Application Process

How to apply 

The Oxford University admissions website explains how to apply to study here. 

When completing your UCAS application, use the institution code O33 to select Oxford University, and the course code for your chosen degree course. The campus code for New College is G. It is essential that you submit your UCAS application by October 15th, 2015.

Read this information about Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) for both new and continuing students. 

Tests and Written work

Many subjects require candidates to take tests and/or submit written work as a part of their application procedure. Please make sure you check the application procedure for the course for which you are applying (e.g. History & Economics, rather than just History.)

The University provide an extensive list of what written work is required for each subject. Please send all written work and signed coversheets as pdf scans, by email, to If you cannot submit written work by email, it should be posted to the Admissions Office at New College. The deadline for submission of written work is November 10th 2015. However, if you are applying for Fine Art, you will need to submit a portfolio directly to The Ruskin School of Art by no later than November 6th 2015. 

Details of tests, including specimen papers where available, are also published on the University website. It is essential that candidates register for tests by 5pm on October 15th 2015, except for those sitting the LNAT, who will need to register by October 5th 2015. Except for the LNAT, all tests will take place on November 4th 2015.


If you are shortlisted, you’ll be invited to interviews, either at New College or at another college, in early December.

During the interview period you will have the chance to meet and talk to students who are on the course for which you are applying. Interviews are conducted by tutors, and there is a good chance that you will meet tutors who could be teaching you if you are successful.

Be aware that interviews are entirely academic. Tutors are interested in what kind of person you are, in particular your approach to learning and work, and in your motivations for applying to Oxford, but they will approach these through the medium of setting you difficult problems from your field of study. You should expect that interview problems will be new to you, and take you beyond your work for school qualifications.

The important thing is to listen carefully to the question you are asked and do your best to grapple with the problem, without getting worried about the fact that you don't know the answer. Quite often, there isn't 'an answer', or if there is, it will be an unexpected one. Remember that a University education at Oxford is given to you by people who are engaged in advanced research, where the 'answers' are always surprising!

Please see 'Interviews at Oxford' on the University website, where you can also download the Interviews Guide.

What are Tutors looking for?

Oxford degree courses are based on intensive work during the relatively short terms. Students will be attending a number of lectures, classes, workshops and tutorials each week, and there is an emphasis on independent research and study.

Candidates need to achieve the highest results in their school education, and beyond this you need a demonstrable ability to work accurately and quickly under pressure, to think critically and independently, using both imagination and logic, to focus on tasks set, and, above all, to have a real passion for your field of study.

We are looking for students with these capabilities, regardless of their background.


Feedback will generally be provided from January onwards, by letter or email, to candidates or their referees only, on request, within twenty working days of receipt of the request. We will not normally provide feedback where the request is made after 30 April.