The University of Oxford is one of the top elite schools in UK. Prospective students are given admissions based on a number of criteria. Applications start September and end October 15, yearly. To apply for an undergraduate admission, here are 5 basic steps to follow:

  1. UCAS Application
  • Oxford uses the UCAS application system. If you want to study at Oxford, you need to apply a year before the start date of your course by completing the online application form at ucas.com. Applications open in early September, and the deadline is 6pm UK time on 15 October every year. Late applications cannot be accepted.
  • You will need to provide information about yourself, including a personal statement where you talk about your interest in the subject or subjects you’re applying for . There is also a place where a teacher or advisor needs to give you a reference. This is all submitted through an online form – no additional references, transcripts, or certificates are required or accepted.
  • Most people apply to Oxford before they have finished their final year of school or college. If this is the case for you, then your referee will need to provide you with predicted grades – where they say what they expect you to achieve in your A-levels, or equivalent qualifications.

2. Tests

For many courses, you need to take a test or tests as part of your application. You will need to register separately for any tests, by a set date in October, and can normally sit them in your school or college, or at a centre near your home.

  • · It is very important to make arrangements in good time, as your application may not be as competitive – or may not be considered at all – if you do not take any test or tests required for your course.
  • Admissions tutors have the results of all tests in time to make their shortlisting decisions in November, so candidates do not need to send their results separately.
  • Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) results are available to candidates on 25 November via the Results Online system. English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT) and Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) results are available online to candidates on 16 January.
  • Law National Admissions Test (LNAT) results are emailed to candidates in early February.

3.Written work

For many courses, you need to send in written work as part of your application. You should send something that you have produced as part of your normal school or college work, which has been marked by a teacher. They expect each piece of written work to be no more than 2,000 words, submitted with a written work cover sheet, to arrive by 10 November.

After you have submitted your application (and usually before the and of October), the college considering your application will get in touch to tell you how you should submit your written work. Most colleges will ask you to post your written work (unfolded), although some will accept it electronically. We can’t return written work, so do make sure to keep a copy.

You will need to complete a written work cover sheet for each piece of work that you submit.

What to send

  • You should send written work that demonstrates your analytical, reasoning, language and writing skills, as appropriate for your chosen degree course. It must be original school or college work, marked by a teacher, and not re-written or corrected in any way. It may be typed or handwritten – as long as it is legible – and photocopies are acceptable. Individual course pages give more information about the best type of work to send and how long it should be, but no course will accept work longer than 2,000 words.
  • If you are not sure what to send, or if you are concerned that you do not have suitable written work, you should contact the college that is considering your application.
  • Extended essays: Extended essays for the International Baccalaureate, Extended Projects, or other longer pieces of work which exceed the 2,000 word limit are not acceptable as submitted written work.
  • Language: All written work must be in English (except where required for Modern Languages). International students whose work is in a language other than English are asked to submit both the original work and their own translation into English.
  1. Interview

With so many excellent candidates for each place at Oxford, it just isn’t possible to interview everyone. Tutors review each application before deciding on a shortlist in late November or early December. Tutors then interview the shortlisted candidates, usually in early to mid December.

The interview plays a vital part in the selection procedure and Tutors will also consider:

  • any admissions tests or written work required for your course
  • your examination results and predicted grades
  • your personal statement
  • the academic reference

 You will receive an email or letter indicating whether or not you have been invited for interview. You may not receive this until a week before the interviews are due to take place.

Coming to Oxford: Interviews take place in December, after the end of term. Accommodation and meals will be provided free of charge by the college which has invited you. Although most students will have returned home for Christmas, each college makes sure that there are plenty of undergraduates around to help and advise you.

5. Decisions

Shortlisted candidates will be told whether or not their application has been successful on 11 January 2017.Tutors will make a decision based on:

  • your interview
  • any admissions tests or written work required for your course
  • your examination results and predicted grades
  • your personal statement
  • the academic reference

If you are made an offer, then it may be made by a particular college, or it may be ‘open’. If you are currently studying for qualifications, then the offer will probably be ‘conditional’ on you achieving certain results; otherwise it will be ‘unconditional’, which means that there are no academic conditions and your place is guaranteed so long as you complete all the necessary administrative steps.

  • Open offers: If you get an open offer, your place at Oxford is guaranteed (as long as you meet any conditions attached to the offer and complete the necessary administrative steps). However, the college you will go to has not yet been specified, and will not be decided until after your final examination results have been published.
  • Conditional offers:If you have not yet finished your final examinations, then you will be able to take up your place at Oxford only if you achieve certain grades. We usually ask for A*A*A – AAA, depending upon the course, at A-level, or equivalent qualifications.  The offer may specify that you need to achieve certain grades in particular subjects. For details of typical offers for your course, please see the Entrance Requirements tab on the relevant course page. Please note that any offer may also include a requirement for evidence of proficiency in the English language.

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