Typical offers

Our offers are, by-and-large, in line with those typically set across the Cambridge Colleges. They are stretching but achievable. We will occasionally set a slightly lower offer if a promising applicant has been significantly disadvantaged educationally. Equally, we may set slightly higher offers in cases where we are interested in making an offer but need additional reassurance about an applicant's ability and potential; we believe it is in the applicant's best interests to be given the benefit of the doubt, rather than to make no offer at all.

Typical Churchill offers are as follows:

A Level

Our normal offer will vary according to the subject applied for.

In the Sciences (excluding Psychology and Behavioural Sciences) we will normally ask candidates to achieve grades of A*A*A or A*A*AA in their A Levels. Applicants applying for Mathematics and Mathematics with Physics will also be asked to achieve grades 1, 1 in STEP Mathematics papers 2 and 3, in addition to the A Level component of their offer. Applicants for Computer Science with Mathematics will similarly be asked for grades of 1, 2 among STEP Mathematics papers 2 and 3 in addition to A Levels.

In the Arts (including PBS but excluding Law) we will normally ask for A*AA or A*AAA at A Level. For Law we typically require A*A*AA or A*A*A* in the case where three A Level subjects are offered, not four.

Please note that in all subjects other than Law, we ordinarily only ask for grades in four A Levels where all four are directly relevant to the proposed course of study. For example, we would typically ask a Chemical Engineering applicant sitting A Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry for four grades. However, in the case that the same applicant was sitting Maths, Physics, Chemistry and German we would usually only specify three grades.

Other qualifications

Please note that applicants applying for Mathematics and Mathematics with Physics will be asked to achieve grades 1, 1 in STEP Mathematics papers 2 and 3, in addition to their high school qualifications. Applicants for Computer Science with Mathematics will be asked for grades of 1, 2 among STEP Mathematics papers 2 and 3 in addition to their high school qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

41 or 42 points overall with Higher Level scores of 7, 7, 6.

Pre-U

D2D3D3 or D2D2D3, depending upon course applied for (see above for comments regarding A Levels).

Scottish Advanced Highers

Grades A1AA or A1A1A depending on course applied for (see above for comments regarding A Levels).

French Baccalaureate

A score of 16 or 17 out of 20, with scores of 16 or 17 in relevant subjects.

German Abitur

An average score of 1.2 with scores of 14 or 15 in relevant subjects.

Irish Leaving Certificate

A1s and As in five subjects.

US Advanced Placement Tests

Grade 5 in at least four relevant AP examinations. Please note that Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SATs) are not, in and of themselves, sufficient to qualify an applicant for Cambridge entry. However, many non-UK applicants have completed SAT1s and/or SAT2s so we are used to dealing with these in our assessments. Successful applicants to Churchill typically exceed 700 points in their most relevant SAT1s and close to 800 in relevant SAT2s.

Other examination systems

If you are completing examinations in a system not listed above (every year there are a number of strong applicants in this situation), please refer to the University’s central undergraduate admissions webpage or contact the Churchill Admissions Office for advice. Offers will be, so far as we can judge, equivalent in standard to those listed above. As a general rule, we are looking for students whose academic record places them in the top 3 or 4 percentiles nationally of ability and achievement.

University international admissions information

Language qualifications

IELTS

We need reassurance on a candidate's aptitude in listening and speaking in English, in addition to their reading and writing skills.We therefore require most students whose first language is not English to complete the IELTS exam with an average score of 7.5 and scores of at least 7 in each of the four components.


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