Oxbridge Entry Requirements
Oxford or Cambridge?
Tough entry requirements, famously difficult interview questions and standardised tests are all required to successfully apply to Oxbridge universities. Before applying, students must answer two basic questions about their future:
- What do you want to study?
- Where do you want to study it?
It is not possible to apply to both Oxford and Cambridge in the same admissions round, so choose one or the other. Some courses are offered at one of the university, but not the other. The deadline for applications is October 15.
Undergraduate Oxbridge Entry Requirements
While many UK universities may offer students a conditional offer based on specific skills, extra-curricular talent or previous experience, at Oxford and Cambridge it is your academic ability that is the sole interest of tutors and admissions officers.
- University of Oxford
Conditional offers at A-level range between A*A*A and AAA depending on the subject. Conditional offers for students applying to study Medicine are usually A*AA in three A-levels which must be completed in the same academic year.
Students of the International Baccalaureate are usually required to achieve a level of performance of 38–40 points, including core points, with 6s and 7s in the higher-level subjects.
- University of Cambridge
A typical conditional A-level offer for arts subjects and for Psychological and Behavioural Sciences for 2015 entry will be A*AA. A typical conditional A-level offer for science subjects (excluding Psychological and Behavioural Sciences) for 2015 entry will be A*A*A.
For students studying the International Baccalaureate, offers usually require scores between 40 and 41 points out of 45, with 776 in Higher Level subjects. Applicants may be required to achieve 7 in a particular subject, depending on individual circumstances.
Oxbridge Personal Statement
A great emphasis is placed on your personal statement at all UK universities, and Oxbridge is no different. Ensure you highlight your academic pedigree and what experience you have – both practical and theoretical – in the subject you are applying to. This personal statement will be used as a guide by admissions tutors during your interview, so ensure there is no stone left unturned and you can speak confidently about what is submitted.
The tutorial system is a particular advantage of Oxbridge, but is by no means suited to all potential students. Students at Oxford and Cambridge benefit from highly personalised teaching time with experts in their field. Oxford refers to these sessions as “tutorials” while Cambridge calls them “supervisions”. Oxford and Cambridge courses tend to be traditionally academic with formal assessment often entirely based on examinations.