How to apply for Classics courses
An online UCAS form must be submitted by October
15th. On this you either name a college of first choice, or submit an open
application, which means that you will be allocated a college of first choice.
Tutors do not distinguish in any way between those who chose a college and
those who submitted an open application. We try to make sure that the deserving
candidates find a place. Do not agonise over which colleges are going to have
big entries and which small - this is unpredictable from year to year.
The Faculty has published its
criteria for admissions:
all the classical degrees, you will be asked to submit two pieces of written
work in English, marked by your teachers, by mid-November, usually normal school work done as part of your course. You should keep a copy, since you may well be asked about this work in the
course of the interview procedure. Do get in touch with a Classics tutor at
your first choice college or, if you are making an open application, with the
Faculty’s Admissions Co-ordinator if you forsee any problems about your written work.
Candidates should normally submit two pieces of work of up to 2000 words in length. Where there is no suitable alternative, pieces of work longer than 2,000 words will be acceptable, providing that a selection of c. 2,000 words is clearly indicated as the part on which you wish to be judged. You should, however, consult a Classics tutor at your first choice
college or, if you are making an open application, the Faculty’s Admissions
Co-ordinator before submitting a piece of written work in excess of 2000 words.
The pieces of work should
preferably not be short, timed essays, translations, or exercises answering
questions on a short passage of text.
You are requested to scan all of your written work (including the official coversheet, signed by the teacher) into a multi-page pdf file (one pdf for each piece of written work submitted) and send it by email to colleges’ admissions offices, as well as sending the (original) hard copies of the work.
Unless you are applying
for Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, you will be required to sit the
Classics Admissions Test (CAT). The CAT is divided into three papers, all in
the same booklet: the Latin Translation Test, the Greek Translation Test and
the Classics Language Aptitude Test (CLAT). Applicants are required to take
one, two, or three of these papers, depending upon the course applied for. Each
paper is 1 hour.
The papers which make up the CAT are designed to assess
linguistic ability. If you are studying Latin or Greek or both to A-level or
equivalent (and are therefore applying for Course I) you should take the
paper(s) in the language(s) you are studying. If you are studying neither Latin
nor Greek to A-level or equivalent (and are applying for Course II) you must
take the Classics Language Aptitude Test paper. If you are applying for
Classics and Oriental Studies, intending to study Arabic, Turkish, Hebrew, or
Persian, you must take the Classics Language Aptitude Test paper in addition
to any other paper required (if applicable).
Applicants for Classics and English must also
take the English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT), and applicants for Classics
and Modern Languages must also take the Modern Languages Admissions Test (MLAT)
in the relevant language.
All candidates will need to register for the CAT, which will
be administered by the Admissions Testing Service. The deadline for registration
is 15th October 2016, 18:00 BST. The tests will be sat in schools, colleges and
designated test centres. These tests will take place on 2nd November 2016.
Examples of written tests can be found on the links to the right.
If you are invited for interview,
you will come to Oxford
for a few days in early December and stay in your first-choice college. Because
we try to find places for as many good candidates as possible, you may well
find that you are called for interview by several colleges while in Oxford in December. In the
interviews tutors will be trying to bring out your merits, not to trip you up.
They are, above all, looking for potential and an enquiring mind.
If you are successful at this
stage, you will receive an offer of a place. This will be conditional on your
achieving specified grades in your school-leaving exams, unless you have
already left school. The standard offer is, for candidates taking A level, AAA;
for Advanced Highers AA/AAB; for the IB 38-40, including core points; or an
equivalent level in other qualifications. An A may be asked for in a specific
subject or subjects.
We welcome applicants from
outside the United Kingdom. There are students from all over the world studying
Classics at Oxford. We encourage students from abroad to study the entire
course if at all possible, but those doing a second BA may sometimes be allowed
to do a shorter version of an undergraduate course. Information about applying
from outside the UK is available on the main University of Oxford website. We are used to
dealing with applications from a wide range of educational systems and make
offers which are appropriate in each case. For further advice on these and
other qualifications, please consult the Schools Liaison Officer or the
Undergraduate Admissions Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford
OX1 2JD, or seek advice from a classical tutor at one of the colleges.