Selection Criteria

UNIQ is an access programme, which means that we prioritise students with good grades from backgrounds that are under-represented at Oxford and other highly selective universities. To find out more, click on the purple buttons below.

It's worth remembering that selection for UNIQ is different from undergraduate selection for the University, so even if you aren't offered a place on UNIQ you could still successfully apply Oxford next year. And we hope you will.

Applications for UNIQ 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).

Main Considerations

Academic Attainment

Strong preference for grades 7/ 8/ 9/ A/ A* or Scottish National 5 grade A

(if your school offered fewer than 7 Nat 5 qualifications, you will still be eligible to apply for Medicine, Economics and Biomedicine)

Some courses do have specific grade requirements but most are more flexible, click below to find out more.

Course Requirements


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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We also assess applications on the following criteria:

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.