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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.

71% of students who applied in 2015 (the 2016 cycle) and 86% of offer holders applying with A-levels gained at least one A* grade. 71% of offers made to these students were based on A-level qualifications.

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

Qualifications Table 13a: A-level grades of students who applied in 2015  (the 2016 cycle).

2016

Applicants

Offers

Success Rate %

A*A*A* or above

2220

967

43.6%

A*A*A

2484

720

29.0%

A*AA

2688

604

22.5%

AAA

1447

225

15.5%

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

3307

293

8.9%

Total

12146

2809

23.1%

The data above is based on the best three A-levels (excluding General Studies) completed by candidates during 2015 and 2016.

Applicants with A-level grades below AAA may have achieved other qualifications before 2015.

Qualifications Table 13b: A-level grades of accepted students who applied in 2015 (the 2016 cycle).

Table 13b 2016 dataNumber%
A*A*A* or above94938.5%
A*A*A70428.5%
A*AA55922.7%
AAA1827.4%
Below AAA (inc. A*A*B etc)722.9%
Total2466100.0%

The data above is based on the best three A-levels (excluding General Studies) completed by candidates during 2015 and 2016.

Applicants with A-level grades below AAA may have achieved other qualifications before 2015.

Qualifications Table 14: Qualification on which offers were made to students who applied in 2015 (the 2016 cycle).

Type of qualificationOffersAcceptances
A-level26682325
International Baccalaureate271230
A-level/Pre-U combination148132
Unconditional10093
US APTs or SATs7443
Singaporean SIPCAL4234
Scottish (Advanced Highers or Highers)3331
Romanian Diploma de Bacaleaureat3127
German Abitur2727
Pre-U2423
Polish Matura2116
Australian ATAR/UAI1916
French Baccalaureate (inc International Option)1715
Bulgarian Diploma Za Sredno Obrazovanie1413
European Baccaleaureate1010
Italian Diploma66
Hong Kong DSE55
Overseas HE75
Irish Leaving Certificate5
Dutch VWO5
Indian School Certificate5
Hungarian Matura/Erettsegi
Swiss Matura/Maturitatszeugnis/Certificat de Matur
Czech Republic Matura
Canadian School Diploma (e.g. OSSD)
Austrian Matura/Reifeprungszeugnis
Swedish MVG
Other204186
Grand Total37513262
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