The typical A-level conditional offer is A*A*A in science subjects and Economics.
For PBS and Veterinary Medicine the typical conditional offer is A*AA.
In all other subjects it is A*AA, excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies.
Our standard offer for International Baccalaureate applicants is usually 40 – 42 points overall (including bonus points) and 7,7,6 in Higher Level subjects.
For Scottish Advanced Highers our standard offer is usually AAA.
We may on occasion vary the level of these offers upwards or downwards depending on individual circumstances.
Potential applicants who are studying for other qualifications should consult the relevant part of the University Prospectus for details: this can be viewed on line at http://www.cam.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/requirements/qualifications.html .
You may contact the Selwyn Admissions Office if you have any questions or concerns.
If you have taken GCSEs you might like to know that three-quarters of those successful in gaining an offer have, in recent years, achieved A* grades in at least three-quarters of the subjects they have taken. At AS-level they have scored an average of 90% or more in (relevant) modules. We do not just consider exam grades when it comes to making offers, but these data give an impression of the competitive nature of entry to Selwyn College.
View on GAP Years/Age at Matriculation
Providing that applicants have a clear plan for how they will spend their time, and intend to do something personally and academically beneficial, we are happy to consider applicants who wish to take a GAP year or who are applying post-qualification (i.e. during a GAP year). Examples of beneficial activities might be for linguists to spend time abroad immersing themselves in the language and culture of a place whose language they will go on to study; anthropologists travelling to experience previously unfamiliar cultures; or engineers taking part in the Year in Industry scheme. We also understand that some students may wish to spend a year out of full-time education for more personal reasons, for example if they would otherwise be significantly younger than the rest of their year-group on arrival in Cambridge.
We do not operate quotas on types of application. Applying for deferred entry will not make any significant difference to your chances of receiving an offer.
Age at Matriculation
Whilst we do not impose age limits on applicants, it is our view that a significant degree of academic and personal maturity is required to make the most of the all-round educational opportunities that life in a Cambridge College present and to cope with University-level study. In line with agreed intercollegiate policy we are therefore very unlikely to admit any students who would be under 17 years of age at the start of their course.