Choosing a Course

Subject and Course Information

The most important choice you will have to make is that of the degree course you wish to study for the next three or four years. Choosing the course which best suits your academic strengths, interests, and learning style is key to ensuring your university experience is a successful and fulfilling one.

A wide range of courses is available at Oxford, the vast majority of which are offered at Christ Church. All our courses are theoretical and challenging, initially providing a broad foundation in the subject area before allowing scope for specialization in the later years of study. The course content and structure do not vary from college to college, nor do the exams. However, your college will arrange your tutorial teaching – a key part of Oxford academic life, which allows you to study and discuss topics in very small groups. For humanities, social sciences, and many life science courses you will be writing essays in preparation for tutorials. We have put together a guide to support students who want to learn more about the tutorial system and how to build on their essay writing skills.

In the pages linked below our tutors provide you with an insight into the subjects and courses, together with a guide to the number of places available each year. The standard offer for all subjects is the same across all colleges: between AAA and A*A*A at A-level (depending on the subject applied for), 38-40 in the International Baccalaureate, or the equivalent high level of achievement in other suitable qualifications. You may be expected to have studied particular subjects at school or college to be eligible to apply for certain subjects, or may be required to submit written work or sit a written test as part of the process. Details of all such requirements are available on the University’s admissions pages: