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, and to receive it 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 cover sheet for each piece of work that you submit, which you will be able to download from this page.
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 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 Anthropology||Yes. See Archaeology and Anthropology for details.|
|Classical Archaeology and Ancient History||Yes. See Archaeology and Ancient History for details.|
|Classics||Yes. See Classics for details.|
|Classics and English||Yes. See Classics and English for details.|
|Classics and Modern Languages||Yes. See Classics and Modern Languages for details.|
|Classics and Oriental Studies||Yes. See Classics and Oriental Studies for details.|
|Computer Science and Philosophy||No|
|Earth Sciences (Geology)||No|
|Economics and Management (E&M)||No|
|English and Modern Languages||Yes. See English and Modern Languages for details.|
|English Language and Literature||Yes. See English Language and Literature for details.|
|European and Middle Eastern Languages (EMEL)||Yes. See European and Middle Eastern Languages for details.|
|Fine Art||Portfolios 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.|
|History||Yes. See History for details.|
|History (Ancient and Modern)||Yes. See History (Ancient and Modern) for details.|
|History and Economics||Yes. See History and Economics for details.|
|History and English||Yes. See History and English for details.|
|History and Modern Languages||Yes. See History and Modern Languages for details.|
|History and Politics||Yes. See History and Politics for details.|
|History of Art||Yes. See History of Art for details.|
|Mathematics and Computer Science||No|
|Mathematics and Philosophy||No|
|Mathematics and Statistics||No|
|Medicine (six year course, A100)||No|
|Medicine (accelerated four year course, A101)||No|
|Modern Languages||Yes. See Modern Languages for details.|
|Modern Languages and Linguistics||Yes. See Modern Languages and Linguistics for details.|
|Music||Yes. See Music for details.|
|Oriental Studies||Yes. See Oriental Studies for details.|
|Philosophy and Modern Languages||Yes. See Philosophy and Modern Languages for details.|
|Philosophy and Theology||Yes. See Philosophy and Theology for details.|
|Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)||No|
|Physics and Philosophy||No|
|Psychology, Philosophy, and Linguistics (PPL)||No|
|Theology and Religion||Yes. See Theology and Religion for details.|
|Theology and Oriental Studies||Yes. See Theology and Oriental Studies for details.|