Our Coronavirus Guidance

So that we can ensure that all Members of the Churchill College community stay healthy and safe, things will look a little different when you next come to College. But you can find everything you need to know on our new Coronavirus Guidance page  From the latest research from the University to what you should do if you have symptoms, and from the provision of College services to minimising the risk of transmission, you'll find all the answers to your questions here.


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The Triple Alpha Process for Helium Fusion

Mathematics at Cambridge

Cambridge is renowned for the excellence of its Mathematics course. Equally challenging and rewarding, it offers you the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects: everything from black holes to the most abstruse logic problems.

The University's Mathematics course covers pure and applied Mathematics and Statistics, including applications of Mathematics to Physics, to decision-making processes, to financial modelling, and to numerical techniques for computation. It is the course for prospective academic mathematicians but it is by no means only for them. Its graduates go into both academic and industrial research, into the computing industry and the financial world, into teaching, into management, administration and many other careers.

Mathematics at Churchill

If you want to learn as much as possible about Mathematics and all its applications and are prepared to work hard to do so, then Churchill is the place for you. The College is just a few minutes walk from the University’s Centre for Mathematical Sciences and we have a large Maths cohort (we admit around 14 mathematicians each year). Our mathematicians form a congenial social group who are very willing to support each other's studies. If you enjoy Mathematics, we hope you will apply to us: we look forward to teaching you in due course.

Mathematics with Physics

If you believe you will specialise in theoretical Physics, this course will provide you with an excellent start, by combining the first year of the Mathematics Tripos with the Physics course from the Natural Sciences Tripos. It is a distinct course only in the first year. After that, you may transfer into the Natural Sciences course to specialise in Physics with an experimental bias, or continue in Mathematics as a theoretical physicist or indeed as a pure mathematician. Your application to Mathematics with Physics at Churchill would be considered alongside our other Mathematics applications.

Full details are provided on the Faculty of Mathematics website, and summarised in the University Undergraduate Prospectus.




Essential Highly desirable/useful
All applicants: STEP Mathematics 2 and 3. A Level: Mathematics and Further Mathematics. IB Higher Level: Mathematics. A Level / IB Higher Level: Physics.


Mathematics with Physics

Essential Highly desirable/useful
All applicants: STEP Mathematics 2 and 3. A Level: Mathematics, Further Mathematics, and Physics. IB Higher Level: Mathematics and Physics. No specific subjects

If you're taking A Levels, Further Mathematics is essential for entry to our courses in Mathematics and Mathematics with Physics.

Please note that IB applicants sitting the new (from 2019) syllabus should take the Higher Level Analysis and Approaches Maths course.

Mechanics modules within A Level / IB Higher Level Physics and (Further) Mathematics are highly desirable as an introduction to our applied courses. They are not essential, however, and we can offer you a remedial course during your first term (which can be accommodated within the normal workload of able students).

For details about potential A Level and IB offer conditions in your target degree, see our Typical Offers webpage and select your course from the University's Course Listing homepage then check out the "Subject Requirements and Typical Offers" link in the Entry Requirements tab.

For other qualifications, see our Typical Offers page.

Written work

You will not be required to submit any examples of written work.


If called, you will normally have two interviews with College academics.

Admissions assessment

If interviewed, you will be asked to sit a one-hour non-calculator admissions assessment in mathematical skills during your visit. The test will not be based on any particular syllabus.

Resources and Support

STEP residential course for non-fee paying home offer holders

We invite our home offer holders, from non-fee paying schools, to a free residential STEP course at Churchill College in March to prepare for the STEP exam. The course generally runs from 6 pm on a Friday to 4 pm on Saturday with a mixture of lectures and group working. Overnight accommodation and meals are provided at the College and travel bursaries are available if needed. We set and mark homework that is then discussed in individual supervisions and we also encourage our attendees to bring any questions they have.

Note that this is independent from the University-run day course and we encourage our offer holders to attend both.

Web Resources

If you are looking to extend your knowledge of Mathematics, you might enjoy exploring the following websites:


STEP Support Programme

Underground Mathematics


For more information and for all admissions enquiries, please contact the Admissions Office.

Admissions Office

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