What happens when I receive my results? | University of Oxford
family looking at info
Prospective student with parents
Credit: John Cairns

What happens when I receive my results?

This information is for students who are receiving their A-level results, IB results, Scottish Highers or results for other equivalent qualifications this year. Further guidance is available from UCAS.

Having received A-level Centre Assessed Grades last Friday, Oxford University is delighted to announce that more offer holders have now had their places at the University confirmed.

Given our long-standing concerns regarding the Ofqual algorithm, tutors and staff in colleges and the University worked exceptionally hard this month to support offer holders who were not awarded the grades they required. Additional places were prioritised for those from disadvantaged backgrounds who were disproportionately affected by the method used this year to award grades. Using all the information available, including from the University’s admissions process, careful review of each case had already resulted in offers being confirmed for over 300 students who missed their offer grades under the Ofqual algorithm.

We are now delighted to confirm places for approximately a further 120 students, all of whom have met the conditions of their offers through their Centre Assessed Grades. Our congratulations to them.

 Inevitably this means we face capacity constraints within some colleges and on some of our academic courses. Our primary concern must be to minimise any risk from Covid-19 to the health of our students, staff and wider Oxford community whilst also preserving the quality and personalised nature of our teaching. A consequence of the additional number of places confirmed is that we have needed to offer deferred entry in 2021 to some students.

 We recognise that some students who have received an offer of a place for 2020 may now have a reason for preferring to start their course in 2021. We encourage them to contact their college to express their interest in a deferred place. It may not be possible to accommodate all requests for deferrals but each case will be considered on its own merits and take into account the needs of the student and any capacity issues in the college or subject concerned. 

We warmly congratulate all our successful new students and look forward to welcoming a full and diverse cohort of students to Oxford this autumn, subject to public health conditions in force at that time.

Students holding conditional offers from Oxford University

A-level, Scottish Higher and IB offer holders

If your results meet all the conditions of your offer by 13 August, your place is assured and you will be able to see confirmation of your place on UCAS Track a few days later. Congratulations! Your college will be in touch shortly after this but in the meantime you can share your good news and join the celebrations on Twitter at #GoingtoOxford. If you haven't already, please read the important information about the arrangements for your first term which we are putting in place. You might also like to read our general guidance for new students so that you can be confident about coming here this autumn.  We want you to know that we have not only your education but your health and safety at the heart of these plans.


We are preparing to welcome more new undergraduates than usual in October 2020. For this reason, some students who have qualified as a result of their Centre Assessed Grades have had their places deferred to 2021. If you have a place for 2020 and now have a reason why it would be better for you to defer the start of your course to October 2021, we would encourage you to make contact with your college to discuss your circumstances with them. It may not be possible to accommodate all requests for deferrals but each case will be considered on its own merits and take into account the needs of the student and any capacity issues in the college or subject concerned.

Missed offer conditions

If you do not meet 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. If you find yourself in this situation and require further information or you feel we should be alerted to any exceptional circumstances you have experienced, please contact your college. We also recommend that you talk to your school or centre to discuss your options as soon as possible. You might find our FAQs on meeting conditions also helpful.

Appeals and remarks

It is not possible for candidates to request remarks or result enquiries for A-levels awarded in 2020. However, candidates and centres can appeal if they are not happy with the grades they have received. Further information and guidance is available on the Ofqual website, along with any changes to the criteria for appeals. Any offer holders who think they may wish to appeal should speak to their centre for advice. You should also let your college know as soon as possible if an appeal is being made on your behalf. 

Autumn series exams

It is not yet clear how the Government’s announcement that A-level results will not be based on the Ofqual algorithm but on teachers’ Centre Assessed Grades will affect the autumn series of exams. However, any students whose teacher-assessed or moderated grades do not enable them to meet the conditions of their offer and who choose to take examinations this autumn, or in June 2021, are welcome to reapply to us. You will need to reapply through UCAS by the 15 October 2020 deadline, and re-take any admissions test(s) required for the course you are applying to. Your application will be considered alongside others for 2021 entry, however, we will not consider the results of the exams you take in autumn or June 2021 as re-takes, so your application will not be disadvantaged by your summer results when admissions decisions are made.

Please note that applicants for Medicine would still need to achieve all the requirements of their conditional offer in a single examinations sitting, so you would need to retake all your qualifications and not just the one(s) in which you have missed your grade. Further information can be found on the Medicine admissions pages.

Conditional open offers  

An open offer is the same as any other offer, except that your college has not yet been confirmed. An open offer is always underwritten by one particular college: the college which told you about the offer. Once you have received your results, please check UCAS Track. If you have met the conditions of your offer, the first status update you should check for on UCAS Track is UF (unconditional firm). This means your place has been confirmed at Oxford. Congratulations!

What you need to do next:

  1. If UCAS Track still shows your underwriting college, then this college is offering your place and you should follow the process set out by UCAS to accept this.
  2. If UCAS Track shows a different college from the underwriting one, that usually means that it is this college which is now offering your place. The change in college shows up as a change on UCAS track and you will need to accept this

All international qualification offer holders

Whether or not you have met the conditions of your offer, please contact your college to let them know. They will advise you on what happens next. (See college contact details.)

Students not holding conditional offers from Oxford University

Oxford University does not participate in UCAS Clearing, Extra or Adjustment. There are no further places available at Oxford University for any courses starting this year.  We routinely make more offers than there are places available, to ensure that all places are filled.  Further information about places available at other institutions can be found on the UCAS website.

If you achieve top grades at A-level, or other equivalent academic qualifications which meet our admission requirements, you are welcome to apply for entry next year.  More information on how to apply can be found in the Applying to Oxford section of our website but please note the deadline for applications for entry next year is 15 October.  This is earlier than at most other universities. Please also remember that competition for places at Oxford is intense and even excellent results will unfortunately not guarantee you a place.  If you are holding an offer from another university, you may wish instead to pursue your studies there.

Was this page useful?*