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Written work

For many courses, you need to send in written work as part of your application - check your course page. You should send something that you have produced as part of your normal school or college work, which has been marked by a teacher. We would expect each piece of written work to be no more than 2,000 words, submitted with a written work cover sheet, to arrive by 10 November.

After you have submitted your application (and usually before the end of October), the college considering your application will get in touch to tell you how you should submit your written work. Most colleges will ask you to post your written work (unfolded), although some will accept it electronically. We can't return written work, so do make sure to keep a copy.

You will need to complete a written work cover sheet for each piece of work that you submit.

What to send

You should send written work that demonstrates your analytical, reasoning, language and writing skills, as appropriate for your chosen degree course. It must be original school or college work, marked by a teacher, and not re-written or corrected in any way. It may be typed or handwritten – as long as it is legible – and photocopies are acceptable. Individual course pages give more information about the best type of work to send and how long it should be, but no course will accept work longer than 2,000 words.

If you are not sure what to send, or if you are concerned that you do not have suitable written work, you should contact the college that is considering your application.

Extended essays

Extended essays for the International Baccalaureate, Extended Projects, or other longer pieces of work which exceed the 2,000 word limit are not acceptable as submitted written work. However, you may like to submit an extract from an extended essay. Also, if you mention your essay in your personal statement, tutors may like to discuss this with you at interview if your application is shortlisted.


All written work must be in English (except where required for Modern Languages). International students whose work is in a language other than English are asked to submit both the original work and their own translation into English.


Is written work required?

Archaeology and AnthropologyYes. See Archaeology and Anthropology for details.
Biological SciencesNo
Biomedical SciencesNo
Classical Archaeology and Ancient HistoryYes. See Archaeology and Ancient History for details.
ClassicsYes. See Classics for details.
Classics and EnglishYes. See Classics and English for details.
Classics and Modern LanguagesYes. See Classics and Modern Languages for details.
Classics and Oriental StudiesYes. See Classics and Oriental Studies for details.
Computer ScienceNo
Computer Science and PhilosophyNo
Earth Sciences (Geology)No
Economics and Management (E&M)No
Engineering ScienceNo
English and Modern LanguagesYes. See English and Modern Languages for details.
English Language and LiteratureYes. See English Language and Literature for details.
European and Middle Eastern Languages (EMEL)Yes. See European and Middle Eastern Languages for details.
Fine ArtPortfolios must be delivered to the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in early November. See Fine Art for details of what to send and the Ruskin School of Art website for information on how to submit your portfolio.
HistoryYes. See History for details.
History (Ancient and Modern)Yes. See History (Ancient and Modern) for details.
History and EconomicsYes. See History and Economics for details.
History and EnglishYes. See History and English for details.
History and Modern LanguagesYes. See History and Modern Languages  for details.
History and PoliticsYes. See History and Politics for details.
History of ArtYes. See History of Art for details.
Human SciencesNo
Materials ScienceNo
Mathematics and Computer ScienceNo
Mathematics and PhilosophyNo
Mathematics and StatisticsNo
Medicine (six year course, A100)No
Medicine (accelerated four year course, A101)No
Modern LanguagesYes. See Modern Languages for details.
Modern Languages and LinguisticsYes. See Modern Languages and Linguistics for details.
MusicYes. See Music for details.
Oriental StudiesYes. See Oriental Studies for details.
Philosophy and Modern LanguagesYes. See Philosophy and Modern Languages for details.
Philosophy and TheologyYes. See Philosophy and Theology for details.
Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)No
Physics and PhilosophyNo
Psychology (Experimental)No
Psychology, Philosophy, and Linguistics (PPL)No
Theology and ReligionYes. See Theology and Religion for details.
Theology and Oriental StudiesYes. See Theology and Oriental Studies for details.
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