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Prospective undergraduates

Decisions on offers to begin studying an undergraduate course at Oxford in 2021 will be announced on 12 January. Congratulations to everyone who receives an offer. More details on offers can be found in the guide for applicants on the Undergraduate Admissions website.  

FAQs for undergraduate applicants and offer holders

I am holding an offer to begin my undergraduate course at Oxford in the 2021/22 academic year. Where can I find more information?

Over the coming months, the college which made your offer will be in contact with you. We will also keep in touch with all our offer holders via our regular newsletters. These will give you tips and insights into student life at Oxford and let you know how to prepare for the start of your course next October. If you can’t wait that long for more information, then have a look now at our Oxford Students website.

Will Oxford accept the grades which students with conditional offers receive this year?

If you receive an offer but have not yet completed all your current qualifications, it is likely that this offer will be conditional. Normally, meeting these conditions involves achieving certain examination results and where examinations are going ahead as planned, we expect these conditions to be met. In countries where the normal examinations have been cancelled for 2021, we will expect the conditions of your offer to be met by the alternative assessment put in place by examination boards and examination regulators. While details of the assessment system that will replace summer examinations are still being finalised in England and some other countries, Oxford remains committed to a fair and flexible admissions process which will aim to ensure no students are disadvantaged by the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular those from under-represented and less advantaged backgrounds. We are following government announcements closely and will provide more information as soon as we can. 

However, whatever changes occur, providing you meet all the conditions of your offer with us by the deadline stipulated by UCAS, your offer will be confirmed and you will be accepted by the University. This applies to all our offer holders, wherever you are currently studying in the world.

Do I have to pass the science practical component of any science A-levels I am taking in order to meet the conditions of my offer?

In normal circumstances, if you have taken any science A-levels, we would expect you to take and pass the practical component in addition to meeting any overall grade requirement. However, we are aware that students may not have had the chance to complete their practical tasks due to the pandemic. If this is the case, or you have other extenuating circumstances that mean you are not able to gain a pass grade for the endorsement, this requirement may be waived. As in other years, we will seek evidence of extenuating circumstances from your school. 

I am a private candidate* holding an offer to start studying in October. What are my options?

We realise that due to the situation with COVID-19, private candidates might be particularly concerned about the awarding of qualifications this year. We are waiting for guidance to be published by OfQual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) and encourage you to get in touch with your Examination Board(s) if you need further clarification at this time. We are monitoring OfQual's advice to private candidates and will publish any updates for offer holders or prospective applicants on this webpage as soon as we can. 

*Private candidates include those who may have been planning to sit exams at a school or college or other exam centre but who were being educated at home, by distance learning or studying independently. 

Applying to begin an undergraduate course in 2022

I am expecting to apply for undergraduate study starting in 2022/23 academic year. Where should I go for more information?

Offers for entry in 2022 will be made in January 2022. If you are planning to apply for a place to begin studying here next year, please note our UCAS deadline of 15 October, 2021 and read carefully the information on our Undergraduate Admissions website

I am thinking of applying to Oxford and want to attend an outreach event. Are these events still running?

As a result of developments with COVID-19, and in line with government guidance on social distancing, outreach events are currently taking place online rather than in-person. We remain strongly committed to providing opportunities for you to discover what it is like to study at Oxford and you can find out more about these via our outreach event calendar and from individual college and department websites.  In the meantime, please do everything you can to stay well and we hope to welcome you and your family on a visit to Oxford before too long.

I am unlikely to be able to arrange work or other subject-related experiences. Will this affect my application?

Tutors at Oxford are only interested in your academic ability and potential so in general there is no requirement for work experience or particular extracurricular activities. Please read our guide for applicants for more information about what makes a strong application. Extra reading or delving into your subject using the resources on our digital resource hub are great ways to demonstrate engagement with your subject which will support your application.

Candidates considering an application to study Medicine, may be interested in advice from the Medical Schools Council on relevant experience to study medicine during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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