To apply you must complete a UCAS form.

On your UCAS form you can either select a college of preference or make an ‘open' application, where a college is selected for you. Have a look around this website to discover what St John's has to offer. If you have any queries please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Officer.

Institution code name “OXF”
Institution code “033”
Campus code “S”

Application guidelines

We are happy to accept applications from students studying A Levels, the International Baccalaureate or any equivalent qualifications. Our standard offer ranges from AAA to A*A*A at A Level (please check exact A Level requirements for your subject), AAAAB/AAAAA in Scottish Highers (if Advanced Highers are offered then AA for two subjects and AAB for three) 38-40 or higher (including the bonus points) in the IB, then you are in position to make a competitive application. If you are applying with non-UK qualifications please check the International Qualifications page on the Oxford University website.

For some subjects you will be asked to submit copies of written work and/or sit a test. Find out more about application requirements on the Courses page on the Oxford University website. 

Written work

Where possible we ask that the written work be marked by your teacher as part of your normal schoolwork. If you do not have anything suitable, contact the Undergraduate Admissions Officer to discuss alternatives. We would also ask the following:

  • Please check the Written work requirements for your subject on the Oxford University website.
  • Please remember to keep a copy for your reference.
  • We will ask for written work to be sent electronically. We will provide a dedicated email address in the email that will be sent to acknowledge your application.
  • Written work is to be sent in the form of a PDF file for each piece of work. Each piece must contain a coversheet. Please do not send individual pages as separate files. JPEG of JIFF images are not acceptable.
  • Please send your written work to

When we have received an application we will consider your GCSE and National 5 achievements (or their equivalent) and your predicted grades. However, we are interested in potential as well as achievement, so don't feel you must have perfect grades to make an application. If you have good grades and a strong personal statement and reference on your UCAS form and a good pre-interview test score (where appropriate), we may invite you for an interview in December. 

We are happy to receive international applications. Note that non-native speakers of English must meet the University's English language requirements. Find out about English language requirements on the Oxford University website.

Choral and organ scholarships

St John’s does not participate in either the choral or organ trials organised by the University. It makes awards of choral and organ scholarships from within the student body of the College. We welcome applications in Hilary term from existing undergraduates and graduates, who have had opportunities to experience and evaluate the level of commitment involved in Chapel choir activities. For further information, see the Grants, prizes and scholarships page.

Key dates for applicants

29 September 2023

Deadline for registration for admissions test. Other rules apply for LNAT (see link)

15 October 2023
Last day on which the LNAT test may be taken

16 October 2023
UCAS Deadline for UK, European & other overseas applications

25 October 2023
All being well acknowledgement e-mails for all subjects other than Law, BMS and Medicine will be sent today. Acknowledgements for these subjects will come from the Department or Faculty.

Test Dates

For a list of test dates and further information about tests, please see:

10 November 2023
Deadline for sample written work to arrive

December 2023
Interview period. Interviews will take place remotely this year and will take place in early and mid-December. Please check the University website for updates.

January 2024
Decisions will be sent out by email on 9 January

Admissions Team

  • Sarah Jones, Undergraduate Admissions Officer
    Sarah is the contact for individual application enquiries, interviews and Open Days.
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