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Most Popular Questions

Which IB Maths course do I need?

All Oxford courses that state that they require Mathematics will accept both courses at HL, apart from Chemistry, who will require applicants to have taken either of the courses at Higher Level, or the Analysis and Approaches course at SL, depending on what other subjects they are taking; please see the Chemistry course page for further information.

If courses state that they recommend Mathematics, either course will be acceptable. For a full list of the subjects required or recommended by our courses, please look here.

Do I have to book for open days?

There is a lot happening on our open days. Most events run on a drop-in basis but some colleges and departments run events that you need to book in advance. You can read about open days and also check our advice on planning your day.

What subjects should I take to A-level (or equivalent)?

Any specific subject requirements are listed on our individual course pages and in this summary table of entrance requirements.

Are my GCSEs good enough for Oxford?

GCSEs will be taken into account when we consider your application but they are just one aspect that we look at. Tutors will also consider your achieved or predicted grades at A-level (or other equivalent qualifications), your personal statement, academic reference, and any written work or written tests required for your course. If your application is shortlisted, your performance at interview will also be taken in to account. Further information about how we consider GCSEs in context is available on our UK qualifications page.

What grades do I need to make a competitive application to Oxford?

The exact subject requirements vary depending on the course you want to apply for. As a guide, you will need to achieve between AAA and A*A*A at A-level or an equivalent level qualification. Read our course pages to find out the specific requirements for each.

I can't attend open days; are there other opportunities to visits Oxford?

Other opportunities to attend events and find out more about studying at Oxford are listed in our events calendar. If you cannot attend any of these events you may wish to make an independent visit

Can I apply for entry in 2019?

UCAS applications and admissions test registrations for entry here in 2019 are now closed. Applications for entry in 2020 can be submitted from early September 2019.  See Applying to Oxford for comprehensive information and advice on how to put in a competitive application.

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