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Verifying qualifications

Employers, prospective employers, other educational institutions, funding bodies or recognised voluntary organisations may request information on a student's educational attainments. The University can answer these questions, with the student's permission.

Please note that this service is for third party requests only. Students should visit degree certificates to obtain proof of their own degree.

The Degree Conferrals team is unable to confirm receipt of verification requests, you will receive an automated reply once a request is submitted. 

We aim to process orders within 21 days. Please do not contact us regarding the status of your request unless your order is outstanding after this time. Contact within this time period may cause delays to your order.

Commercial Organisations (employers, prospective employers, recognised voluntary organisations or verification services):

Requests carry a service charge of £12 per search completed and must be made via the online shop.

After completing the transaction, and before the request can be fully processed, a 'Consent to disclosure' form or your own equivalent, signed by hand or via a verifiable secure-signature-creation device by the student in the last 12 months, must be emailed to the Degree Conferrals team with the email subject line as: 'Verification: [Your Online Store Order Number] [Student Name]' - for example, 'Verification: OXF364515 Sophie Wright'. Consent must be sent within 21 days in order to be processed. After this time a new order should be placed.

 The following information is required:

  • student surname
  • student forename
  • student maiden / former name
  • date of birth
  • programme of study (for example BA in History)
  • classification awarded
  • college
  • date study commenced (dd/mm/yyyy)
  • date study completed (dd/mm/yyyy)

Higher Education Institutions, Local Authorities, UK and Overseas Governmental Bodies:

Requests are free of charge and must be made by email to Degree Conferrals with the email subject line as: 'Verification: [your organisation name], [Student Name]' - for example, 'Verification: British Council, Sophie Wright'.  

Organisations must attach a 'Consent to disclosure' form or your own equivalent, signed by hand or via a verifiable secure-signature-creation device by the student in the last 12 months, and a scanned document on your business letterhead paper with direct contact details for the person making the request. 

The following information is required:

  • student surname
  • student forename
  • student maiden/former name
  • date of birth
  • programme of study (for example BA in History)
  • classification awarded
  • college
  • date study commenced (dd/mm/yyyy)
  • date study completed (dd/mm/yyyy)

Verifying qualifications awarded by the Department for Continuing Education

To verify qualifications awarded by the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, visit the online shop. Student consent must be sought, full details available on the online shop website. There will be a charge of £12 for this service.

The department can only verify awards made by the Continuing Education Board, these include Undergraduate Certificates, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas, Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas and a number of part-time Masters courses. Please check with the student in question whether they studied with the Department for Continuing Education before proceeding to the online shop.

Internship placements

Requests for academic references to verify the course details of a student due to undertake an internship placement should be directed to the Internship Office of the Careers Service.

BA (Hons) equivalency

The University does not award BA (Hons) qualifications, but considers candidates awarded a BA to have achieved honours status if they have been classified with a third class degree or higher.

Delegacy of Local Examinations

For enquiries relating to studies carried out at the former Delegacy of Local Examinations (UODLE), visit the Cambridge Assessment website.

The Oxford MA

In Oxford, the status of Master of Arts is a mark of seniority within the University which may be conferred 21 terms after matriculation. The Oxford MA allows students to reach a new status within the University and is not an upgrade of their BA or an additional qualification. It is awarded without further study and therefore has no subject or class.