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The only essential GCE A level for admission to Cambridge to read for the Computer Science Tripos is Mathematics. Also desirable are Further Mathematics and a physical science (Physics, Chemistry or Geology) at A level, or at AS level if not taken at A level. Some colleges may ask candidates to take the Advanced Extension Award or STEP papers in Mathematics.
Those wishing to go on to Part IB Computer Science in their second year should take either the 50% option of Part IA of the Computer Science Tripos or the Computer Science option of Part IA of the Mathematical Tripos. The 25% option of Part IA of the Computer Science Tripos is principally intended for those who plan to continue with Natural Sciences in their Part IB year; it is not a suitable preparation for Part IB of the Computer Science Tripos.