How to Apply

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Admissions at Oxford is based solely upon academic merit, and we welcome applications from those with high academic potential. The university publish clear and comprehensive advice for applicants which we have signposted to below. However, if you still have questions, you may like to have a look at these Frequently Asked Questions.

Brasenose admits around 110 undergraduates every year. Our applicants come from every kind of school, from across the UK, and many other countries right across the globe. Nobody should be deterred from applying by the myth that Oxford is socially elitist, or by claims that Brasenose is biased in favour of (or against) either independent or state schools. We fully realise that there will be wide differences of educational background among those seeking admission, and every effort is made by the Tutors in selecting their undergraduates to recognize potential as well as present achievement.

The College has a Schools Officer, Dr Joe Organ, and has an active programme of visits to UK schools as part of its policy of making itself known to the widest possible circle of applicants. Our current Undergraduates are actively involved in this outreach programme.

All applicants must complete and submit a UCAS form. If you are still at school, there are two routes into the College: pre and post ‘A' level (or equivalent qualifications). With both routes you may be asked to submit recent written work and/or to sit an admissions test before a shortlisting exercise occurs, followed by the interviews round.  All aspects of the application process are in line with wider University policy. Following the UCAS deadline, the college will write to all candidates with the instructions on how to submit written work for your application.

The purpose of the interview is to supplement the information provided by your UCAS form, and any written work and test results, and to help with the difficult task of choosing between excellent people. In interviews, Tutors are looking for passion and enthusiasm, signs of intellectual commitment, the ability to see more than one side of a problem and the capacity to assess and develop arguments. We try to keep the interviews as relaxed and informal as possible. 

On the results of any admissions tests, submitted written work, interviews, and your UCAS reference, we decide whether to offer a place. The standard conditional offer Oxford makes to all successful pre 'A' level candidates is AAA, A*AA, A*A*A (see here for more information). We do not, however, significantly ‘over offer' places and we expect most of those to whom we make offers to come into residence. Successful Post Qualification candidates are usually given an unconditional offer. Whichever sort of candidate you are, you should read the University admissions pages for more information about the admissions procedures.

The College welcomes applications from candidates who are taking equivalent examinations, such as the International Baccalaureate.

Read about the undergraduate courses we offer.


Applications for second Undergraduate Degrees and Senior Status

Prospective students may apply to study a second BA (bachelors) degree at Brasenose in any undergraduate programme offered by the college.  All applications should be made through UCAS and all candidates must complete the same application process as other candidates, including completion of any required aptitude tests. Candidates for a second BA degree may opt to be considered for Senior Status entry. Senior Status undergraduates are exempted from the First Public Examination and, therefore,  join a degree programme at the commencement of the second year. This category of student is sometimes referred to as a Senior Status Scholar. The term scholar, however, is titular only and there is no college scholarship funding available to support Senior Status students. Note that Senior Status entry is not possible for the following degree courses offered by Brasenose: Medicine, PPE and all Law combinations.   

Candidates wishing to study for a second undergraduate degree are assessed firstly on their suitability for the course of study and secondly on their suitability for Senior Status. The entry requirement is a first degree in an approved subject with at least an upper-second classification, and an exceptional record of academic attainment in the case of Senior Status entry.  

Further details on the admission of students to read for second degrees are available here.

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