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Shortlisted candidates will be told whether or not their application has been successful on 11 January 2017.

Tutors will make a decision based on:

  • your interview
  • any admissions tests or written work required for your course
  • your examination results and predicted grades
  • your personal statement
  • the academic reference

We receive many thousands of applications each year, and sadly many excellent candidates will not be offered places.

If you are made an offer, then it may be made by a particular college, or it may be 'open'. If you are currently studying for qualifications, then the offer will probably be 'conditional' on you achieving certain results; otherwise it will be 'unconditional', which means that there are no academic conditions and your place is guaranteed so long as you complete all the necessary administrative steps.

Open offers

If you get an open offer, your place at Oxford is guaranteed (as long as you meet any conditions attached to the offer and complete the necessary administrative steps). However, the college you will go to has not yet been specified, and will not be decided until after your final examination results have been published.

Conditional offers

If you have not yet finished your final examinations, then you will be able to take up your place at Oxford only if you achieve certain grades. We usually ask for A*A*A - AAA, depending upon the course, at A-level, or equivalent qualifications.  The offer may specify that you need to achieve certain grades in particular subjects. For details of typical offers for your course, please see the Entrance Requirements tab on the relevant course page. Please note that any offer may also include a requirement for evidence of proficiency in the English language

When you receive your exam results

For students holding a conditional offer from Oxford

If you have met all the conditions of your offer, congratulations! Your college will be in touch with you regarding the administrative steps necessary to confirm your place.

If you received an open offer and have met the conditions of that offer, please remember that you may still be placed at a different college from the one which underwrote your offer. You may not know which college this is until after the A-level results are confirmed in August.

If you have not met all the conditions of your offer (for example if you have not achieved the required grades) your college will make a final decision regarding your offer once all A-level results have been confirmed in August. Please contact your college if you require any further information.

For students not holding a conditional offer from Oxford

Oxford does not participate in UCAS Clearing, Extra or Adjustment. Further information about places available at other institutions can be found on the UCAS website at

If you have achieved top grades, you may wish to apply to Oxford University to start your studies next year. However, please remember that even excellent results will not guarantee you a place, and if you are holding an offer from another university, you may wish to focus on your studies there.