Candidates will normally be invited for interview unless the first-choice college believes beyond reasonable doubt that they are 'disqualified', i.e. that the candidate would find the Oxford Classics course too demanding and too difficult for it to be of value to them. All applications are viewed sympathetically, but grounds for considering a candidate 'disqualified' may include:
It should also be noted that the standard offer made to candidates is AAA at A Level: if a candidate is predicted, or has been awarded, grades lower than AAA, that will under normal circumstances constitute grounds for not inviting a candidate to interview in itself. Post-qualification candidates who have not achieved AAA (or equivalent in the IB or other qualifications) within two years will not normally be invited to interview unless there are strong mitigating circumstances. The college of preference (or allocated college in the case of open applicants) will consult other colleges and will only take the decision not to interview an applicant if all colleges agree.
In some cases a college other than the college of preference (or allocated college) may decide to invite the candidate to interview.