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Qualifications

Most applicants for undergraduate courses at Oxford apply with A levels, but we accept a range of different 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 so even excellent grades will not guarantee you a place.

Offers for Oxford places are between A*A*A and AAA at A level, depending on the course. In some circumstances candidates who miss their conditional offer may be accepted if there are extenuating circumstances such as illness.

In 2015, 72% of applicants and 88% of offer holders applying with A levels gained at least one A* grade.

For a list of courses at Oxford with conditional offers of at least one A*, see: Oxford courses asking for at least one A* grade conditional entry.

Qualifications Table 13a: A level grades of applicants, 2015.

Best 3 A level grades achievedApplicantsOffersSuccess Rate %
A*A*A* or above214890542.1
A*A*A228966228.9
A*AA24702038.2
AAA121820316.7
Below AAA (incl A*A*B etc)31132317.4
TOTAL11238220419.6

The data above is based on the best three A levels (excluding General Studies) completed by candidates during 2014 and 2015.

Note that applicants with A level grades below AAA may have achieved additional Pre-U qualifications or A levels prior to 2014.

Qualifications Table 13b: A level grades of accepted candidates, 2015.

Best 3 A level grades achievedNo%
A*A*A* or above87438.6
A*A*A64428.5
A*AA51422.7
AAA1526.7
Below AAA (incl A*A*B etc)783.4
TOTAL2262100.0

The data above is based on the best three A levels (excluding General Studies) completed by candidates during 2014 and 2015.

Note that applicants with A level grades below AAA may have achieved additional Pre-U qualifications or A levels prior to 2014.

Qualifications Table 14: Qualification on which offers were made for 2015 cycle.































Type of qualificationOffersAcceptances
A level24382154
International Baccalaureate257214
A level/Pre-U combination119110
Scottish (Advanced Highers or Highers)3330
Singaporean SIPCAL5529
Pre-U2723
Romanian Diploma de Bacaleaureat2321
US APTs or SATs2215
French Baccalaureate (inc International Option)1715
Polish Matura1613
German Abitur1211
Italian Diploma99
Australian ATAR/UAI118
Irish Leaving Certificate88
Overseas HE97
Bulgarian Diploma Za Sredno Obrazovanie87
Hungarian Matura/Erettsegi77
Dutch VWO55
Other454411
Unconditional Offer131117
GRAND TOTAL36613214

The data above is based on qualifications for which 5 or more places were accepted.