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Entry requirements

The standard offer for the Education Tripos is A*AA at A level (or equivalent, e.g. 40-41 points at IB with 776 at Higher Level), in line with other Cambridge degrees. For other qualification and equivalency information please see the main University admissions pages. Students studying for qualifications other than A level e.g. Scottish Highers, the International Baccalaureate, American High School Diploma etc. should contact individual college admissions offices.

There are no specific subjects that are required by all Colleges. However, some Colleges require A Level (or equivalent) in a subject relevant to the track you want to study. In particular, please note that most Colleges will require applicants for the Education, English, Drama and the Arts track to have A-level English Literature/English Literature and Language (or equivalent). Please contact individual Colleges to find out their subject requirements.

Application Procedure

To apply to Cambridge, you will need to submit an application to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Once received, your application will be forwarded to a Cambridge College for consideration.

You should indicate in your Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) which 'track' you are interested in studying.

Applicants from outside the EU also need to submit a Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA)

Please remember that the deadline for the UCAS application (and the Cambridge Overseas Application Form where appropriate) is the 15th October. There is an earlier deadline for applicants wishing to be interviewed overseas and a later deadline for mature applicants studying on one year courses.

For more information on the admissions procedure at Cambridge, please see the University's website.

Admissions assessment

All applicants for Education will be required to take a pre-interview written assessment. This will normally be taken in your own school or college. If your school or college is not a centre for taking this assessment there are Open Centres which can take on that role (see here).

You must be registered in advance (separately to your UCAS application) to take the assessment. The registration deadline is 15 October but please note that open centres may set an earlier deadline for accepting entries, and it is your responsibility to check if this applies at your centre. Your assessment centre must register you for the pre-interview assessment; you’re not able to register yourself. The pre-interview written assessment date and scheduled start times are given on the Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing website.

Please note that your performance in the pre-interview assessment will not be considered in isolation, but will be taken into account alongside the other elements of your application.

Mature students (aged 21 or over) applying to one of the mature Colleges should refer to the relevant information about pre-interview assessments on the written assessments page of the university website.

The assessment which has a similar format to those for other Humanities courses, has the following specification:

Education Admissions Assessment Specification 2019

There is a specimen paper available which you can access on the university website here, under the tab ‘entry requirements’.

International Applicants

Cambridge is a great place to study at as international student. The Faculty of Education is a truly diverse Faculty and we very much welcome applicants from overseas. 

Some of the application and financial arrangements differ for international applicants. You can find guidance on this here.

Further Information

Please visit the University of Cambridge web page for further information on Education courses at Cambridge.

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