Admissions facts and figures

Applications Success Rate - 2019

No. of Applicants

Shortlisted

Offered Places

Success Rate

History (Single Honours)

1053

721

287

27%

Ancient and Modern History

100

72

20

20%

History and Economics

119

63

17

10%

History and English

119

57

14

12%

History and Modern Languages

110

91

27

25%

History and Politics

427

185

53

12%

TOTAL

1979

1189

418

21%

 

The University’s preferred interview to place ratio is 3-1, so for every place available the History Faculty will interview 3 candidates.  

Weighting of Test/GCSE scores

Candidates are given scores and ranks at three different stages in the application process: at the shortlisting stage, immediately before the interviews, and after the interviews at the first college. The weightings of the different components used to score the applicants at each stage are outlined below.

 

Although the scores, individually and combined, provide a helpful framework for assessing candidates, tutors also take into account the individual circumstances and potential abilities of each candidate.

History (Single Honours)

Application Stage

Contextualised GCSE score

History Aptitude Test (HAT)

History Written Work

History Interview

Shortlisting

50%

50%

Pre-Interview

40%

40%

20%

Post-Interview

30%

30%

10%

30%

 

Ancient and Modern History

Application Stage

Contextualised GCSE score

HAT

History Written Work

History Interview

Classics Interview

Shortlisting

50%

50%

Pre-Interview

40%

40%

20%

Post-Interview

30%

30%

10%

15%

15%

 

History and Economics

Application Stage

Contextualised GCSE score

HAT

TSA

History Written Work

History Interview

Economics Interview

Shortlisting

33.3%

33.3%

33.3%

Pre-Interview

40%

40%

20%

Post-Interview

20%

20%

20%

10%

15%

15%

 

History and English

Application Stage

Contextualised GCSE score

HAT

English Written Work

History Written Work

History Interview

English Interview

Shortlisting

30%

40%

30%

Pre-Interview

30%

40%

30%

Post-Interview

20%

20%

20%

10%

15%

15%

 

 History and Modern Languages

HML candidates are considered at each stage of the process through consultation between College tutors from both History and ML. All information about these candidates, for both subjects, - GCSE score, pre-interview test scores (HAT and MLAT), written work scores, interview times and scores - is entered into the Modern Languages Admissions Database (MLAD) by the College's ML Primary User (who is one of the ML tutors). This results in each candidate carrying a 'guide score' (school written work scores are not included in this calculation). Final admissions decisions may be informed by this score, but it is not used mechanistically as a ranking tool.

 

History and Politics

Application Stage

Contextualised GCSE score

HAT

History Written Work

History Interview

Politics Interview

Shortlisting

50%

50%

Pre-Interview

40%

40%

20%

Post-Interview

30%

30%

10%

15%

15%

Contextualised GCSE 9/8/A* score (cGCSE)

The cGCSE score provides information about how well an applicant has performed at GCSE compared to other applicants to Oxford, given the performance of the school at which they took their GCSEs. It can be useful for identifying applicants from low performing schools who have achieved fewer top grades than other applicants, but more than would be expected for an average applicant from that school, and vice versa.

2019 HAT Scores

hat scores