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Our standard conditional offer for this subject is usually A*AA at A level or 41 - 43 points overall and 7, 7, 6 at Higher Level in IB.  All Colleges may modify offers to take account of individual circumstances.  Further information can be found here.

Downing takes two or three land economists each year and has the advantage of having a member of the Department as an Emeritus Fellow of the College.

Because of the small number of places for Land Economy in each College, the Directors of Studies keep in close contact with each other so that if one College has a large number of good quality applicants but cannot take them all, other Colleges will consider them.

If you wish to find out more about Land Economy at Downing, you are welcome to attend one of our College open days.

The Department also has its own departmental open day. Further information about the Land Economy Tripos can be found on the Department website.

The Director of Studies in Land Economy is Emeritus Professor John McCombie.

There is no combination of A-Level subjects that is a prerequisite for studying Land Economy, although Mathematics and Economics would be useful.

What the College is looking for are students of the highest intellectual potential, regardless of the subjects that they are taking at A-Level.

At present, Land Economy applicants receive two interviews on the same day, each with either one or two interviewers. Both interviews are largely subject-based, although more general questions may also be asked.

All applicants are required to take the pre-interview written assessment for Land Economy which is the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA).  You must resister for this yourself.  There is more information here:  There is no requirement to bring any material along to the interviews and written work is not requested prior to interviews.

Further advice about entry requirements and interviews for all subjects can be found in the Applying to Downing section of this site.

The reading list on the Faculty website is given as a guide to help applicants gain a better understanding of the subject matter. They are not intended as preparatory reading and interviewers will not expect candidates necessarily to have read any of these titles.

Further details about the Land Economy course can be found at the University of Cambridge site.

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