Conditional offers are made on the basis of final grades alone and not UMS scores. These offers for students studying A-levels will range between A*A*A and AAA depending on subject. Each course page will detail requirements necessary. Further information can also be found on the A* grades page.
Providing that any specific subject requirements have been met, all A-levels are approved for admissions purposes, with the exception of General Studies.
Oxford University does not require its candidates to disclose information on unit grades. However, where applicants, schools or colleges provide AS module results (grades or marks) within the UCAS application materials, this information will be considered by tutors as part of the overall record of the candidate’s academic attainment to date.
These recorded results may be used by admissions tutors as evidence of a candidate’s suitability to study at Oxford, although they will be not used in a mechanistic way to shortlist candidates for interview, or determine which candidates receive an offer.
It is therefore in the interests of candidates for schools and colleges to declare AS module marks or grades if they demonstrate a candidate is performing strongly.
Where it is the policy of a school or college not to certificate AS module results (or where the school no longer enters candidates for modules in year 12) this should be stated in the UCAS reference. If there is no statement then it will be assumed that it is the school or college policy to certificate AS qualifications in Year 12.
A-levels taken in or before Year 13
All courses at Oxford are academically rigorous. Tutors need to be convinced of your ability to manage an intense workload, so that you will be able to cope with the demands of studying here. If any student feels that studying three A-Levels (or equivalent qualifications) at the same time would be too much work for them, we would encourage them to consider whether an Oxford degree is really the best choice. Where there are specific requirements for any course – including any requirement for A-Levels to be taken together or at particular times – these will be clearly stated in the entrance requirements listed on the relevant course page.
Courses other than Medicine
The usual expectation is that candidates will complete the A-Levels specified in their applications within a two year period. Where a candidate completes a relevant A-Level before they apply, this will be taken into account.
Conditional offers for students applying to study Medicine are usually A*AA in three A-levels which must be completed in the same academic year.
Applicants for Medicine are very welcome to take one or more of their A-Levels early, and their grades will be taken into account along with all other aspects of their application. They will still need to study a further three A-Levels (or equivalent qualifications) in their final year at school or college in order to meet Oxford’s entrance requirements. Any conditional offer will be based upon these final three grades.