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The application deadline for undergraduate entry in 2021 is 15 October, 2020. View our application guide and our information on courses and colleges to find out how to get started. You can also view our official video guides on the University’s YouTube channel.

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Those looking to apply for graduate study, should please refer to the information for graduate applicants. If you are an offer holder, please go to the information for current students and offer holders.

FAQs for undergraduate applicants for study in the 2021/22 academic year

Will there be any change to your UCAS deadline?

No, the deadline for UCAS applications will be 6pm on 15 October as usual.

Will admissions tests still be going ahead and will there be any extension to the 15 October deadline for admissions test registration?

At the moment, we fully expect admissions tests to go ahead on schedule in schools and test centres. We appreciate that schools will be focused on catching up after so much disruption to normal delivery of teaching and learning so we are working to understand what support or flexibility we, and our partners at Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing, could offer.

The deadline for registering for Oxford admissions tests will be 6pm on 15 October as usual. Please note there is an earlier deadline for BMAT and LNAT. Candidates are advised to make arrangements to register and prepare for tests in good time. Full details of how to register are available here. Any new test centres need to register with CAAT by 30 September. See further information and the latest updates from Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing here.

Will shortlisted candidates be invited for interview in person in Oxford in December?

No, we are currently planning for interviews to be carried out online in December. Once we have more detail we will make further announcements and share information on our website and in our prospective applicant newsletter and teachers’ newsletter.

If you are considering an application now, all our advice for interview preparation is still valid and further information is available on our interview webpages.

The course I want to apply for asks for written work but I don’t think I’ll have any suitable marked written work because my school has been in lockdown. What should I do?

As in other years, if the course requires you to submit written work as part of your application and you are worried that you don’t have a suitable piece of work to submit, please contact the college you are applying to (or the college you are allocated to after you apply) to discuss what your options are.

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

As a result of developments with coronavirus (COVID-19), and in line with government guidance on social distancing, outreach events are not taking place as planned. This includes our University-wide Open Days. The content from our July virtual open days is now available for you to access online and our next live virtual open day will be on 18 September. If you are interested in attending, we recommend that you register for the September virtual open day. We remain strongly committed to providing opportunities for you to discover what it is like to study at Oxford and we would like to encourage you to sign up for our newsletter. 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.

My work experience or subject-related summer plans have been cancelled. 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 extra-curricular 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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