Undergraduate admissions and outreach | University of Oxford

Circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic mean that there will be some changes to our admissions process this year, including interviews being organised remotely. If you have submitted an application by 15 October and are a current applicant, make sure you stay up to date by signing up to our newsletter and reading the Admissions News section to the right of this page. 

In line with Government guidance on social distancing, outreach events are not currently taking place as planned. This includes our University-wide Open Days which ran this year as virtual open days. We remain strongly committed to providing opportunities for you to discover what it is like to study at Oxford and in the meantime would encourage you to explore our website, including the Increasing Access section. Please do everything you can to stay well and we hope to welcome you and your family on a visit to Oxford before too long. 

Most Popular Questions 

Where can I find the latest advice about coronavirus?   

The most up-to-date information from the university can be found here

What subjects should I take to A-level (or equivalent) and what grades do I need?

The exact subject requirements vary depending on the course you want to apply for. As a guide, you will need to achieve between AAA and A*A*A at A-level or an equivalent level qualification. Read our course pages to find out the specific requirements for each. Any specific subject requirements are listed on our individual course pages and in this summary table of entrance requirements. 

Are my GCSEs good enough for Oxford?

GCSEs will be taken into account when we consider your application but they are just one aspect that we look at. Tutors will also consider your achieved or predicted grades at A-level (or other equivalent qualifications), your personal statement, academic reference, and any written work or written tests required for your course. If your application is shortlisted, your performance at interview will also be taken in to account. Further information about how we consider GCSEs in context is available on our UK qualifications page.

Am I eligible for a bursary?

If you are a UK or EU student from a lower-income household, beginning your course in 2020, you may be eligible to receive an annual non-repayable Oxford Bursary (up to £3,700) to help with living costs. The amount of bursary you get will depend on your household income. Further information can be found on the bursaries page of our website. 

When can I apply for a place for 2021?

You can submit your application through UCAS Apply from early September, but you can start work on your personal statement during the holidays. The deadline for submitting your application is 18.00, UK time, on 15 October. Don’t forget to also register to take the relevant admissions test!