjects.

Greek/Cypriot Apolytirion (including Panhellenic/Pancyprian examinations)

We standardly require a score of at least 19.0 overall.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

Our standard HKDSE offer is 5*, 5*, and 5 in three electives.

Hungarian Erettsegi

Our standard offer for candidates offering the Hungarian Erettsegi requires grade 5 in the majority of subjects.

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

Please see the requirements for Indian qualifications.

Iran

Our standard offer for candidates educated in Iran requires a National Entrance Exam (Konkur) with scores of 18 or more, and the Pre-University Certificate (Peeshdaneshgahe) with a result of at least 80%.

Israeli Bagrut

We would require an overall 85% with at least three 5 unit subjects in the Israeli Bagrut.

Italian Esame di Stato

Our standard offer for candidates sitting the Italian Esame di Stato specifies an overall score of 95%.

Latvian Certificate of General Secondary Education

Our standard offer for the Atestāts par vispārējo vidējo izglītību requires at least 90% overall and 90% in the most relevant subjects.

Liechtenstein Matura

We standardly require scores of 6 in the majority of subjects.

Lithuanian Brandos Atestatas

We standardly require at least 90% overall and 90% in the most relevant subjects.

Luxembourg

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

Maltese Advanced Matriculation Certificate

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

Morocco Baccalauréat

We standardly require at least 18 out of 20.

Norwegian Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate

Our standard offer for candidates offering the Norwegian upper secondary leaving certificate (which must be endorsed as Generell Studiekompetanse) is 5.3 overall with 6 in the most relevant subjects.

OIB (the International Option of the French Baccalaureate)

We usually require an overall 'mention bien' (at least 14 out of 20), potentially with higher grades in the most relevant subjects.

Polish Matura

Our standard offer requires a certified pass in the seventh stanine or above overall, with scores in the seventh stanine or above in the three most relevant subjects. Details of the stanines are published each year by the Central Examinations Commission. Please see their website for 2013 results.

Portuguese DES

Our standard offer for candidates with the Portuguese Diploma de Ensino Secundário requires at least a 17.0 overall, potentially with 18 in the most relevant subjects.

Romanian Baccalaureate

Our standard offer for the Romanian Baccalaureate requires a score of at least 9.0 overall.

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 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 in the majority of subjects.

Slovenian Matura

We standardly require grade 5 in the majority of subjects.

Spanish Título de Bachiller

We standardly require an overall score of at least 9.0.

Sri Lankan GCE Advanced Levels

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

Swedish qualifications

For students who started studying for the Swedish school leaving exam (FSFG: Fullständigt Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskolan) before 2011, we require a score of at least 19.0 overall, with MVG in the relevant subjects. Our standard offer for students who started after July 2011 will require at least 2500 points and grades A or B in the relevant subjects.

Swiss Matura

Our standard offer for the Swiss Federal Maturity Certificate requires an overall grade of at least 5.0, potentially with 6 in the most relevant subjects.

Tanzania

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

We standardly require AAA in one of the above qualifications.

Tunisian Baccalauréat

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

Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE)

Our standard offer for the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education is A, A, A.

West Indies Carribean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE)

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

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