Maths, Maths and Philosophy, Maths and Statistics
If you're taking Further Maths to A2 level:
- A*A*A with A* in Maths and Further Maths
If you're taking Further Maths to AS-level:
- A*AAa with A* in Maths and a in Further Maths
If you're not taking Further Maths:
- A*AA with A* in Maths A-level
Maths and Computer Science
- A*AA with A*A in Maths or Further Maths in either order (if Further Maths is taken).
- A*AA with A* in Maths (if Further Maths not taken).
How it feels to be made an offer
Note on Further Maths A-level
We generally expect students who have the opportunity to take Further Maths A-level to do so, although we understand that some students may only discover a love of mathematics in Year 12 and so only be able to take Further Maths to AS-level. We have some extension material for Single A-level Mathematicians, however we do strongly recommend that students intending to study Mathematics at the University of Oxford take Further Maths as a full A-level.
Full Maths A-level in Year 12
If your school schedules maths lessons such that you study a full Maths A-level in Year 12 and a full Further Maths A-level in Year 13, we will accept the grade obtained in the Maths A-level as part satisfying the offer (provided the grade achieved was an A*). A standard conditional offer in this case would be A*A (with A* in Further Maths).
39 including core points with 7,6,6 at Higher Level and a 7 in Higher Level Maths.
AAAAB or AAAAA in Scottish Highers and at least two Advanced Highers. We would expect Mathematics to be taken to Advanced Higher level, Applied Mathematics is useful but not essential. If both Mathematics and Applied Mathematics are taken we would require A grades in both. Otherwise, depending on the number of Advanced Highers taken, the offer will be AA or AAB with A in Mathematics.
Note: You do not have to have achieved these grades prior to applying.
Our offer requires grade 5 in at least 3 Advanced Placement Tests, with either Calculus AB or BC. Statistics, Physics (1 or 2), and Computer Science are other appropriate subjects to have, though they are not required. If you cannot or have not taken APTs, we also accept at least 700 in 3 SAT Subject Tests, including Mathematics Level 1 and 2 (although only one will count towards the 3) . You may also have a combination of SAT subject tests and APTs in the appropriate grades, provided they are in different subjects (because Maths Level 2 contains no calculus we consider Maths Level 2 and AP Calculus to be separate subjects).
In addition to either APTs or SAT Subject Tests we also require a score of at least 2100 in the SAT Reasoning Test, with at least 1400 in Critical Reasoning and Mathematics. Alternatively, you can achieve at least 32 out of 36 in the ACT.
Deferred entry applications in Mathematics, its Joint Schools, and Computer Science will be considered from applicants who have planned structured activities in their gap year; activities might include technical employment relevant to Mathematics, Statistics or Computer Science, teaching abroad or a gap year programme. If uncertain, applicants should raise any questions with the tutors at their chosen/allocated college; tutors may discuss details of the gap year during interviews. After discussion with the candidates, some deferred entry applicants may be offered an immediate place instead. There is no policy for making more demanding offers to candidates seeking a deferred offer. Tutors will typically set successful gap year applicants academic work to be completed during the year or the summer before their first term in Oxford.
A-levels taken early, UMS, and resits
We would generally discourage schools and students from sitting A-levels early (earlier than Year 12) unless the student is very confident of achieving top grades. When applying with existing A-level grades that are lower than our offer, candidates should be aware that their application will be less competitive as a result of this.
The University of Oxford does not require you to disclose UMS marks on your UCAS form. However, if the student or teacher wishes to include this information (perhaps due to exceptional achievement), tutors will consider this as part of the overall academic achievement of the student.
We would prefer not to see resits in exams. The primary method of assessment at the University of Oxford is by examination, and there are very limited opportunities for resits. However, if there are contextual or extenuating circumstances for dropped grades please let us know in the teachers' reference.