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Choral award application form 2025/26 entry

The choral award application form is now closed. 

Please note that candidates cannot apply for admission to both Oxford and Cambridge. If you apply for a choral award at Oxford you cannot also make an application to Cambridge.

Please note that a choral scholarship can be held only at the college where one holds an academic place.

The choral award application form consists of two sections: your personal details, followed by your college preferences. In addition to submitting this form, you must also submit one reference.

Please read the introductory information carefully before completing the form.

The form requires a lot of mandatory information, and you will not be able to edit these details once you have submitted them. We advise you, therefore, to save your entry elsewhere (e.g. in a Word document), and to check the information you have entered carefully before clicking Submit.

Please do not use bullet points or the '-' (hyphen) symbol as a bullet point in your statement, as this may truncate the text which is submitted.

If you have queries about completing this form, please contact us by email (admissions.operations@admin.ox.ac.uk) before submitting.

Personal details

Please complete all your personal details. Please ensure in particular that your contact details are entered carefully.

College preferences

The second section of the application form allows you to nominate up to ten preferences of college/year of entry.

This grid shows which colleges are offering choral awards for 2025 and 2026 entry, and for which particular voices (if applicable). 

Key: S=Soprano, A=Alto, T=Tenor, B=Bass

College

2025

2026

Brasenose12S, 2A, 2T, 2B2S, 2A, 2T, 2B

Christ Church

1A, 2T, 1B1A, 2T, 1B
Exeter8 in total8 in total
Harris Manchester14 in total4 in total
Keble8 in total8 in total
Magdalen
2A, 2T, 1B2A, 2T, 3B
Merton8 in total8 in total
New College
1A, 2T, 1B1A, 2B
Oriel6 in total6 in total
Pembroke2S, 2A, 2T, 2B2S, 2A, 2T, 2B
The Queen's College8 in total8 in total
St Edmund Hall1

8 in total

8 in total
St Peter's8 in total8 in total
Somerville8 in total8 in total
University College6 in total6 in total
Worcester12 in total12 in total

1 Brasenose and St Edmund Hall do not accept candidates to read Music. Awards at Harris Manchester are available only to those over the age of 21 at the start of their course.

You may like to print this grid to plan your order of preferences.

You should first check that the college preferences you are naming all offer the subject you intend to study. You can find which colleges offer your proposed course here.

Use the drop-down boxes to show, in order, the colleges and years of entry for which you wish to be considered. You may only choose each option once. If you wish, you can jump back and forth between 2025 and 2026 entry.

You can state as many preferences (up to ten) as you wish, but you are advised to select at least three, in case your college of first preference is particularly oversubscribed. Once you have selected all your preferences, leave the remaining boxes to state 'No further preference'. You can also indicate if you are willing to be considered by other colleges beyond your list of preferences.

Supporting material

Reference

In addition to completing this online application form, your application must be supported by a report on your abilities as a singer, completed in confidence. This report may be from (for example) your director of music, choir director, or singing teacher. The report may be from one such person, but incorporate material from one or more other suitably qualified people.

It is your responsibility to ensure that the person writing the reference knows the arrangements and deadline for submission of the reference. We do not require an academic reference at this point: this is only required in connection with your UCAS application to Oxford.

Your referee can submit the reference by email: as an attachment, in either doc or pdf format, to the admissions officer at your first-choice college of preference. We encourage you to submit by email, but the reference can if necessary be posted. Email and postal addresses for colleges can be found on the college pages.

Please ensure that emails and attachment file names clearly indicate your name.

The deadline for completing this form is 1 September 2024.

The deadline for receipt of the reference is 15 September 2024.

When you submit the application form, you will be taken to a page outlining the next steps of the choral award selection process. Please note that you will not receive an immediate automatic acknowledgement of receipt by email. We will email you within a few days of the deadline (at the latest), once we have processed all applications received on time.

You should monitor your inbox and spam folders to ensure that you do not miss correspondence from us in early September, but please do not worry if you have not heard from us before then.