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Theology and Permanent Private Halls

Oxford University seeks to attract the best and brightest students, no matter where they are from. Therefore, to maximise the changes that the most academically able students gain places, the University ensures that an application is considered wherever possible beyond the College of first choice (or allocation, in the case of open applicants). Some applications will be reallocated to another College before interview; in other instances, shortlisted applicants will be assigned to additional Colleges for second or third interviews. Successful applicants receive only one offer, which can be from any College offering the course.

This survey has been sent to you because you have applied for a course involving Theology (Theology and Religion, Philosophy and Theology or Theology and Oriental Studies) and you will be a mature student when you start the course.

In addition to the Oxford Colleges, the course you have applied for is offered by a number of Permanent Private Halls (PPHs) which only accept mature students:

  • Blackfriars: Theology and Religion, Philosophy and Theology, Theology and Oriental Studies
  • St Stephen's House: Theology and Religion, Philosophy and Theology
  • Wycliffe Hall: Theology and Religion, Philosophy and Theology

PPHs are very similar to Colleges except that they tend to be smaller, and were founded by particular Christian denominations. They offer fewer courses than most Colleges. Students at PPHs are members of the University just like students at Colleges, and have access to exactly the same University facilities and activities.

The size of the PPHs is one of the distinctive elements of the environment where you would, if accepted, live and study. The size of the community means that students quickly integrate and get to know the tutors and other members of their Hall.

You can read more about the PPHs here:

Permanent Private Halls

If you are happy for your application to be considered by any College or Permanent Private Hall offering your course, you can close this survey. This is the default position.

However, the smaller, unique nature of the Permanent Private Halls is not suited to every applicant. If you wish, you may elect not to be considered by one, or all, of these three PPHs only accepting mature students. Your application will not be considered at any stage by any PPH you select. All Colleges, plus any other PPHs that offer the course, may still consider your application. It is not possible to opt out of consideration by individual Colleges or by the PPHs which accept students of any age.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact our Enquiries Team on study@ox.ac.uk or +44 (0)1865 288000. Please also feel free to contact Blackfriars, St Stephen's House or Wycliffe Hall directly if you would like to know more about studying at these PPHs.

Please complete the questions below if you wish to opt out of consideration by one or more of these three Permanent Private Halls. The deadline is Friday 4 November 2016. If you do not wish to opt out, please close the survey.

Your UCAS Personal ID (a ten-digit number)
Please select which PPHs you would NOT like to consider your application (select all that apply).