Cambridge International AS & A-Level Recognition


The Standing Conference of German Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (KMK) issued the following recommendations:

General entrance requirements

  • A total of four AS and A Level subjects, three of which must be at full A Level standard.
    For example: Three Cambridge International A Levels PLUS one Cambridge International AS Level
  • The choice of four subjects must include a language at minimum AS Level. A language at minimum AS Level is a general entrance requirement for study at Bachelor degree level; the university may accept an AS or A Level in Literature in lieu. An AS or A Level in German will be taken into consideration even if it is in fact spoken as a mother tongue.
  • Mathematics OR a natural science such as biology or chemistry or physics. Vocational subjects are not accepted.

Requirements for specific fields of study

For courses in the Humanities, Law, Social Sciences, Economics or Arts, a suitable A Level for the chosen field of study is required:

  • For the Humanities, for example, an A level in history or geography would be acceptable.
  • For Economics or the Social Sciences, an A Level in mathematics is a additional requirement.
  • For natural sciences, two A Level subjects from the field mathematics and natural sciences
  • For technical or mathematical subjects: A-Level Maths PLUS one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Informatics
  • For Medicine, three subjects out of mathematics, biology, chemistry or physics. Please be aware that medical applicants must also prove advanced German proficiency

Final remarks

Two GCE Advanced Subsidiary Level courses can be accepted in lieu of one GCE Advanced Level.

In Germany, A Level Economics and A Level Business Studies are viewed as overlapping subjects. Combining an A Level in Business Studies with an A Level Economics is best avoided since these subjects will not be accepted as two independent A Levels.

Admission follows three criteria in this order: academic requirements, language requirements, availability of places. This text only covers the first step.

Universities may have specific language proficiency requirements (for example, in English/German) depending on the study programme. Please check with the chosen University! German nationality does not imply language proficiency. Ranking of applicants is usually done based on non-weighted GPA.

This is an abbreviated text for general information, you can find more detailed and legally binding information at

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