Applications to Oxford University are competitive, and not all students that apply will be offered an interview. Applicants who fail to meet the published selection criteria to a high standard will not be called for interview. Students are selected for
interview from their UCAS forms on the basis of:
- Examination scores (achieved and predicted)
- Referee's report
- Personal statement – showing an interest in, and an academic potential for Biology
We are looking for your interest in biology, your ability to engage in conversation about biology related subjects, how you respond when you are given additional pieces of information, and how you respond when you are confronted with things that
you don’t know the immediate answer to. You can expect some questions based around your UCAS form, and that then leads onto questions around an object and some data in attempts to try and stimulate a discussion.
Professor Lindsay Turnbull (Dept. of Plant Sciences) and Professor Owen Lewis (Dept. of Zoology) put undergraduate Joshua Jones through his paces in this mock interview, filmed virtually in July 2020.
After the college interviews, all College Tutors meet together to discuss the gathered field of interviewees. First choice colleges always have the right to select students they like first, followed by second "choice" colleges, but any college can make
an offer. There is also a Pool system whereby a small number of applicants are offered a place to read Biology at Oxford, but their college will not be determined until A-level or equivalent exam results are published in the summer of the following