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Statistics from the 2021 admissions round (applications 2021 for 2022 entry) for the BC98 Biomedical Sciences course at the University of Oxford.

In 2021 we received 524 UCAS applications. Of these applicants 495 successfully registered for the BMAT. The application of any applicant who did not register the test was deemed incomplete, and the applicant was notified at that stage that their application was no longer under consideration.

  • Approximately 20% of applicants submitted an open application.
  • 6 applicants applied for deferred entry.
  • 73% of applicants were female.
  • 67% of applicants offered A-levels, and 17% offered the IB.
  • 131 applicants were shortlisted for interview.

Each applicant was interviewed at two colleges: the college of preference, or allocation if an open application was made, and one other assigned by computer.


Approximately 3 applicants were invited for interview for each available place.

Most of our applicants for 2022 entry did not sit GCSE examinations, but were awarded GCSE grades on the basis of teacher assessment in 2020. In addition, the school performance data that we would normally use to generate contextualised GCSE values do not exist for this year’s cohort. GCSE performance was therefore not used formulaically in the 2021 admissions round.

Initial short-listing was based on BMAT score.

We do not ascribe equal weighting to all sections of BMAT. In 2021, weightings were: section 1=40%, section 2=40%, and section 3=20%. In calculating the section 3 score, double weight is ascribed to the ‘Quality of Content’ score and single weight given to the ‘Quality of English’ score (with A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1, and X=0).

Contextual data (see were used to assess whether an applicant’s BMAT score likely reflected an under- or over-performance within the context of the candidate’s socio-economic and school environment.

All non-shortlisted applicants were then reviewed to identify if their GCSE and/or BMAT performance was likely to have underestimated their potential. As a result of this process, additional applicants were added to the short-list.

BMAT is the only element of an application that is common to all applicants for Biomedical Sciences and giving as it does a snapshot of ability and aptitude, is an important selection tool when assessing extremely well qualified applicants.


The following graph shows the adjusted BMAT scores for the 2021 cohort. 


The mean BMAT score was 52%, which increased following short-listing to 63%.


All A-level applicants must take two subjects from Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. The table below summarises the distribution of subject choices amongst applicants taking A-levels.

Subject % of applicants % of applicants
% of applicants
Biology 99 99 100
Chemistry 86 84 91
Mathematics 74 94 94
Further Mathematics 9 15 14
Physics 17 22 6

60% of successful applicants who offered A-levels were studying Biology AND Chemistry AND Mathematics.


Colleges interviewed blind of college choice (or allocation) and BMAT score.

Offers were made to 10% of male applicants and 9% of female applicants (29% of shortlisted male applicants and 38% of shortlisted female applicants).

For those with an offer of a place, the mean adjusted BMAT score was 65%. 

39% of offers were made by colleges other than the college of preference (or allocation).

Colleges made 42 quota offers for 2022 entry and 3 open offers (which means the applicant is guaranteed a place at Oxford to study Biomedical Sciences, but will not be assigned to a college until after A-level results - or equivalent - are known). One deferred offer was made for 2023 entry.


204 applicants classified for fee calculation purposes as being EU/international applicants registered for the BMAT. 52 were shortlisted for interview and 13 received an offer.