Clare College Cambridge


Number of students per year: 1-2
Typical offer: A*AA at A-level or 7,7,6 (42+ overall) in the IB or the equivalent from other educational systems. For Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers - Offers usually require AAA at Advanced Higher Grade; bands may be specified.
Essential subjects: There are no specific requirements on subjects studied at A-level. Applicants with interests in both the arts and sciences are welcomed. Some experience of formal study of language, either through learning languages or A-level English Language would provide a useful background.
Written assessment: All applicants who are selected for interview are required to take the university-wide at-interview written assessment for Linguistics. Further information about this is available here.


Linguistics is the study of all aspects of human language and how we communicate using language. It explores the structure of languages – their sounds, how words are formed, how words are combined to form sentences, the construction of discourses, and how meaning is conveyed at each of these levels of language structure. Linguistics investigates how children learn their native language and whether certain properties of languages are universal to all languages, helping us to understand more about the nature of the human mind. Linguistics is also concerned with how language changes over time and how its usage varies among different groups in society.


Clare Linguistics students with Director of Studies, Dr Kirsty McDougall (far right), at a college dinner.


Link to University Subject Page


See Student Profile: Rowan Douglas