Selection criteria

As UNIQ is an access programme, preference is given to applicants from low socio-economic status backgrounds and/or from areas with low progression to higher education. Therefore, an unsuccessful application to UNIQ does not reflect an applicant’s likelihood of being successful in an application for undergraduate study at the University of Oxford.

Applications are only open to students currently in their first year of A-Levels (or equivalent) at UK* state schools/colleges/sixth forms/academies. We do not accept applications from students at private schools (including students holding scholarship places).

[Please note that as applications for 2019 don't open until December 3, the information below is for guidance only].

Main Considerations

Academic Attainment

Academic attainment at GCSE/National 5 (or equivalent) with a strong preference for 9 - 8/Distinction (A*)/1 grades.

We expect 7,8,9 grades from those that have completed new GCSEs.

Please note that some courses require a specific amount of grades for you to be considered in the applicant pool.



Do people that share your postcode own their own homes? How do people in your area spend their money?

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Do lots of young people in your area go on to university? Or do many go in to full-time work or apprenticeships?

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Other Considerations

UNIQ welcomes applications from disabled students and makes reasonable adjustments to facilitate their access to the summer school. Admission is based solely on the individual merits of each candidate.

* You must be a UK resident settled in the UK at the time of applying to UNIQ with no restrictions on the period for which you may stay in the UK. You must have been resident in the UK from October 2017, and this residence should not have been wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education during any part of it.