Cambridge Law entry requirements are high, but this is to be expected for a university of Cambridge’s calibre.
In this post, we’ll go through the entry requirements for the M100 course. It sees extremely high competition, with 7 applications per available place in 2018. There are 202 total places available across all colleges. This meant that there were at least 1414 applicants in 2018.
To set yourself apart from this huge number of candidates, applicants will need to go above and beyond the minimum Cambridge law entry requirements. For now, let’s go through the minimum requirements.
Core Cambridge Law Entry Requirements
The typical offer for A-Level grades in terms of Cambridge Law entry requirements is A*AA. This can vary slightly for some applicants, but this is very rare and the decision is made on an individual basis.
The equivalent of this offer for IB is 40 to 42 points, with 776 at Higher Level.
For a more extensive list of different qualification types beyond these common UK ones, the University of Cambridge’s website is the best place to look. If you can’t find the information you’re looking for there, then it’s worth emailing the Cambridge admissions department with your specific question.
A Level Subjects
For Cambridge Law, most college’s entry requirements do not state that any particular subjects are necessary to study at A-Level or equivalent apart from Murray Edwards.
Murray Edwards specify an A*/7 in a subject which they will determine.
The rest of the colleges do not have any specific subject requirements.
You should note however that, while the Law faculty does point out that an essay writing subject is particularly useful, they still consider students who have not taken one of these as an option in their year 13 qualifications.
If you are serious about studying Law, then we’d highly recommend you take an essay writing subject as it will only be beneficial for your future.
Murray Edwards College, Cambridge.
The university states that while they have no specific GCSE requirements, they are definitely looked at as a performance indicator. Successful applicants tend to have high grades in the subjects relevant to the subject they wish to study. Similar to A-Levels, these could be essay writing subjects.
This information from Cambridge University doesn’t specify which subjects candidates got their GCSEs in but shows the average number of A*s received at GCSE. It does show that a higher number of A*s at GCSE correlates highly with a place to study Law. The average number of A*s achieved at GCSE for a Cambridge Law offer holder is 7.
|College||Average GCSE A* Count|
|Gonville and Caius||7|
Note here that, according to Cambridge Law entry requirements, GCSE or A-Level law is not required, or considered to give an advantage to those studying Law at the undergraduate level.
Students tend to have 7+ grades from 7 to 9 (the former As and A*s), although this is by no means a hard and fast rule, and GCSE grades do not form part of the Cambridge Law entry requirements in a strict sense. They are still considered through, especially when differentiating two very similar candidates.
For more information on general grade requirements, including the University of Cambridge’s position on re-sits and early entrance examinations, check out their FAQ page here.
The other big part of Cambridge Law entry requirements is the admissions assessment. If interviewed, candidates will have to sit a written assessment, the Cambridge Law Test. The faculty stresses that this test is not considered in isolation. Rather it forms part of your wider application.
If you are a mature student applying to a mature college, you should note that the Cambridge Law entry requirements differ slightly for mature students, and mature candidates should contact the college they wish to apply to for more information on procedures.
The Cambridge Law Test lasts for one hour, and candidates write one essay in that time. This is done while candidates are at the interview and is marked out of 10.
Further information and guides regarding the CLT can be found here.
We also have extra mock papers written by our experts and essay marking available:
Submitted work is only a requirement for a few colleges. These colleges are Lucy Cavendish, St Edmund’s and Wolfson.
They usually ask for examples of written work prior to the interview. These will be essays from school or college.
Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge.
In general, each of these Cambridge Law entry requirements is taken in the context of your application as a whole, and can vary slightly according to the individual.
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