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/coursesand use our A-Z search.
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.
Offers range from A*A*A to AAA depending on the course.
We consider D2 to be equivalent to an A* grade at A-level and D3 to be equivalent to an A grade.
Offers range from 38 to 40 points, including core points, and may specify particular grades in the Higher Level subjects.
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.
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.
Grade 5 in three or more Advanced Placement tests in appropriate subjects OR SAT Subject Tests in three appropriate subjects at 700 or better.
For information on other qualifications, including Level 3 diplomas, the German Abitur, French Baccalaureate and SIPCAL please see ox.ac.uk/intquals.
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.