Provided you have strong fundamentals, passion and a willingness to learn, Physics is a subject which very few do not enjoy. You will study the way that the universe works, why it is and discover the essential knowledge required for scientific progress.

**UCAS**

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 institution code for Cambridge is **CAM C05** and for Oxford is **O33**.

The UCAS code for undergraduate Physics at Oxford is F300 (3 years) and F303 (4 year). At Cambridge the UCAS code is **BCF0 BA/NS **for Natural Sciences. 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*) in three science/mathematics A levels.

For applicants taking two science/mathematics subjects at A level with one or more nonscience subject(s), the agreed minimum offer is two 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. Some colleges prefer applicants to have three sciences one of which is mathematics: Christ’s, Jesus, Magdalene, Newnham, St John’s, and Trinity. Magdalene also requires A level Mathematics.

Some colleges will, exceptionally, consider applicants taking fewer science subject at A level, provided this subject is Biology. In this case you will still be expected to show a very high level of scientific ability. You are likely to be disadvantaged in all Colleges when compared with those of comparable ability taking more science/mathematics A levels.

Thinking Skills Assessment: Some colleges (Emmanuel, Gonville & Caius, St. Edmund’s, St. John’s, Trinity Hall & Wofson) may require you to do an additional test as well as interview. This is designed to test your critical thinking skills, problem-solving ability, logical and spatial reasoning, including understanding argument and reasoning using everyday language. It is a 90minute test consisting of 50 questions.

http://www.study.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/natsci/index.php#Entry-Requirements

http://www.study.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate/apply/requirements/

Scottish Highers System:

The following qualifications are typically required.

- An Advanced Higher (or CYS) in Biology and
- 5 Grade A Highers. These must include a Higher in Biology and / or Maths and/or Physics

If you don’t have Maths, Biology and Physics at Advanced Higher or Higher Level you must have Intermediate 2 or standard grade (Credit) in these subjects.

**Oxford Undergraduate Course requirements:**

**A-levels: A*AA **This should either be A*A in Physics and Mathematics (with the A* in either Physics or Mathematics) plus any other A, or A* in Further Mathematics with AA in Mathematics and Physics. Candidates are expected to have Physics and Mathematics to A-level, Advanced Higher, or Higher Level in the IB or another equivalent. The inclusion of a Maths Mechanics module would also be highly recommended. Further Mathematics can be helpful to candidates in completing this course, although not required for admission.

**• Advanced Highers: AA/AAB**

**• IB: 38–40 including core points**

**All **candidates must also take the Physics Aptitude Test as as part of their application. The Physics Aptitude Test (PAT) is a paper-based 2-hour, subject-specific **admissions test. **

PAT Syllabus:

### Part A

*Elementary mathematics:*arithmetic, geometry including coordinate geometry, and probability.*Algebra**Calculus**Physics*

### Syllabus for Part B of the aptitude test (physics)

*Mechanics**Waves and optics**Electricity and magnetism**Natural world**Mathematics:*Questions may require the manipulation of mathematical expressions in a physical context.*Problem solving*

For More information regarding the test and past papers from the Oxford website: http://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/study-here/undergraduates/applications/physics-aptitude-test-pat/pat-past-papers

Common questions regarding the Physics Application:

Is there a difference between Oxford and Cambridge?

Should I apply for the broad Natural Sciences degree at Cambridge or a specific subject at Oxford?

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 Biologist/Physicist/Scientist or are they only looking at my grades?

Do I have to be hoping for a career in Science 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 OxbridgeSciences or send us an email at info@oxbridgesciences.com and we will try to help you out as best we can.