Table of entrance requirements | University of Oxford

Table of entrance requirements

As well as the general entrance requirements for Oxford University courses, there are specific subject requirements for some courses. Please see the individual course pages for further details.

 Essential
Colleges will normally expect students to take the full A-level, or equivalent, in these subjects. See course pages for details
Recommended
It is highly desirable to study these subjects to full A-level, or equivalent
Helpful
A background in these subjects at either full A-level or AS-level (or equivalent) may be useful for some elements of the course
Archaeology and Anthropology  Combination of arts and science subjects
Biochemistry
(Molecular and Cellular)
Chemistry and another science or Mathematics Biology and Mathematics to at least AS-level (or equivalent)
Biological SciencesBiology or Human Biology Another science or Mathematics
Biomedical SciencesTwo from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics  
ChemistryChemistry and Mathematics Another science or Further Mathematics
Classical Archaeology
and Ancient History
  A classical language, Classical Civilisation, Ancient History
ClassicsLatin and/or Greek (for Course I only)  
Classics and EnglishLatin and/or Greek (for Course I only), English Literature or English Language and Literature  
Classics and Modern LanguagesLatin and/or Greek (for Course I only) and a modern language (depending
on course choice)
  
Classics with Oriental Studies Latin and/or Greek 
Computer ScienceMathematicsFurther Mathematics or a science 
Computer Science and Philosophy MathematicsFurther Mathematics or a science A subject involving essay writing
Earth Sciences (Geology)Mathematics, plus Chemistry or PhysicsChemistry or PhysicsBiology, Geology, Further Mathematics
Economics and Management Mathematics  
Engineering ScienceMathematics and PhysicsInclusion of Maths Mechanics modulesFurther Mathematics
English Language and Literature
English Literature or English Language and Literature A language, History
English and Modern LanguagesA modern language (depending on course choice) and English Literature, or English Language and Literature  
European and Middle Eastern LanguagesA modern language
(depending on course choice)
  
Fine Art Art 
Geography Geography 
History History 
History (Ancient and Modern) History

A classical language, Classical Civilisation, Ancient History

History and Economics History, Mathematics 
History and EnglishEnglish Literature or English Language and LiteratureHistory 
History and Modern LanguagesA modern language
(depending on course choice)
History 
History and Politics HistorySociology, Politics, Government and Politics
History of Art A subject involving essay-writing History of Art, Fine Art, History, English, a language
Human Sciences  Biology, Mathematics
Law (Jurisprudence)   
Law with Law Studies in EuropeA relevant modern language
(not required for European Law)
  
Materials ScienceMathematics and PhysicsChemistryFurther Mathematics, Design and Technology (Resistant Materials)
MathematicsMathematicsFurther Mathematics 
Mathematics and
Computer Science
MathematicsFurther Mathematics A science
Mathematics and PhilosophyMathematicsFurther Mathematics 
Mathematics and StatisticsMathematicsFurther Mathematics 
MedicineChemistry with either Mathematics or Biology or Physics  
Modern LanguagesOne or more modern languages
(depending on course choice)
  
Modern Languages and LinguisticsA modern language
(depending on course choice)
 English Language, Mathematics, a science or any other language
MusicMusicKeyboard ability to ABRSM Grade V or above 
Oriental Studies  A language
Philosophy and Modern LanguagesA modern language
(depending on course choice)
  
Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)  Mathematics, History
Philosophy and Theology  A subject involving essay writing
PhysicsPhysics and MathematicsInclusion of Maths Mechanics moduleFurther Mathematics
Physics and PhilosophyPhysics and MathematicsInclusion of Maths Mechanics moduleAn arts subject and Further Mathematics
Psychology (Experimental) One or more science subjects (including Psychology) or Mathematics 
Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics
 For Psychology: one or more science subjects (including Psychology) or MathematicsFor Linguistics: English Language, Mathematics, a science or any other language
Theology and Religion  A subject involving essay writing
Theology and Oriental Studies  A subject involving essay writing, a language