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Finds number NLM 449, Portable Antiquities. Photo by Daniel Buxton, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic

  • Number of students per year: up to two
  • Typical offer: A*AA or equivalent
  • Essential subjects: none
  • Useful subjects: a language, if possible

Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic explores the history, material culture, languages, and literatures of the different peoples of the British Isles and Scandinavia in the earlier Middle Ages, from the 5th to the 11th century.  

It's a fascinating, interdisciplinary course which is unique to Cambridge.

At Jesus you'll have the opportunity to develop your own interests within a supportive and challenging intellectual environment. We have first rate study facilities, including the Quincentenary Library.

Find out more on the University webpage.


Our typical offer is for an A* and two A grades in your A-Levels. The course is interdisciplinary, so there are no essential subjects you must have studied if you'd like to read Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic with us. 

There are some subjects which might be useful preparation: English, History, Classics, or languages are all a good fit. The main requirement is curiosity about early languages, medieval literature, or medieval history.


We don't expect you to have any previous knowledge about any Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic subjects before you start the course. Instead we look for strength in languages, literature, or history. 

Written assessment

 There is currently no written assessment for Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic.


In light of Covid we are currently reviewing whether we shall be holding virtual or College-based interviews and will provide further details in the future.

In order to minimise COVID-related risks to our applicants, students and staff, all 2020 interviews were held online. A typical online interview for Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic studies usually consists of two 30 minute online interviews with the Director of Studies for Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic and subject Fellows. However, this format may change depending on government guidelines for 2021.

There is the possibility that interviews this year could take place in College or virtually once more. We will provide further details as soon as we are able.

Written work

You'll also be asked to submit two classwork essays in any humanities subjects, they should be under 2,000 words each. If you prefer you can submit an extract from your coursework instead of an essay.

Deferred or post A-Level entry

We're happy to consider post A-Level applications from anyone who has achieved an A* and two A grades, or equivalent. You'll need to go through the normal competitive assessment process with the other applicants. We'll also consider a second time application without prejudice.

Find out how to apply to study at Jesus. 


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