FAQs

Can I apply to both Oxford and Cambridge?
No, you cannot currently apply to both Oxford and Cambridge in the same year. The main difference between them is in the courses offered, check the respective websites and find the course that suits you. If you’re still struggling to choose between them, visit both and see which you like the feel of more. Overall they are both world class universities so don’t worry too much.

How do Oxford and Cambridge view exam resits?
One or two exam resits are fine, everyone has a bad day every now and then and the Admissions Tutors realise this. If you’re resitting all or most of your exams that may be more of a concern and you’ll certainly be expected to explain why. All applications are looked at as a whole so you won’t be deselected purely because you’re resitting exams.

Is there a minimum GCSE requirement?
Not at all. Unsurprisingly, Cambridge’s research shows that AS Level marks are a much better indicator of how a candidate is likely to perform at degree level than GCSE scores. Accordingly, Cambridge put much more emphasis on AS Level marks than GCSE ones. Every year some candidates with better GCSE results are unsuccessful, and some candidates with worse GCSE profiles are given places.

Which Colleges are better for which subjects?
At Cambridge all the colleges are equally good for virtually all the subjects. There are a very small number of subjects which are not offered by all the colleges, you can check which subjects a college offers on its website. A list of the subjects available at Queens’ can be found here. You can also read testimonials from students reading each subject here.

Are some Colleges easier to get into than others?
No. The pool system ensures that all colleges are equally difficult to get into. Its not really worth trying to play the application statistics because many people do this, meaning college application numbers tend to fluctuate year by year.

What extra-curricular activities will help my chances of admission?
None! Application to Cambridge is based purely on academic¬† potential so although your extra-curricular activities are great and will undoubtedly continue at Cambridge, they won’t help you get in.

Is Cambridge an expensive place to live?
Although Cambridge is a relatively expensive town for tourists and residents, as a student your living costs are kept down by the short terms and subsidized college food and drink, making Cambridge a very cost-effective place to be a student. For more details, see our money section.

What’s the Cambridge workload like?
The expectation of the university is that you are here primarily to study, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun as well. You are advised to spend between around 25 and 35 hours a week on your degree. That means if you work consistently enough in the day you will never have to work in the evenings or weekend if you don’t want to. Of course it rarely seems to work out that way but the point is you will have ample time to spend on things other than studying.

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