University of Oxford Undergraduate Prospectus 2015 entry



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Courses

Oxford courses


This is the most important decision you need to make about university: which course do you want to study?

This is your chance to choose exactly what you want. You will be studying the course for three or four years or more, in great depth, so make sure it’s something you find really interesting.

We recommend that you read about lots of courses, including some subjects you might not have considered before. The perfect course might be something new.

You might also like to consider a joint course, and study two or more subjects together. Joint courses at Oxford are carefully chosen to provide opportunities to explore different subject areas and examine the connections between them. Combining subjects in this way reveals insights that you might not find by studying the individual subjects alone.

Oxford degrees explore the entire breadth of a subject or subjects, and they also let you probe deeply into areas that interest you. All courses have some compulsory papers, plus plenty of options.

There are lots of ways to find out more - see pp 182-189 [Transcriber’s Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note]. Why not download a course brochure or attend an open day?



If you can’t find the subject you’re looking for, go to ox.ac.uk/courses and use our A-Z search.

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Entrance requirements


To make a competitive application, you need to have three A-levels or any other equivalent qualifications. All subjects are acceptable for admissions purposes except General Studies. Please see pp 16-116 [Transcriber’s Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note] for specific requirements for each course.

A-levels


Offers range from A*A*A to AAA depending on the course.

Pre-U


We consider D2 to be equivalent to an A* grade at A-level and D3 to be equivalent to an A grade.

International Baccalaureate


Offers range from 38 to 40 points, including core points, and may specify particular grades in the Higher Level subjects.

Scottish qualifications


We usually expect AAAAB or AAAAA in your Highers, with two or more Advanced Highers. If you take three Advanced Highers, we ask for AAB. If you can only take two, we ask for AA grades, and an A grade in an additional Higher taken in Year 6.

US qualifications


SAT Reasoning Test scores of at least 700 in Critical Reading, Mathematics and the Writing Paper OR ACT with a score of at least 32 out of 36.

AND


Grade 5 in three or more Advanced Placement tests in appropriate subjects OR SAT Subject Tests in three appropriate subjects at 700 or better.

Other qualifications


For information on other qualifications, including Level 3 diplomas, the German Abitur, French Baccalaureate and SIPCAL please see ox.ac.uk/intquals.

ox.ac.uk/enreqs

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to provide my unit grades?


You do not need to provide your unit grades. However, if your school or college gives AS module results (grades or marks) in your UCAS application, they will be considered as part of your overall academic record. They will not be used in a mechanistic way when tutors decide who to shortlist, or which candidates receive an offer. You may like to include your AS module marks if they demonstrate that you are performing strongly. If your school or college has a policy not to certificate AS module results (or if they don’t enter candidates for modules in year 12) we ask teachers to mention this in the UCAS reference. If there is no statement, we will assume that your school or college does certificate AS qualifications in Year 12.

Do you recognise Extended Projects?


Extended Project Qualifications (EPQs) will not be a condition of any offer from Oxford but we do recognise that the EPQ offers valuable opportunities to develop research and academic skills relevant for study at Oxford. We encourage you to refer to relevant EPQ experience when you write your personal statement.

What if I take qualifications early?


The University supports the general principles of Age and Stage, where students complete qualifications according to their ability. We do still expect students to achieve at the highest level.

Should I take extra A-levels?


Taking extra A-levels can be one way to demonstrate your academic abilities. However, this is certainly not the only way. Tutors may prefer a candidate who has read around their subject, and who shows a great passion for their course, over someone who has taken more subjects, but who is not able to discuss their interests with any enthusiasm or in any depth. We also advise candidates not to take too many subjects, if you risk dropping a grade or two in your results.

Do you accept retakes?


Yes, we do. However, all courses at Oxford are academically demanding; we aim to select students who could benefit the most from the challenges the courses present. Candidates who are re-taking examinations have on average a lower chance of being offered a place.

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Subject requirements


Subject

Essential

Colleges will normally expect students to take the full A-level, or equivalent, in these subjects. See course pages for details



Recommended

It is highly desirable to study these subjects to full A-level, or equivalent



Helpful

A background in these subjects at either full A-level or AS-level (or equivalent) may be useful for some elements of the course



Archaeology and Anthropology

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Combination of arts and science subjects

Biochemistry (Molecular and Cellular)

Chemistry and another science or Mathematics

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Biology and Mathematics to at least AS-level (or equivalent)

Biological Sciences

Biology or Human Biology

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Another science or Mathematics

Biomedical Sciences

Two from Biology Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics

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Chemistry

Chemistry and Mathematics

Another science or Further Mathematics

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Classical Archaeology and Ancient History

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A classical language, Classical Civilisation or Ancient History

Classics

Latin and/or Greek (for Course I only)

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Classics and English

Latin and/or Greek (for Course only), English Literature or English Language and Literature

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Classics and Modern Languages

Latin and/or Greek (for Course only) and a modern language (depending on course choice)

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Classics and Oriental Studies

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Latin and/or Greek

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Computer Science

Mathematics

Further Mathematics or a science

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Computer Science and Philosophy

Mathematics

Further Mathematics or a science

A subject involving essay-writing

Earth Sciences (Geology)

Mathematics, plus Chemistry or Physics

Chemistry or Physics

Biology, Geology, Further Mathematics

Economics and Management

Mathematics







Engineering Science

Mathematics and Physics

Inclusion of Maths Mechanics modules

Further Mathematics

English Language and Literature

English Literature or

English Language and Literature



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A language, History

English and Modern Languages

A modern language (depending on course choice) and English Literature, or English Language and Literature

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European and Middle Eastern Languages

A modern language (depending on course choice)

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Fine Art

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Art

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Geography

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Geography

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History

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History

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History (Ancient and Modern)

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History

A classical language, Classical Civilisation, Ancient History

History and Economics

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History, Mathematics

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History and English

English Literature or

English Language and Literature



History

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Subject

Essential

Colleges will normally expect students to take the full A-level, or equivalent, in these subjects. See course pages for details



Recommended

It is highly desirable to study these subjects to full A-level, or equivalent



Helpful

A background in these subjects at either full A-level or AS-level (or equivalent) may be useful for some elements of the course



History and Modern Languages

A modern language (depending on course choice)

History

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History and Politics

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History

Sociology, Politics, Government and Politics

History of Art

A subject involving essay-writing

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History of Art, Fine Art, History, English, a language

Human Sciences

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Biology Mathematics

Law (Jurisprudence)

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Law with Law Studies in Europe

A relevant modern language (not required for European Law)

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Materials Science

Mathematics and Physics

Chemistry

Further Mathematics, Design and Technology (Resistant Materials)

Mathematics

Mathematics

Further Mathematics

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Mathematics and Computer Science

Mathematics

Further Mathematics

A science

Mathematics and Philosophy

Mathematics

Further Mathematics

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Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematics

Further Mathematics

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Medicine

Chemistry with either Mathematics or Biology or Physics

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Modern Languages

One or more modern languages (depending on course choice)

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Modern Languages and Linguistics

A modern language (depending on course choice)

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English Language, Mathematics, a science or any other language

Music

Music

Keyboard ability to ABRSM Grade V or above

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Oriental Studies

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A language

Philosophy and Modern Languages

A modern language (depending on course choice)

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Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

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Mathematics, History

Philosophy and Theology

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A subject involving essay-writing

Physics

Physics and Mathematics

Inclusion of Maths Mechanics module

Further Mathematics

Physics and Philosophy

Physics and Mathematics

Inclusion of Maths Mechanics module

An arts subject and Further Mathematics

Psychology (Experimental)

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One or more science subjects or Mathematics

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Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics

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For Psychology: one or more science subjects or Mathematics

For Linguistics: English Language, Mathematics, a science or any other language

Theology and Religion

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A subject involving essay-writing

Theology and Oriental Studies

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A subject involving essay-writing, a language

These tables give a summary of the entrance requirements but… please check the details on your course pages as well.

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