It is essential to have A-level, or the equivalent, in Chemistry. The course also has significant maths and biology content, and some physics. The first-year course provides the necessary background in biology, physics and mathematics for those who have not studied these subjects beyond GCSE, however Biology and Mathematics to at least AS-level, Scottish Higher, Standard Level in the IB (Mathematical Methods, not Mathematical Studies) or any other equivalent can be helpful to students.
Typical conditional offers
There is no standard offer. Specific offers are decided by College Tutors on an individual basis and could be higher or lower than the typical offer. The following are typical offers recommended by the Department:
- Candidates studying A levels - A*AA, including chemistry and another science or mathematics, and with the A* in maths, physics, chemistry or biology, or a closely related subject;
- Candidates studying the IB - 39 points overall, including Core Points, with 7 in HL chemistry and 6 in two other relevant subjects;
- Candidates studying Scottish Highers – for those doing three AHs, AAB, including A in chemistry and A or B in another science or maths; for those doing two AHs and one H, AAA, including A in AH chemistry and A in another science or maths at AH or H level.
Candidates for whom English is not their native language need to meet the University’s English language requirements; if not met already, such requirements will form part of the conditional offer.
Biochemistry tutors do not necessarily require three A-levels (or the equivalent) to be sat together at the end of year 13. If a candidate has completed one or more A-levels in year 12 which are relevant to the biochemistry course (maths, physics, chemistry, biology or a closely related subject) then this may contribute to meeting an offer (e.g. achieving a grade A in year 12 may result in an offer that would have been A*AA becoming an offer of A*A). As with all offers, the specific offer received by a candidate who has completed one or more A-levels in year 12, and how far these A-levels count towards satisfying the typical requirements, is decided on an individual basis.
Biochemistry tutors welcome applications for deferred entry. There is no significant difference between offer rates to candidates seeking either immediate or deferred entry. After discussions with candidates, a number of deferred entry candidates may be offered an immediate place instead, or vice versa. Deferred entry candidates will not be made offers more demanding than candidates for immediate entry.
Applications outside the normal December admissions process
All applications must be made through UCAS in the normal way. Biochemistry tutors do not accept applications that are outside the normal, single gathered field.
Applications for transfers from other Universities
The Biochemistry Department does not accept students who wish to transfer to Oxford from any other university and start part way through the undergraduate course. Students currently studying at other universities who wish to follow the full undergraduate course are welcome to apply through UCAS in the normal way, and will be fully considered as part of the single gathered field to start the course at the beginning of the first year. Students at other universities are also welcome to apply as a visiting student to follow part of the undergraduate course (usually one to three terms), but not leading to an Oxford qualification.