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Qualifications

Most applicants for undergraduate courses at Oxford apply with A-levels, but we accept a range of qualifications. See entrance requirements and international qualifications.

If you are predicted top grades at A-level (excluding General Studies), or equivalent, you may be able to make a competitive application to Oxford. However Oxford only has around 3,200 places each year so even excellent grades will not guarantee you an offer.

Offers for Oxford places are between A*A*A and AAA at A-level, depending on the course. (See course pages.)

69% of students who applied in 2016 (the 2017 UCAS cycle) and 85% of offer holders applying with A-levels gained at least one A* grade. 68% of offers made were based on A-level qualifications.

See a list of Oxford courses with conditional offers including at least one A*.

A-level grades of students who applied in 2016 during the 2017 UCAS cycle.

2017

Applicants

Offers

Success Rate %

A*A*A* or above

2433

1014

41.7%

A*A*A

2390

612

25.6%

A*AA

2473

499

20.2%

AAA

1280

217

17.0%

Below AAA (inc. A*A*B etc)

3927

345

8.8%

Total

12503

2687

21.5%

The data above is based on the best three A-levels (excluding General Studies) completed by candidates during 2016 and 2017.

Applicants with A-level grades below AAA may have achieved other qualifications before 2016.

A-level grades of accepted students who applied in 2016 during the 2017 UCAS cycle.

2017Number%
A*A*A* or above99042.7%
A*A*A59225.5%
A*AA45619.7%
AAA1637.0%
Below AAA (inc. A*A*B etc)1175.0%
Total2318100%

The data above is based on the best three A-levels (excluding General Studies) completed by candidates during 2016 and 2017.

Applicants with A-level grades below AAA may have achieved other qualifications before 2016.

Qualification on which offers were made to students who applied in 2016 during the 2017 UCAS cycle.

Type of qualificationOffersFinal acceptances
A-level26392269
International Baccalaureate337301
A-level/Pre-U combination221202
US APTs or SATs10585
Singaporean SIPCAL6554
Pre-U4342
Romanian Diploma de Bacaleaureat3935
Scottish (Advanced Highers or Highers)3534
German Abitur2725
Higher Education (Degree, Masters etc)2624
French Baccalaureate (inc International Option)2521
Indian School Certificate1410
Polish Matura1210
Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design)1210
Australian ATAR/UAI1110
A-level Other Combination97
Bulgarian Diploma Za Sredno Obrazovanie98
Canadian School Diploma (eg OSSD)98
Hong Kong DSE8
LMH Foundation Year8
Serbian Matura8
Hungarian Matura/Erettsegi
Irish Leaving Certificate
Austrian Matura/Reifeprüfungszeugnis
Italian Diploma
Other qualification (<5 offers)46 39 
Total37713270

Final acceptances refer to applicants who have completed the admissions process with a firm acceptance of a confirmed offer with no further conditions outstanding and would be anticipated to enrol at the relevant point of entry.

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