You meet people from different subjects, and from all over the country, even the world. Everyone's keen to make friends so you're all in the same boat.
Vidushi, Mathematician
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The most important decision you will make in your University career is which course you will study. It's important that you choose a course that suits you.

How do I pick?

There are a number of courses available at Cambridge, and it can be difficult to choose which course will suit you best, but we're here to help! Is there a subject you really love at school? Is there something you’re particularly good at?

Making an effort to #ExploreYourSubject before applying to university can help you make sure you’re making the right choice – if you don’t want to learn about your subject beyond the classwork you do, maybe it isn’t quite right for you!

Once you've got an idea of the course(s) you're interested in, try browsing our course pages or coming for an Open Day!

Course information

Our course pages will give you an idea of content and entrance requirements. All our courses at Peterhouse are run centrally by the University Departments, but our pages are special because Peterhouse Fellows have taken the time to describe how they view studying their subject at our College!

As a student here, your Director of Studies (typically a Fellow of your College) is responsible for arranging your ‘supervisions’ and providing more general guidance on academic matters. Beyond this, your College is your home within the university, where you will do the majority of your eating, sleeping and socialising.

The Peterhouse course pages include commentary on course structure and teaching methods, as well as notes on admissions procedures and entrance requirements. Entrance requirements give the typical offers for A level students. If you are studying for qualifications other than A levels, the corresponding information is provided on the University website.

Open Days

Open Days give you a chance to get a feel for Cambridge as a city. The university-wide Open Days in July will give you a fantastic opportunity to visit the department for your subject as well as lots of colleges – including Peterhouse, of course!

At Peterhouse, our next Open Day will be the  University Open Days on July 7th and 8th 20222 .

Applying to a course

Cambridge is a collegiate university, which means that all students are members of both a College and the University in addition to a Department or Faculty. The Colleges process application and make offers, and the University and the Departments set course content, lectures, classes, practicals and exams. This means that for some subjects the University has certain entry requirements. All Colleges follow these requirements, but then we may have some additional requirements of our own.

You can find further information about this on the course pages listed here, on our Applying to Peterhouse pages, and on the University’s website.

Receiving an offer from Peterhouse

Whilst most offers are at the typical level given on our course pages, all offers are set individually on a case-by-case basis taking a holistic view of an applicant's background, ability and predicted potential. We aim to make our entrance criteria transparent and we're not looking for more than stated on this website and there aren't any 'secret' requirements. However if you are unsure or have any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch with the Admissions Team.

Unavailable courses

It's worth noting at this stage that there are some courses offered by Cambridge that are not available at Peterhouse. These are: Education; Geography; Land Economy; Psychological and Behavioural Sciences; and Veterinary Medicine.

You meet people from different subjects, and from all over the country, even the world. Everyone's keen to make friends so you're all in the same boat.
Vidushi, Mathematician