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International Qualifications

International 1In order to make a competitive application to Oxford, students need to have already 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: for example, students in any country in the world may be able to take A-levels, or qualifications from the American education system, to 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 not listed here, please contact us with further details, and we will be happy to advise you. It would be helpful if you could provide details about the nature of your qualifications, including the name of the awarding institution, and your intended course of study at Oxford.

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United Kingdom

A-levelsConditional 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 HighersAAAAB 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.
Welsh BaccalaureateAdvanced Diploma with A*A* to AA at A-level alongside the Core Certificate at Level 3.

Other qualifications

International BaccalaureateA total score of at least 38 points including core points, with 6s and 7s in subjects taken at the Higher level.
American education systemSAT Reasoning Test with at least 1,400 in Critical Reading and Mathematics and preferably 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.
European BaccalaureateAn average of 85% or above, with scores of between 8 and 9 in specified subjects.

European Union

Austria FlagAustriaReifeprüfungszeugnis/Maturazeugnis with scores of 1 (sehr gut) in the majority of subjects taken.
Belgium FlagBelgiumDiploma van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs, Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur or Abschlusszeugnis der Oberstufe des Sekundarunterrichts with an overall average score of at least 8. Scores of 9 may be required in particular subjects.
Bulgaria FlagBulgariaDiploma Za Sredno Obrazovanie with overall scores of 5.75.
Croatia FlagCroatiaMatura with the Maturalna Svjedodzba (matriculation certificate), with scores of 5
Cyprus FlagCyprusApolytirion with an average of 19 / 20 points and normally 2 or more A-levels at grade A.
Czech Republic FlagCzech RepublicMaturitni Zkouška / Maturita with scores of 1 (výborný) in the majority of subjects taken.
Denmark FlagDenmarkThe Danish Studentereksamen (STX, HHX or HTX) or HF with an overall average score of at least 11 (using the new 7 step grade scale). Specific marks may also be required in Level A subjects.
Estonia FlagEstoniaGümnaasiumi Lõputunnistus, including the Riigieksam with an overall average score of at least 90%, with scores of 5 in 5 individual subjects.
Finland FlagFinlandSuccessful completion of the Ylioppilastutkintotodistus/ Studentexamensbetyg with at least four subjects, where no individual subject score is below eximia cum laude approbatur (excellent) and at least two subjects are at laudatur (outstanding).
France FlagFranceFrench Baccalauréat or Option Internationale du Baccalauréat with an average score of at least 15.
Germany FlagGermanyAbitur with a total mark between 1.0 and 1.5 with scores of between 13 and 15 in individual subjects.
Greece FlagGreeceApolytirion with an average of 19 / 20 points and normally 2 or more A-levels at grade A.
Hungary FlagHungaryA 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 (e.g. Mathematics for Mathematics, Physics or Engineering degrees) the student would be expected to take the Higher (emelt szintu) examination in this subject.
Ireland FlagIrelandLeaving Certificate with a minimum of grades AAAABB at Higher / Honours level.
Italy FlagItalyDiploma Di Esame Di Stato with an overall score of at least 95% and may also require particular grades in specific subjects.
Latvia FlagLatviaThe Atestāts par vispārējo vidējo izglītību would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application, whatever grades have been achieved. This qualification would need to be supplemented by further study such as A Levels, the IB, or a year at a Latvian university.
Lithuania FlagLithuaniaBrandos Atestatas with an overall average of at least 9, with scores of at least 9 in the majority of subjects.
Luxembourg FlagLuxembourgA pass in the Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires with an overall score of at least 50.
Malta FlagMaltaAdvanced Matriculation with A grades in the A-Level subjects taken.
Netherlands FlagThe NetherlandsDiploma Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO) with a minimum of 8 in individual subjects.
Poland FlagPolandPolish Matura / Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci with 85-90% in all subjects with the relevant subjects taken at the higher (extended) level.
Portugal FlagPortugalDiploma de Ensino Secundário/Certificado with a score of 18 or higher.
Romania FlagRomaniaDiploma De Bacalaureat with an overall average of at least 8.
Slovakia FlagSlovakiaSlovakian Maturitńa Skúška/Maturita with v'yborn'y (excellent) in the majority of subjects.
Slovenia FlagSloveniaMatura with scores of 5 in the majority of subjects.
Spain FlagSpainAttainment of 9 out of 10 from the combined Bachillerato and PAU. Particular degree schemes will require that an applicant has studied the appropriate specialist area in their Bachillerato (e.g. science and technology specialism for degrees in sciences, mathematics, medical sciences or engineering).
Sweden FlagSwedenAvgangsbetyg with a total of at least 2500 points, with scores of MVG (excellent) or A or B in the majority of relevant subjects.

The rest of the world

Afghanistan FlagAfghanistan Baccalauria / Baccalaureate Certificate would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Albania FlagAlbania Certificate of Maturity / Secondary School Leaving Certificate would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Algeria FlagAlgeria School leaving qualifications would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Angola FlagAngola The Habilitação Literárias (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Antigua and Barbuda FlagAntigua and Barbuda Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) in Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, French, History, Literature in English, Mathematics, Physics, Spanish with grades of AAA
Argentina FlagArgentina School leaving qualifications would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Armenia FlagArmenia Himnakan Yndhanur Krtutyan Attestat (Certificate of Basic Education) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Australia FlagAustralia
    Offers are likely to be for successful completion of one of the following qualifications, with a position between 98.5 and 99.5 in the Australia Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR)

  • ACT Year 12 Certificate
  • Higher school certificate (HSC) from New South Wales
  • 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 in band 1.
Azerbaijan FlagAzerbaijan Secondary School Leaving Certificate would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Bahamas FlagsBahamas Bahamas Junior Certificate would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Bahrain FlagBahrain Tawjahiya (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Bangladesh FlagBangladesh School leaving qualifications would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Brazil FlagBrazil Certificado de Ensino Medio or University entrance examination (Vestibular, ENEM, PAS) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive applicatio (*please see note below)
Brunei FlagBrunei Brunei-Cambridge A-level with grades of AAA.
Cameroon FlagCameroon Cameroon Baccalauréat with at least 15 out of 20.

Canadian FlagCanada

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%.

Chile FlagChile Licencia de Educación Media would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
China FlagChina Senior High School Diploma, Chinese University Entrance Examination or 'GaoKao' would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Ecuador FlagEcuador Bachillerato would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Egypt FlagEgypt The Thanaweya A'ama (General Secondary School Certificate) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Ethiopia FlagEthiopia School leaving qualifications would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Faroe Islands FlagFaroe Islands Studentereksamen or Højere Forberedelseseksamen with an overall average score of at least 11.
Gambia FlagGambia West African Senior School Certificate Examination would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Ghana FlagGhana West African Senior School Certificate Examination would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Guatemala FlagGuatemala Bachillerato would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Hong Kong FlagHong 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 taking Mathematics, who would need a 5* in the compulsory Mathematics course and then a 5 in the Mathematics extended paper.) 

India FlagIndia 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 FlagIndonesia 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 (*please see note below)
Iran FlagIran National Entrance Exam (Kunkur) with a result of at least 80%, and the Pre-University Certificate (Peeshdaneshgahe) with scores of 18 or more.
Israel Flag Israel Bagrut with 90%, with at least three subjects at level 5.
Japan FlagJapan Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Jordan FlagJordan Tawjihi (General Secondary Education Certificate) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Kazakhstan FlagKazakhstan Attestat/Svidetel' stvo o Srednem Obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Kenya FlagKenya Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Kuwait FlagKuwait Shahadat-al-thanawia-al-a'ama (General Secondary School Certificate) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Liechtenstein FlagLiechtenstein Matura, with scores of 6 in the majority of subjects.
Malawi FlagMalawi Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Malaysia FlagMalaysia 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 (*please see note below)
Mauritius FlagMauritius Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate with AAA.
Mexico FlagMexico Bachillerato General would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Morocco FlagMorocco Baccalauréat with at least 18 out of 20.
Myanmar FlagMyanmar School leaving qualifications would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Namibia FlagNamibia Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate with grades of AAA.
New Zealand FlagNew Zealand University Entrance Certificate with National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA) at Level 3 endorsed with Excellence.
Nigeria FlagNigeria West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) or Senior School Certificate Education (SSCE) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Norway FlagNorway Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole (Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate) with grades of at least 5.0 in each subject.
Oman FlagOman Thanawiya Amma (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Pakistan FlagPakistan Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (HSSC) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Qatar FlagQatar Thanawaya Aa'ma Qatari (Qatar General Secondary Education Certificate) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Russia FlagRussian Federation Attestat o Srednam Obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Sierra Leone FlagSierra Leone School leaving qualifications would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Singapore FlagSingapore 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.
South Africa FlagSouth Africa South African Senior Certificate (with Matriculation endorsement) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below).
South Korea FlagSouth Korea Ilbankye Kodung Hakkyo (General High School Diploma) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Sri Lanka FlagSri Lanka The Sri Lanka Advanced Level with AAA.
Sudan FlagSudan Sudan School Certificate (SSC) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Switzerland FlagSwitzerland
  • 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 at least 5.0 in each subject.
Syria FlagSyria Al Shahada Al Thanawiya (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Taiwan FlagTaiwan Senior High School Leaving Certificate or the Senior High School Diploma would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Tanzania FlagTanzania Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate (COHSC) or East African Advanced Certificate of Education (EAACE) with AAA.
Thailand FlagThailand Mathayom Suksa 6 (M6) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application.
Tunisia FlagTunisia Baccalauréat with of at least 16 out of 20.
Turkey FlagTurkey 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.
UAE FlagUAE Tawjihiyya (General Secondary Education Certificate/GSEC) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application.
Uganda FlagUganda The Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) with AAA.
Ukraine flagUkraine
Atestat pro Povnu Zagal'nu Sersdniu Osvitu would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Uruguay FlagUruguay Titulo de Bachillerato Diversificado would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)

United States FlagUSA

SAT Reasoning Test with at least 1,400 in Critical Reading and Mathematics and preferably 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.
Uzbekistan FlagUzbekistan Attestat o srednem obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Venezuela FlagVenezuela Titulo de Bachiller would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Vietnam FlagVietnam Tot Nghiep Pho Thong Trung Hoc (Upper Secondary School Graduation Certificate) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Yemen FlagYemen Al Thanawiya (General Secondary Education Certificate) would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Zambia FlagZambia Zambia School Certificate would not be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application (*please see note below)
Zimbabwe FlagZimbabwe Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate (COHSC) or East African Advanced Certificate of Education (EAACE) with at least three A grades.

* If your qualification is listed above as being insufficient to make a competitive application to Oxford University then we would strongly recommend that you undertake further study if you wish to apply.  You might want to consider taking A-Levels, the International Baccalaureate (IB) or qualifications from the American education system, as shown at the top of this page. For further information about institutions offering these qualifications in your country, you may wish to contact your local British Council (www.britishcouncil.org) or the International Baccalaureate Organisation (www.ibo.org).

The first year of a Bachelors degree from another university could also be an acceptable alternative.