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Written work

For many courses, you need to send in written work by 10 November as part of your application - please check your course page or see the table below. 

What to send

Please 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. We would expect each piece of written work to be no more than 2,000 words. You will need to complete a written work cover sheet for each piece of work that you submit.

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

Extended essays

Extended essays for the International Baccalaureate, Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), or other 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). If your work is in another language please submit both the original work and your own translation into English.

How to submit your written work

After you have submitted your UCAS application (and usually before the end of October), the college considering your application will get in touch to tell you how to submit your written work. It will need to be submitted directly to the college, with a written work cover sheet, to arrive by 10 November. For any further advice on written work, please contact the college.

We can't return written work, so make sure you keep a copy. If your application is shortlisted, we recommend that you reread your written work before your interview, as tutors may ask you about it. 

Course requirements

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 by 6pm (UK time) on Friday 3 November 2017.  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
Religion and Oriental StudiesYes. See Religion and Oriental Studies for details.
Theology and Religion Yes. See Theology and Religion for details.
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