Clare College Cambridge


Typical offers for various examination systems are listed below.  

Although we recognise the value of A2 subjects such as General Studies and Critical Thinking, they will not be counted towards the grades required. All applicants to read the Mathematics Tripos (including Mathematics with Physics and Computer Science with Mathematics) will be expected to sit STEP. We do not set offers based on Advanced Extension Awards. Offers require candidates to take all the examinations listed on their application form. Offer holders may not vary these without permission from the college.

It is difficult to indicate in advance the precise combinations of grades that will be set. It is usual that the top 4% of candidates in the UK apply to Cambridge, with this in mind, we would be looking for candidates who are not in the UK examination system to be in the same educational percentile.



A2 level

Each offer is tailored to you personally, taking into account your individual circumstances, including school background, any extenuating circumstances and the nature of your course. The range of offers for Arts and Sciences subjects will typically be: 

  • Arts – A*AA.
  • Sciences – A*A*A or A*A*AA (excluding Psychological and Behavioural Sciences)

For Natural Sciences (Physical), it is desirable that you take four science A-levels (from Maths, Further Maths, Biology, Physics and Chemistry). However, if you are unable to take four science subjects (e.g. because your school does not offer it, or you are only able to take three A-levels) then you will be at no disadvantage when you apply (but please make this clear on your form).

Cambridge Pre-U

Conditional offers are set on an individual basis but are likely to include achieving Distinction level grades (D2 or D3) in Principal Subjects.

Scottish Advanced Highers

3 AH subjects, our usual offer would be at the level of AAA. In some cases two Advanced Highers and an additional Higher may be acceptable. We are also happy for Scottish candidates to take a mix of AH and A2 levels, and would pitch our offer at the same level.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Candidates should be taking at least 6 subjects at Higher level. A typical offer is AAAAAA at higher level.

American Advanced Placements

We would usually expect an excellent SATS record. We do not have target scores as such, but past experience is that applicants are in the 700s. We make offers instead on the basis of Advanced Placements. We would usually ask for 4 or 5 APs, with those closest to the proposed field of study at level 5. A typical offer would be 5 APs, with scores of four 5s and a 4.

International Baccalaureate

7,7,6 in relevant subjects, with at least 2 at higher level, and a score of 40+ points overall. We accept that candidates may sometimes be taking their proposed subject of study as a subsidiary subject for the IB. In that case, we would ask for a 7 in that subject at subsidiary level.

European Baccalaureate

Arts:  8.0, with 8.5 in the Arts subjects closest to the proposed field of study.

Sciences: 8.5, with 9.0 in the Science subjects closest to the proposed field of study.

French Baccalaureate

An overall ‘mention tres bien'. Typical offers are 16 or 17 out of twenty overall. Candidates may also be asked to achieve 16 or 17 in specific subjects.


1,2 or less, and definitely not greater than 1,3. In some science subjects, we may stipulate particular marks (14 or 15) for the subjects closest to the proposed field of study


The Extenuating Circumstances Form has replaced the Cambridge Special Access Scheme.


If you are taking an examination that is not covered by this table, please contact the Admissions Office for further information.