London: The University of Cambridge will raise the bar for admissions starting next year because too many students are meeting its entry requirements.
Applicants will need at least one A* and two As in their high school A-level examinations to be considered for entry, the university said on its website. Previously, three A grades were enough.
Cambridge said it is making the change after being forced last year to reject record numbers of students who met all the criteria under the current system. The new requirements are intended to help to identify the most able applicants and allow them to prove themselves in the public examination, said Geoff Parks, director of admissions for the 31 colleges that make up Cambridge.