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Our entrance requirements are: three A-levels at A*AA grade or equivalent qualifications, taken in one academic year. The University of Oxford offers courses that are academically very demanding and aims to select those students who would best be able to benefit from the challenges they make; this is why we require students to demonstrate that they can cope with the workload of taking three full A-levels (or equivalent) in one academic year and achieve good grades.

Nevertheless, we recognise that students sometimes fail to achieve their potential on first attempt at school because of extreme circumstances beyond their control. Examples would include disruption caused by change of school or system, severe discontinuity of teachers, bereavement and one-off debilitating illness.  Under these sorts of extenuating circumstances an applicant resitting A levels might be considered.

We take pains to treat each application individually and would always take such mitigating circumstances into account, if they are brought to our attention: a clear note should be made of these circumstances in the school reference.