British System
A-levels: Grade AAA
Advanced Highers: Grade AA/AAB

International Baccalaureate (IB)

  • Point: 38 (including core points) with 666 at HL
  • A total score of 38, 39 or 40 points (depending on the course) including core points, with 6s and 7s in subjects taken at the Higher level
  • For IB Maths ,IB students can choose from: Analysis and Approaches (SL or HL)

or, Applications and Interpretation (SL or HL)

  • The University does not accept the IB Career-related Programme. 

Note: All Oxford courses that state that they require Mathematics will accept both courses at HL, apart from Chemistry, which will require applicants to have taken either of the courses at Higher Level, or the Ana

Advanced Placement (AP)

For courses requiring AAA:

  • Either Four APs at grade 5 (including any subjects required for the course you are applying or
  • Three APs at grade 5 (including any subjects required for the course you are applying to) plus
  • plus a score of 31 or above in the ACT or 1460 or above (out of 1600) in the SAT. 
  • We do not require the optional essay for either the ACT or the SAT.

Please note that Calculus AB and Calculus BC cannot be counted as two separate subjects for the purposes of meeting your offer, whether taken as separate tests or by receiving the AB subscore when taking Calculus BC.

Subject Recommendation

  • It is highly recommended for candidates to have History to A-level, Advanced Higher, Higher Level in the IB or any other equivalent. 
  • Sociology, Politics or Government and Politics can be helpful to students in completing this course, although they are not required for admission.

Admission Test

All candidates must take the History Aptitude Test (HAT) as part of their application. Separate registration for this test is required and it is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that they are registered. We strongly recommend making the arrangements in plenty of time before the deadline.

Written Work

All candidates are required to send in an essay on an historical topic, written in their own time as part of their normal school or college work.

Tutors are looking for intellectual curiosity, as well as a flexible approach to engaging with unfamiliar concepts or arguments and an enthusiasm for history and politics. If you are shortlisted, you may be asked to discuss your submitted written work and personal statement during the interview.

English Language Requirements

All undergraduate applicants who are not native English speakers must satisfy one of the requirements listed in the table below. 

Possible exemptions from this requirement will be considered for those who:

  • studied the International Baccalaureate programme, if it is taught in English
  • studied the Singapore Integrated Programme (SIPCAL) 
  • have been educated full-time in the medium of the English language throughout the two most recent years.

If you need to meet English language conditions, you will be asked to show either a standard or a higher level of ability in English by submitting one of the following scores:

  • IELTS: 7.5 (minimum 7.0 per component)
  • TOEFL / TOEFL iBT Home Edition: 110 (Minimum component scores: Listening: 22, Reading: 24, Speaking: 25, Writing: 24)
  • CAE: 191 (Minimum 185 per component)
  • CPE: 191 (Minimum 185 per component)
  • PTE Academic: 76 (Minimum 66 in all skills)
  • International Baccalaureate Standard Level (SL): score of 5 in English (as Language A or B)

Personal Statement

A personal statement where you tell us why you are interested in your chosen course.

Academic References

A reference from a teacher or someone else who is qualified to comment on your academic ability is an essential part of your application. Your application will be incomplete without a reference and we will not be able to consider it.

University of Oxford - History & Politics
Source: University of Oxford - History & Politics