University of Oxford Qualifications

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University of Oxford Qualifications

Many students who apply to Oxford are taking A-levels but any candidate who has already taken, or who is currently studying, any other equivalent qualifications is also most welcome to apply.

The information below outlines the general entrance requirements. In some subjects, particularly sciences, candidates are required to have studied certain subjects to at least A-level standard. If a candidate has studied an alternative course, tutors would require evidence that the course covers the same content as A-level to the appropriate standard. Please see the specific subject requirements on the individual course pages or in this summary table of subject requirements.

The selection criteria for all Oxford’s courses relate to your academic achievement and potential. Extra-curricular activities are only relevant if they help to demonstrate how you meet the selection criteria.

In many subjects, students are required to take an admissions test as part of their application. Such tests allow us to compare students using a single benchmark, irrespective of the students’ educational background. For information on these admissions tests please the individual course pages or


Access Courses

Age and Stage

BTEC Nationals


Extended Projects

Foundation Courses

Foundation Degrees


Higher National Diploma or Certificate (HND or HNC)

International Baccalaureate

International qualifications

Open University / YASS

Other qualifications


Professional qualifications

Scottish qualifications


Welsh qualifications

Vocational qualifications

If your qualification is not listed here, please contact us with further details, and we will be happy to advise you. It would be helpful if you could provide details about the nature of your qualifications, including the name of the awarding institution, and your intended course of study at Oxford.