The deadline for submitting applications to UCAS for entry in October 2019 or deferred entry in October 2020 has now passed.


Standard Offers

Our offers are guided by departmental norms, and are normally AAA at A-level (for most humanities and social sciences courses), A*AA or A*A*A (for most science courses).

Undergraduate Prospectus

These offers exclude A-levels in General Studies and, for some courses, Critical Thinking. While we recognise that study for Advanced Extension Awards can be a valuable experience, we would not normally make them part of a conditional offer. Full details of the standard offer made for each subject can be found in the Undergraduate Prospectus.

It is generally expected that candidates for admissions to the University will complete their A-level or equivalent qualifications within the standard two-year time frame, with the exception of those who take one or more school-leaving qualifications ahead of schedule (e.g. candidates who take Maths A-level a year early or alongside GCSEs), or of those who are adding a relevant subject (e.g. classical or modern languages) that they had not been able to take previously.

Choosing a College

In making an application you can choose whether or not to state a college preference - not all applicants have a preference, and in this case you can make an Open Application.

Courses at Wadham

Whilst the University ensures that any stated preference is taken into account, some candidates might find themselves reallocated to a different college during the selection process as part of its aim to ensure that it selects the right students irrespective of their choice of college. Whilst each college prides itself on its own unique heritage and ‘flavour’, and current students tend to promote the merits of their own college, we believe that such reallocation is in the interest of applicants, and that each college offers an excellent, if different, environment for a student’s studies and social life. You will find on the following pages information about the courses for which Wadham accepts students. This information is intended to be viewed as a supplement to that provided in the University's Undergraduate Prospectus.

The College accepts undergraduate applicants in almost all subjects, but NOT in Archaeology & Anthropology; Biomedical Sciences (except for Medicine); Computer Science; Earth Sciences; Fine Art; Geography; Materials Science; Music; Philosophy & Theology; Psychology, Philosophy & Linguistics (PPL); Theology & Religion; and Theology and Oriental Studies.

Building plans

Undergraduate and Access Centre/ Student Accommodation

Wadham has started work to create a state-of-the art Undergraduate Centre on its main site, including a new Junior Common Room (JCR), as well as an Aspiration Centre for access and outreach events such as summer schools and aspiration days.  The Undergraduate Centre will introduce a number of new student facilities into the building, including an e-hub lounge, café space and art studio, and all areas will be fully accessible. 

There will be a period of disruption during demolition which started in July 2018 and is due to continue until December 2018. For more details on the building work, please click here.

It is anticipated that new buildings will open in the autumn 2020.  The contractors have scheduled works to minimise disruption to College members as far as possible.  During this project, the well-equipped JCR and adjacent student facilities will be temporarily relocated to suitable alternative space on the main site.  The JCR will continue to provide comfy chairs, newspapers, a television, games machines, table football and pool table for students to enjoy.  

Students will continue to have access to several music practice facilities in the College, including a piano in our Ante Chapel and Hall balcony.  The Holywell Music Room, the oldest concert hall in Europe, is available for hire during the week and weekends for concerts and recitals.  

Accommodation site at Iffley Road

Building schedules permitting, we hope to offer undergraduates starting in 2018 and beyond, accommodation in College-owned sites throughout their studies. Please click here to follow the progress of our new accommodation site for second year undergraduates at Iffley Road. 

How we choose

Admissions decisions are based on entrance requirements and on subject-specific selection criteria, agreed by faculties and departments.

Entrance requirements Interview timetable & process Specimen tests Admissions statistics

Interviews for those candidates who have been shortlisted take place in December. Please be aware that not all candidates are invited for interview; the number of candidates shortlisted varies depending on the subject. For many courses at Oxford over 75% of our applicants are invited for interview, although some courses, including Medicine and Law, interview a smaller proportion of candidates. The dates for interviews in each subject are set far in advance and it is not normally possible for tutors to interview outside the specified dates.

The structure of interviews varies from subject to subject. They are not intended to expose gaps in applicants’ knowledge, but to give them the opportunity to show their abilities and interests, and to give tutors a chance to find out more about the individuals they are assessing. The interviewers try to create a friendly atmosphere and it is not necessary to dress formally (for example, to wear a suit). A short introduction to the interview process is available from the Oxford University website.

The Oxford University website provides links to specimen tests for all subjects that require candidates to take written tests.

Admissions decisions are based on entrance requirements and on subject-specific selection criteria, agreed by faculties and departments. Irrespective of which college you consider applying to, we recommend you look at the University webpages for your chosen subject to find out further details about its structure and how applications are assessed. In general the following are taken into account:

  • academic achievements: examination results already obtained and predicted performance in examinations to be taken at a future date.
  • requested written work (not all subjects require the submission of written work).
  • the personal statement on the UCAS form.
  • the school or college reference on the UCAS form
  • performance in any written tests 
  • performance at interview (for those applicants shortlisted to attend)

The University does not set any age requirements apart from for the undergraduate Medicine course, but applicants for all undergraduate courses will be expected to demonstrate an approach to the study of their subject which includes demonstrable skills of critical analysis, wide contextual knowledge and the ability to manage their own time without the external imposition of a full daily timetable.

We do not expect schools or colleges to offer extra help for Oxford applicants and our selection procedure is designed to minimize the effect of any extra tuition.

The focus of our assessment of applications is academic, with written work and test results (if required), interviews, A-level (or equivalent) predictions and references being some of the most important factors. Whilst we welcome students with a wide range of extra-curricular activities, our application process is designed to select students on their academic ability and potential.

Each application is judged on its merits. However, the process is competitive, and we would often like to accept far more students than we have places for. The number of applicants per place varies depending on the course, and details of admissions statistics in recent years are available on each course page on the University website.


Applicants will be notified as to whether they receive an offer in January.

English language requirements

Successful applicants will receive an offer conditional either on achieving certain grades in the qualifications they are yet to complete or, if they are applying post-qualification, on providing original or certified copies of their qualification certificates to the College Admissions Office. We may also ask applicants who do not have English as their first language to provide evidence of their proficiency in English, in line with the University’s English language requirements.

We accept applications for deferred entry, after a gap year, in the majority of subjects. However, you must state in your application that you are requesting deferred entry – it is very unlikely that you will be able to request a deferral having already received an offer.

Undergraduate Contract

After undergraduate offer-holders have met all the conditions of their offer, they will be asked to complete and return a copy of the college's student contract prior to beginning their course. A copy of the most recent version of the student contract can be found below:

Undergraduate teaching and the tutorial system

The Oxford tutorial system sets it apart from many other universities. The College is an academic society in which you study under the guidance of your College tutors.

Courses at Wadham

Undergraduate teaching at Oxford combines centrally organised lectures and seminars with weekly or twice-weekly tutorials or classes. If you are taking a science subject you also have laboratory sessions. The system of tutorials in College is a central part of undergraduate teaching at Oxford for all courses. Your tutor will set work, usually involving reading, writing an essay, or solving some problems. They will then meet with you to go through your work (either individually or with one or two other undergraduates) and will advise you on how to organise your studies, which lectures to attend, which optional papers to choose, and so on. Later on, as your work becomes more specialised, your tutor will arrange tutorials and classes with appropriate experts elsewhere in the University.

You will find that your tutor is understanding and approachable, someone who will encourage you to work hard and achieve your best by stimulating your interest. In Oxford’s collegiate system you will have the advantage of belonging to a large university, with a huge number of specialist teachers in different branches of science, the arts, and the humanities. At the same time you will have the opportunity to work in close contact with your College tutors, who will guide your studies and take a direct personal interest in your welfare and intellectual development.

Academic Progress

A conscientious commitment to academic work is expected throughout a student’s time here and is a condition of continued membership of the College.

Participation in an academic community, both at Wadham and at the University, is designed to enable students to fulfil their intellectual potential and, as such, students are admitted as active citizens who have both responsibilities and duties towards a shared goal. All students should therefore produce work of a standard appropriate to their particular level of academic ability and attend all tutorials and classes fully prepared. This means participating in tutorials to their full potential, as well as producing evidence of preparation and written work carried out before the tutorials and classes which their tutors consider to be completely satisfactory in both quality and quantity. Normally admission to Wadham indicates that a student is judged intellectually capable of securing a 2:1, or better, at the end of their course and, unless there are mitigating circumstances, this is the level of work to which all students should consistently aspire. For further information, please see the Wadham College Student Handbook.

Applicants with Disabilities

Wadham welcomes students with disabilities. We advise candidates who are considering making an application to contact the Academic Office on 01865 277545 or in advance to discuss your requirements. It is also often useful to visit the College to discuss any adjustments which we can make.

Further information

Visiting Wadham: Accessibility Guide

Undergraduate finance

Undergraduate accommodation