I should just point out that I wrote the stuff below in 2006. I think a lot of it's still true, but do check if something is important, especially college specific info. (The links still work and give up to date info). Bear in mind that most offers are now going to be A*AA. ******* Asking this question is one of the most common thread topics - it is a worry shared by most applicants. As I proposed, this thread is designed to be a common reference - look here before you post regarding your own situation and see if you can find the answer. Hopefully, this will make it easier for everyone and will prevent the forum being clogged by lots of identical posts. Basically, the answer to the kind of things that people post is almost always YES YES YES! You don't need 200 A*s at GCSE (or even 10), you don't have to do more than 3 A-levels, and you don't need to come from a posh southern private school (though you won't be disadvantaged if you do). The full university advice on basic requirements can be found here. For specific medical requirements look here. You DO need the following as a basic minimum: A grade C or above at GCSE (or equivalent, or at AS/A-level or equivalent if you don't have the GCSE) in: English A foreign language Double award science (or triple science) Maths Passes in 3 of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths at AS-level. Chemistry A-level and at least one other science/maths subject at A-level. (You can be considered with only one science, but 2 are preferred, and some colleges prefer 3 - see below.) Be predicted AAA at A-level, as this is the offer you can expect if you are successful. If you have all of the above, along with a favourable reference, you should expect to be interviewed by Cambridge. If there are good reasons why you couldn't meet one of the above conditions (such as your school didn't offer a language for GCSE) you should ring Cambridge to discuss it as you may still have a chance. Obviously, the most successful applicants have good exam results, a good BMAT score, a good reference, a good personal statement, and interview well. However, if one of these factors is not so good, you can make it up with one of the others, so Cambridge may still be worth a shot. Bear in mind that the criteria for getting an interview are easier to meet at Cambridge than at most other places, so you might be able to wow them in person, even with a weak application on paper. Of course, because of these lower criteria, you are competing against more people at the interview stage.