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Requirements

In order to apply to St John's College you should meet certain requirements, both academic and linguistic. These are to ensure that our students get the most out of studying at the University of Cambridge.

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English language requirements »

It is essential that your English language skills are good enough for you to undertake an intensive and challenging academic course that is taught and examined in English. Therefore, if your first language is not English, you may be asked to achieve one of the following formal qualifications as part of the conditions of your offer:

The University Language Centre runs an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programme for students who aren't native English speakers. Designed to help improve English language and academic skills relevant to your course through workshops and individual supervisions, attendance on the programme may be included as a condition of entry to the University.

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Minimum offer levels »

Generally speaking our minimum conditional offer is A*AA at A2 (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) for Arts subjects and A*A*A at A2 for Sciences. 

There are no hard and fast rules as such, but, as a general guide, for an applicant sitting four or more A levels (excluding General Studies) we would normally expect them to achieve at least an A grade in all those A levels to meet their offer.  However, this does not imply that we expect all applicants to be taking 4 or more A levels and applicants are also encouraged to ask about offer levels in relation to individual circumstances. 

We do, of course, receive many applications from people taking qualifications other than A Levels, whether Pre-Us, IB, French Bacc, Irish Leaving Certificate, Advanced Highers, Abitur, Erettsegi or examinations in other European or International systems.  We are happy to discuss the level at which we are likely to set an offer on an individual basis, depending upon your subject interests. The University website details information for comparable examination requirements.

It is vitally important that applicants refer to Tripos information for specific subject requirements at A Level.

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