Lucy Cavendish accepts applicants with a range of qualifications equivalent to (or more advanced than) A-level, including the International Baccalaureate, Access to Higher Education Diplomas, and Certificates in Higher Education. We also understand that mature applicants may take longer to complete these qualifications than school leavers. However, we do expect our applicants to demonstrate that they can reach the same academic standards required of school leavers at Cambridge: generally, A*AA-A*A*A at A-level, 40-42 points in the International Baccalaureate, or a Distinction in every relevant module. Many subjects also have specific requirements relating to the depth and focus of your study, as detailed on individual subject pages, and all subjects will expect you to prove that you can cope with the demands of examination-based assessment.

If you already hold or are about to complete an approved degree from another university, and are applying to us as an affiliated student, or for the Graduate Course in Medicine, the  minimum requirement is a 2.1 in a UK Honours Degree, or equivalent. However, we routinely set offers above this level, and applicants with first-class Honours will be more competitive than those without; most successful US-educated applicants have a GPA of at least 3.75/4.0. Again, many subjects have specific requirements relating to the depth and focus of your study, and occasionally we may recommend that an affiliated applicant consider the full degree course, rather than the shortened version.

If you achieved the academic standards required for either mature or affiliated entry more than two years prior to application, we advise you to undertake some additional preparation, such as a distance or open learning course. This will enable you to refresh your study skills and demonstrate commitment to your chosen subject.

General guidance on appropriate international qualifications can be found on the International Entrance Requirements section of the University of Cambridge website, which includes country-specific information. UK NARIC can assist graduates from the EU and overseas to verify their eligibility for affiliated status. The Lucy Cavendish Admissions Office is also happy to provide individual advice on academic preparation; if you would like our help, please e-mail us with details of your existing post-sixteen qualifications, and current or proposed course of study.