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Typical offer: A*AA with A* in History 

Required subjects: History

Useful subjects: Other essay-based subjects and Languages

Number of students per year: 4-6

The BA in History is internationally renowned, and the breadth of teaching expertise within the Faculty is such that it can accommodate many different interests and approaches to historical study. Cambridge History graduates are highly employable and the course provides a springboard into a huge variety of careers, from journalism and broadcasting to law, business and finance.



The History course will change from October 2022, therefore potential applicants should view the faculty website for up-to-date information regarding the structure of the course.

In Part Ia students complete two ‘Outline’ papers, one sources paper and also the course ‘Introduction into Historical Thinking’.

Information on Part Ib will be added in due course.

In Part II students complete a dissertation and a special subject long essay. Students will also complete an examination on their special subject alongside an examination on an Advanced Topic.

Further information can be found on the Faculty and University websites.   

Typical offers require

  • A Level: A*AA with an A* in History 
  • IB: 42 points, with 776 at Higher Level including 7 in HL History 
  • Advanced Highers: A1, A2, A2 with A1 in History 

For other qualifications see the main entrance requirements pages on the University website. 

Subject Requirements


Required: History

Highly recommended: Other essay-based subjects and Languages


Required: History

Highly recommended: Other essay-based subjects and Languages

Mature students and those taking other qualifications are encouraged to contact our Admissions Office (at to discuss the entry requirements for their qualifications.

Written work

Students will be required to submit two pieces of written work. Please see our guidance document for more information on the submission of written work. 


Applicants shortlisted for interview are required to sit a Cambridge College registered assessment, the History Admissions Assessment (HAA).Applicants do not need to register themselves for this assessment in advance. 


Interviews allow us to distinguish amongst excellent applicants by assessing the skills and aptitudes essential for successful study in higher education, and your academic qualities – essentially, how do you think?

Interviews for all applicants, will take place virtually, except for UK-based applications to Trinity College. However, the aims and content will still be the same as in-person interviews.

Each candidate typically has two interviews, lasting between twenty and thirty minutes. In some cases, you will be given preparatory reading beforehand.

In a few subjects, you will be interviewed by more than one College or in the Faculty. You will be notified of this in your interview invitation.

Supracurricular exploration is an important way to expand your knowledge of your subject, explore your interests and develop your skills. Our new webpage contains guidance on supracurricular exploration and a comprehensive source of resources, grouped according to undergraduate degrees at Cambridge. 

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