Admissions

The deadline for submitting applications to UCAS for entry in October 2020 or deferred entry in October 2021 is Tuesday 15th October 2019.

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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 do not normally make them part of a conditional offer. Full details of the standard offer made for each subject can be found on the University's Course Pages.

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 the aim to ensure that the right students are selected 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 environment for a student’s studies and social life. On the following pages, you will find information on the courses Wadham offers. This information is intended to be viewed as supplementary to that provided on the University's course pages.

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

Building Works

Undergraduate and Access Centre/ Student Accommodation

Wadham is over halfway through an extensive project 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 fully accessible Undergraduate Centre, due to be completed in summer 2020, will introduce a number of new student facilities to our undergraduate students, including an e-hub lounge, café space and an art studio.. 

For more details on the building work, please click here.

The 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 have been 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

Wadham College is now able to offer undergraduates accommodation in College-owned sites throughout their studies. Please click here to see 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 Interview Process Specimen tests Admissions statistics

Interviews

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.
  • performance in any written tests 
  • 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 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.

Offers

Interviewed applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application on Tuesday 14th January 2020, via UCAS. The College will also send a letter, which should be received on the same day.

Successful applicants will receive an offer conditional either on achieving certain grades in the qualifications they are due to complete or, if they are applying post-qualification, on providing original or certified copies of their qualification certificates to the College Admissions Office by 1st March.

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 selected deferred entry at the point of UCAS application, as it is unlikely that you will be granted a deferral if requested after having received a standard 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 will 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, essay writing, or problem solving. They will then meet with you to assess your work (either individually or with one or two other undergraduates) and advise on how best to organise your studies, which lectures to attend, which optional papers to choose, etc. 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 interests. In Oxford’s collegiate system you will have the advantage of belonging to a large university, with a vast of specialist teaching 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 achieving a shared goal. All students should therefore produce work of a standard appropriate to their particular level of study and attend all tutorials and classes fully prepared. This means readily participating in tutorials, as well as producing evidence of preparation and written work before scheduled tutorials and classes which tutors consider to be satisfactory in both quality and quantity. Normally admission to Wadham indicates that a student is considered to be 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 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 admissions@wadham.ox.ac.uk 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