Things you need to know

All Oxford undergraduates are members of their college’s Junior Common Room, or JCR. This is the term for the entirety of the undergraduate student body, as well as for the room(s) available for socialising, events and leisure time. The JCR has a Committee with representatives for student welfare and support. To find out more about the JCR, please visit their independent website.

For detailed information on applying to Oxford please refer to the University website: This website also has a useful section for Teachers offering information on Oxford and how to support students who may be considering applying.

Many students who apply to Oxford are taking A-levels but we are happy to consider applicants who are taking other equivalent qualifications. Details of the entrance requirements for Oxford, including a link to a table showing the equivalent entry requirements for students studying international qualifications, can be found on the University website.

All teaching at Oxford University is carried out in English (with the exception of some language-specific teaching) and it is essential that all students have sufficient fluency in written and spoken English to cope with their course from the start. Therefore, all non-native English-speaking applicants will also be required to satisfy one of the English language requirements laid down by the University.

Please check the entrance requirements carefully for your chosen course on the relevant course page of the University website . Beyond any subjects listed as required for admission, we would not wish to be prescriptive. You will want to choose those subjects that you enjoy most and will do best in. However, you may also want to consider which subjects will give you the best academic preparation for your chosen course at Oxford.

Yes, we are looking for the most academically able students regardless of age. The application process for mature students is the same as for other students. Please refer to the University website for further information for mature students.

We are not able to make an assessment of your application outside of the usual admissions process. You should first check your qualifications against the entrance requirements for your chosen course to check that they are sufficient for application. At Oxford, admissions decisions are made in December after consideration of all the application information available, including your achieved and predicted qualifications, your referee’s comments, your personal statement, the result of an aptitude test (where applicable), the quality of your written work submission (where applicable), and, if short-listed, your performance at interview. Application is very competitive and we will select only those candidates who have demonstrated the highest level of suitability, academic potential and enthusiasm for their subject. You may find it helpful to read the selection criteria for your subject.

Magdalen welcomes applications from people with disabilities. We would advise those candidates with specific needs to contact us before you submit your application. We may recommend that you arrange a visit to the college and the relevant department, to explore the facilities and discuss particular requirements.

We also recommend that you tell us as much as you can about your disability when you apply so that we can provide you with the appropriate advance information and discuss your needs for when you come for interview. The more the College and University know in advance, the better we can support you.

Don’t be put off. The University has a diverse body of students, from a range of backgrounds, who all share key qualities. If you are enthusiastic about your subject, academically able and self-motivated with a commitment to study, Oxford could be the university for you. You may find it reassuring to get in touch with our JCR undergraduate admissions representative (via, or please come and see us on an Open Day.

No. We believe in Access and use our resources vigorously to encourage applications from all quarters. We select students only on the basis of their academic merit and aptitude for their chosen subject, irrespective of educational or social background.

Whether we short-list you for interview depends on your achieved and predicted qualifications, the results of an aptitude test (where applicable), the quality of your written work submission (where applicable), your referee’s report, and your personal statement. Although you should be predicted to achieve, or have already achieved, at least grades AAA at A2 (or equivalent qualifications), or higher than that where particular subjects require one or more A* grades, such a prediction will not guarantee you an interview.

The interview is only one part of our selection process, but it is important because it is the time when you meet us and we meet you. Because of the nature of Oxford’s tutorial system, the interview is a good way of seeing whether you would benefit from it. So we may conduct part of the interview in a tutorial style to see how well you can respond to analytical questions. The interview also enables us to gauge your enthusiasm for your chosen subject, to assess your ability to think clearly about it, and to make sure that you understand what your intended course involves. You can find out more about the interview process and how to prepare for it by reading the information given on the University website at: