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International qualifications

If you want to apply to Oxford, you need to have achieved - or expect to obtain - one of the following qualifications with the grades shown, or another equivalent.

You may take any qualification from any country, as long as you meet the general entrance requirements.

There are also specific entrance requirements for some courses, particularly in the sciences. The qualifications below will only be sufficient alternatives to A-level where they cover the same content as the required A-levels, to the appropriate standard.

If your qualification is listed as being insufficient to make a competitive application to Oxford, then you will need to undertake further study if you wish to apply.

You could take British A-levels (the British Council may know where you can take A-levels in your country), the International Baccalaureate (IB), or any other qualifications listed as acceptable on this page. The first year of a bachelor's degree from another university could also be an acceptable alternative.

United Kingdom

A-level

Conditional offers for students studying A-levels range between A*A*A and AAA depending on the subject.

Pre-U   

Conditional offers are likely to vary between D2, D2, D3 and D3, D3, D3 depending on the subject. D2 is considered to be equivalent to an A* grade at A-level and D3 to an A grade.

Scottish Highers

AAAAB or AAAAA in Scottish Highers, usually supplemented by two or more Advanced Highers. Offers made to candidates on the basis of the Advanced Higher subjects are likely to be set at AA for two subjects, and AAB for three subjects.

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Other qualifications

International Baccalaureate

A total score of 38, 39 or 40 points (depending on the course) including core points. Specific scores may be required in subjects taken at the Higher level. Please see the individual course pages for details.

American education system   

SAT Reasoning Test with at least 1,400 in Critical Reading and Mathematics and also 700 or more in Writing, giving a combined score of at least 2,100
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.

A combination of APTs and SAT Subject Tests (or other equivalent qualifications) is also acceptable, if they are in different subjects.

Superscoring

Candidates are asked to enter all their scores for any tests taken when they complete their UCAS application, showing the relevant dates for each. This gives tutors a complete picture of the candidates’ academic record, rather than just the ‘superscore’ of best results for the different sections of any test taken on multiple occasions.

Candidates are also asked to include any pending test scores on the UCAS application: that is, details of any test they intend to take up until the end of Senior Year. Again, this is to give tutors a complete picture of the candidates’ academic record, including studies which are still in progress.

European Baccalaureate

An average of 85% or above, with scores of between 8 and 9 in specified subjects.

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Afghanistan

Baccalauria / Baccalaureate Certificate would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

Albania

Certificate of Maturity / Secondary School Leaving Certificate would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

Algeria

School leaving qualifications would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

Angola

The Habilitação Literárias (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

Anguilla

Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) with three subjects at the two-unit level, all at grade I. 

Antigua and Barbuda

Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) with three subjects at the two-unit level, all at grade I. 

Argentina

School leaving qualifications would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

Armenia

Himnakan Yndhanur Krtutyan Attestat (Certificate of Basic Education) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

Australia   

Offers are likely to be for a position between 98.5 and 99.5 (depending on the course) of a maximum 99.95 in the Australia Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) and successful completion of one of the following qualifications:

  • ACT Year 12 Certificate
  • New South Wales Higher School Certificate (HSC)
  • Northern Territory Certificate of Education (NTCE)
  • South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)
  • Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE)
  • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
  • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE)

OR

  • Senior Certificate from Queensland with an overall position (OP) in band 1.

Austria

Reifeprüfungszeugnis/Maturazeugnis with scores of 1 (sehr gut) in the majority of subjects taken.

Azerbaijan

Secondary School Leaving Certificate would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

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Bahamas

Bahamas Junior Certificate would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

Bahrain

Tawjahiya (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

Bangladesh

School leaving qualifications would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

Belgium

Diploma van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs, Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur or Abschlusszeugnis der Oberstufe des Sekundarunterrichts with an overall average score of 8. Scores of 9 may be required in particular subjects.

Belize

Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) with three subjects at the two-unit level, all at grade I. 

Bermuda

Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) with three subjects at the two-unit level, all at grade I. 

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Secondary School Leaving Diploma with scores of 5.

Brazil

Certificado de Ensino Medio or University entrance examination (Vestibular, ENEM, PAS) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

Brunei

Brunei-Cambridge A-level with grades of AAA.

Bulgaria

Diploma Za Sredno Obrazovanie with overall scores of 5.75. Subject specific scores up to 6 may also be required.

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Cameroon

Cameroon GCE A-level with grades of AAA.

Canada

We accept all Canadian Provincial Secondary School qualifications. A typical example would be the OSSD from Ontario where we would be looking for a minimum of 85%.

Cayman Islands

Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) with three subjects at the two-unit level, all at grade I. 

Chile

Licencia de Educación Media would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

China

Senior High School Diploma, Chinese University Entrance Examination or 'GaoKao' would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

Croatia

Matura with the Maturalna Svjedodzba (matriculation certificate), with scores of 5.

Cyprus

Apolytirion with an average of 19 out of 20 points and A*A* to AA at A-level, depending on the course.

Czech Republic

Maturitni Zkouška / Maturita with scores of 1 (výborný) in the majority of subjects taken.

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Denmark

The Danish Studentereksamen (STX, HHX or HTX) or HF with an overall average score of 11 (using the new 7 step grade scale). Scores of 12 may be required in relevant Level A subjects.

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Ecuador

Bachillerato would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

Egypt

The Thanaweya A'ama (General Secondary School Certificate) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

Estonia

Gümnaasiumi Iõputunnistus, including the Riigieksam with an overall average score of 90%, with scores of 5 in 5 relevant individual subjects.

Ethiopia

School leaving qualifications would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

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Faroe Islands

The Studentsprógv with an overall average score of 11 (using the new 7 step grade scale). Scores of 12 may be required in relevant Level A subjects.

Finland

Successful completion of the Ylioppilastutkintotodistus/ Studentexamensbetyg with four subjects, where no individual subject score is below eximia cum laude approbatur (excellent) and at least two subjects are at laudatur (outstanding).

France

French Baccalauréat or Option Internationale du Baccalauréat with an average score of 16 out of 20. Students applying for science subjects will be expected to have followed the science stream.

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Gambia

West African Senior School Certificate Examination would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

Germany

Abitur with a total mark between 1.0 and 1.5 with scores of between 13 and 15 in individual subjects.

Ghana

West African Senior School Certificate Examination would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

Greece

Apolytirion with an average of 19 out of 20 points and A*A* to AA at A-level, depending on the course.

Guatemala

Bachillerato would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

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Hong Kong   

Hong Kong Advanced Level Certificate, with grades of AAA

OR

Associate degrees from Hong Kong, with a result of 3.8 or better.

OR

HKDSE with grade 5s in three elective subjects.  (The exception is for candidates applying to study Mathematics, who would need 5* in the compulsory Mathematics course, 5 in the Mathematics extended paper, and another 5 in another subject.)

Hungary

A student taking the Erettsegi/Matura needs to take five subjects and achieve a score of five in at least four subjects. Where there is a required subject for the degree scheme (eg Mathematics for Mathematics, Physics or Engineering degrees) the student would be expected to take the Higher (emelt szintu) examination in this subject.

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Iceland

Stúdentspróf (from Gymnasium) with 9 on the 10 point scale.

India

Year XII qualification, studied with either the CBSE or ISC examination boards, with an achievement of 90% in each of the five subjects studied. Science subjects may also require that candidates take the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) entrance examinations as a pre-condition for entry.

Indonesia

Surat Tamat Sekolah Menengah Umum Tingkat Atas/STTB: SMA (Senior Secondary School Certificate of Completion) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

Iran

National Entrance Exam (Kunkur) with a result of 80%, and the Pre-University Certificate (Peeshdaneshgahe) with scores of 18 or more in relevant subjects.

Ireland

Leaving Certificate with a minimum of grades AAAAB1B1 at Higher / Honours level.

Israel

Bagrut with 90%, with at least three subjects at level 5.

Italy

Diploma Di Esame Di Stato with an overall score of 95% and may also require particular grades in specific subjects.

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Japan

Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

Jordan

Tawjihi (General Secondary Education Certificate) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

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Kazakhstan

Attestat/Svidetel' stvo o Srednem Obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

Kenya

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

Kosovo

Maturski ispit / Diploma o završenoj srednjoj školi (Secondary School Leaving Diploma) with an overall score of 5.

Kuwait

Shahadat-al-thanawia-al-a'ama (General Secondary School Certificate) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

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Latvia

The Atestāts par vispārējo vidējo izglītību would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application, whatever grades have been achieved (see note).

Liechtenstein

Matura, with scores of 6 in the majority of subjects.

Lithuania

Brandos Atestatas with an overall average of 9, with scores of 9 in the majority of 6 subjects taken, at least 3 of which must be assessed by state-level examinations from a Gymnasium or Secondary School.

Luxembourg

A pass in the Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires with an overall score of 50 out of 60.

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Macedonia

Maturski ispit / Diploma o završenoj srednjoj školi (Secondary School Leaving Diploma) with an overall score of 5.

Malawi

Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

Malaysia

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (Malaysian Higher School Certificate) with AAA.

Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM/Certificate of Education) or Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

Maldives

UCLES A-levels with AAA.

Malta

Advanced Matriculation with A grades in the A-level subjects taken.

Mauritius

Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate with AAA.

Mexico

Bachillerato General would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

Monaco

French Baccalauréat or Option Internationale du Baccalauréat with an average score of at least 16. Students applying for science subjects will be expected to have followed the science stream.

Montenegro

Maturski ispit / Diploma o završenoj srednjoj školi (Secondary School Leaving Diploma) with an overall score of 5.

Morocco 

The Moroccan Baccalauréat would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

Myanmar

School leaving qualifications would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

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Namibia

Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate with grades of AAA.

The Netherlands

Diploma Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO) with 8 out of 10 in individual subjects.

New Zealand

University Entrance Certificate with National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA) at Level 3 endorsed with Excellence.

Nigeria

West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) or Senior School Certificate Education (SSCE) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

Norway

Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole (Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate) with grades of 5.0 in each subject.

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Oman

Thanawiya Amma (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

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Pakistan

Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (HSSC) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

Poland

Polish Matura / Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci with 85% in all subjects with two relevant subjects taken at the higher (extended) level.

Portugal

Diploma de Ensino Secundário/Certificado with a score of 18 out of 20.

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Qatar

Thanawaya Aa'ma Qatari (Qatar General Secondary Education Certificate) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

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Romania

Diploma De Bacalaureat with an overall average of 9 out of 10.

Russian Federation

Attestat o Srednam Obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

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Serbia

Matura/Secondary School Leaving Diploma, with a score of 5 in the majority of subjects.

Sierra Leone

School leaving qualifications would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

Singapore

SIPCAL with three A grades at H2. Please note that because applicants following the Singaporean SIPCAL are educated and assessed in English they would not be required to take an English language proficiency test.

Slovakia

Slovakian Maturitńa Skúška/Maturita with v'yborn'y (excellent) in the majority of subjects.

Slovenia

Matura with scores of 5 in the majority of subjects.

South Africa

The South African Senior Certificate (with Matriculation endorsement) and IEB curriculum would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

South Korea

Ilbankye Kodung Hakkyo (General High School Diploma) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

Spain

Attainment of 9 out of 10 from the combined Bachillerato and PAU. Students applying for science subjects will be expected to have followed the science and technology specialism.

Sri Lanka

The Sri Lanka Advanced Level with AAA.

Sudan

Sudan School Certificate (SSC) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

Sweden

Avgangsbetyg with a total of 2500 points, with scores of MVG (excellent) or A or B in the majority of relevant subjects.

Switzerland 

  • Maturitätszeugnis (Federal Maturity Certificate)
  • Certificat De Maturité
  • Baccalauréat
  • Attestato Di Maturità
  • Eidgenössisch Anerkanntes Kantonales Maturitätszeugnis
  • Certificat De Maturité Cantonal Reconnu Par La Confédération
  • Attestato Di Maturità Cantonale Riconosciuto Dalla Confederazione
  • Cantonal Maturity Certificate

Any of the above qualifications, with grades of 5.0 in each subject.

Syria

Al Shahada Al Thanawiya (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

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Taiwan

Senior High School Leaving Certificate or the Senior High School Diploma would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

Tanzania

Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate (COHSC) or East African Advanced Certificate of Education (EAACE) with AAA.

Thailand

Mathayom Suksa 6 (M6) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application

Trinidad and Tobago

Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) with three subjects at the two-unit level, all at grade I. 

Tunisia

Baccalauréat with 16 out of 20.

Turkey

Anadolu Lisesi (Anatolian High School Diploma) with Grade Point Averages of 5.0.

Devlet Lise Diplomasi (State High School Diploma) or Lise Bitirme Diplomasi (Private High School Diploma) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application.

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UAE

Tawjihiyya (General Secondary Education Certificate/GSEC) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

Uganda

The Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) with AAA.

Ukraine

Atestat pro Povnu Zagal'nu Sersdniu Osvitu would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

Uruguay

Titulo de Bachillerato Diversificado would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

USA   

SAT Reasoning Test with at least 1,400 in Critical Reading and Mathematics and also 700 or more in Writing, giving a combined score of at least 2,100.
OR
ACT with a score of at least 32 out of 36.

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

A combination of APTs and SAT Subject Tests (or other equivalent qualifications) is also acceptable, if they are in different subjects.

Superscoring

Candidates are asked to enter all their scores for any tests taken when they complete their UCAS application, showing the relevant dates for each. This gives tutors a complete picture of the candidates’ academic record, rather than just the ‘superscore’ of best results for the different sections of any test taken on multiple occasions.

Candidates are also asked to include any pending test scores on the UCAS application: that is, details of any test they intend to take up until the end of Senior Year. Again, this is to give tutors a complete picture of the candidates’ academic record, including studies which are still in progress.

Uzbekistan

Attestat o srednem obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

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Venezuela

Titulo de Bachiller would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

Vietnam

Tot Nghiep Pho Thong Trung Hoc (Upper Secondary School Graduation Certificate) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

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Yemen

Al Thanawiya (General Secondary Education Certificate) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

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Zambia

Zambia School Certificate would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (see note).

Zimbabwe

Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate (COHSC) or East African Advanced Certificate of Education (EAACE) with three A grades.

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If your qualification is not listed here, please contact us and we will be happy to advise you. It would be helpful if you could provide further details about your qualifications, including the name of the awarding institution, and your intended course of study at Oxford.