When applying to Oxbridge, you will have to complete a UCAS form before the October 15th deadline. Candidates are only allowed to apply to one of Oxford or Cambridge, and they can choose to apply to a particular college, or make an open application. As part of the UCAS form, you will have to write a 4000 character personal statement, and a teacher will have to provide a reference.
The UCAS code for undergraduate Engineering is H100 at Oxford and H100 MEng/E at Cambridge. Chemical Engineering has the code H810 MEng/CEE via Engineering year 1 and H813 MEng/CENS via Natural Sciences.
The institution code for Cambridge is CAM C05 and for Oxford is O33. Applicants may only apply for Oxford or Cambridge, but not both. It is usual to stipulate a choice of college in the UCAS application, although both universities allow you to make an ‘open’ application via that university’s central admissions office which will then allocate you to a particular. Those wishing to make and open application should enter a ‘9’ in the campus choice box on their UCAS form.
Cambridge Undergraduate Course requirements:
Typical Offer: For applicants taking three or more science/mathematics subjects at A level the agreed minimum offer is three A grades (with one at A*) often in three science/mathematics A levels. This must include Maths and Physics and further Mathematics is strongly advised.
The Engineering Admissions Assessment is an addition since 2016 and is an admissions exam created by the University of Cambridge’s admissions testing service. Each candidate applying for Engineering will be required to sit this exam in early November. The aim of this exam is to assist the admissions tutors in selecting the most capable applicants, where so many candidates have the required A-level scores. It helps to differentiate candidates particularly in the domains of critical thinking, reasoning and application of their mathematical knowledge in unfamiliar contexts.
The exam consists of two parts; the first is a multiple-choice question format consisting of 54 questions across two parts. Calculators may not be used in Section 1. Section 2: A structured multiple-choice question format consisting of approximately 20 questions. Here, calculators are allowed.
Both exams will mostly be testing a candidate’s understanding and application of their Mathematics and Physics knowledge. Scores will be used together with the other elements of a candidate’s application to invite candidates to interview, as well after interview in some cases, to ensure places are awarded to candidates who will excel in this challenging course.
For applicants taking two science/mathematics subjects at A level with one or more nonscience subject(s), the agreed minimum offer is two A/A* grades in the A level science/mathematics subjects plus an additional A grade in one other A level subject, plus an A grade at AS level in a third science/mathematics subject.
For requirements for Scottish Highers and International Baccalaureate see the website below.
Subjects: All Colleges strongly prefer applicants to have Science A levels and most colleges prefer applicants to have Further mathematics.
You are likely to be disadvantaged in all Colleges when compared with those of comparable ability taking more science/mathematics A levels. However, if you realise this too late it is strongly advisable to take topics that relate to Mechanics during your A-Levels/IB studies.
All colleges welcome BTECS in engineering and Advanced Diplomas in Engineering and in Manufacturing and Product Design provided you also have the relevant Mathematics and Physics qualifications.
Oxford Undergraduate Course requirements:
The standard offer will be A*AA to include Mathematics and Physics. The A* must be obtained in Mathematics, Physics or Further Mathematics.
Advanced Highers: AA/AAB
• IB: 38–40 including core points
• or any other equivalent (see details of international qualifications)
Candidates are expected to have Physics and Mathematics to A-level, Advanced Higher, or Higher Level in the IB or any other equivalent. Inclusion of Mathematics Mechanics modules is highly recommended. Further Mathematics can be helpful to students in completing this course, although it is not required for admission. Details of the requirements for other qualifications, including the Advanced Diploma in Engineering, can be found on the Department of Engineering Science website.
All candidates must take the Physics Aptitude Test (PAT), normally at their own school or college in November. Separate registration for this test is required and the final deadline for entries is 15 October 2012. It is a paper-based 2-hour, subject-specific admissions test and is taken by all applicants for Physics, Engineering and Materials Sciences. The syllabus can be found here and their are multiple sample questions and model solutions available on the Oxford site or the admission site here.
Common questions regarding the Oxford and Cambridge Science Courses:
Is there a difference between Oxford and Cambridge?
How do I know I’m clever enough for such an academic degree?
Will tutors be looking to see if I will make a good Engineer or are they only looking at my grades?
Do I have to be hoping for a career in Engineering in order to apply?
Mentors will be answering these and any other questions at Schools’ Interview Preparation Days or during Private tuition. Alternatively, read some of our blog entries from Oxbridge Engineering or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try to help you out as best we can.