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Are you ready to submit your Oxbridge application?

The deadline for applying to Oxford and Cambridge is on the 15th of October. There can be quite a lot of work to do to prepare your application, depending on the undergraduate course that you’re applying to, so it pays to start as soon as possible.

What you’ll need

The application process differs slightly between the two universities, and the steps you have to take also depend upon the course you’re applying to. However, whatever you are applying to and wherever you are, you’ll have to submit your UCAS application form by the 15th of October. This application will include your personal statement, where you will talk about your interest in the subject you’re applying to. You can find guidance for writing your personal statement on the Oxford website. You’ll also need a reference from a teacher or advisor, and if you haven’t received your final grades yet, they will need to provide you with predicted grades. Beyond this, Oxford doesn’t require any transcripts or certificates, while Cambridge does – we’ll now talk about each university specifically.


The application may require further steps from you, depending on the course you apply for. Some courses (mostly humanities, music & languages) require you to submit written work, typically of no more than 2,000 words, which you produced during the course of your studies at school or college. For fine art, you’ll need to submit a portfolio. This work has to have been marked by a teacher. Your work, along with a cover sheet, has to arrive by the 10th of November. Most colleges will require you to post this to them, though a few will accept electronic submissions. Find out more here.

You may also be required to take one or more tests as part of your application. For most courses, the registration deadline is the 15th of October and the tests will take place on the 2nd of November. Find out more, and which courses require tests, by visiting this page.


After you’ve submitted your UCAS application, you’ll receive an email requesting that you complete a Supplementary Application Questionnaire. You must submit this by the deadline set in order for your application to Cambridge to be considered, and the deadline for this is usually the 22nd of October. Unlike Oxford, you may also be required to submit an academic transcript, detailing the courses you have studied and your grades, from your school or university. All overseas students are also expected to complete a written admissions test, either before or during the interview. The pre-interview tests are taken on the 2nd of November in the UK. Applicants taking this overseas will have to check the Admissions Testing Service website to find out when this takes place in their region.

For each stage of your application, make sure you double check the specific deadlines and requirements for your chosen university, course and your country of residence.

We wish every Oxbridge applicant the best of luck! If you’re a former Varsity student and you successfully apply to Oxford or Cambridge, we would love to hear from you. You can post on our Facebook pageTweet at us, or tag us on Instagram.