Undergraduate Admissions

Catz Student Wins 2014 IRB Junior World Championship

Catz undergraduate Gus Jones (2012, Biological Sciences) has competed in a victorious England U20 squad in the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship. The IRB Junior World Championship was held in Auckland, New Zealand, from 2 to 20 June 2014.

The England squad began their campaign against Italy, before going on to face Australia, Argentina, Ireland and then meeting South Africa in the final. They successfully defended their title with a 21-20 win over South Africa, winning the Championship for the second year in a row.

Catz Staff Win 2014 OUSU Awards

St Catherine's would like to congratulate Catz Academic Registrar and Fellow, Cressida Chappell, and Catz Scout, Julie Smith, on their recent success in the 2014 Oxford University Student Union Teaching Awards. Both Cressida and Julie won an award in the Best Support Staff category in recognition of their outstanding contribution to College and student life.

Inspirational state school teachers honoured by Oxford

Congratulations to Keith Wood from Gosforth Academy, nominated for an Inspirational Teachers Award by Catz student Jack Slone.

The awards are a way of recognising the importance of school or college teachers in encouraging bright students to realise their potential and make a successful application to Oxford.

Click below to find out more and watch the video.

Teaching Award for Fellow in Experimental Psychology

Dr Gaia Scerif, the College’s Tutorial Fellow in Experimental Psychology, has won a divisional “Teaching Excellence” award, in the “Excellent Teacher Category”. These are presented by the Medical Sciences Division annually.

These awards formally recognise the excellent contributions to teaching and/or supervision made by individual members of Collegiate University and NHS staff within the Division. This award comes in addition to her Oxford Teaching Excellence award for Innovation in Teaching in 2012.

Charlotte Sansome

Charlotte is the contact for undergraduate applicant enquiries, college open days, school events and group visits to the College.

Telephone: +44 (0) 1865 271703

Email: admissions@stcatz.ox.ac.uk

Deputy Academic Registrar (Access and Admissions)

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UCAS Applications

Applications to the University are made via UCAS but please note that the deadline for Oxford applications is earlier than for other universities. You must apply by 15 October at the latest for places beginning the following autumn.

On your UCAS form you can also enter a campus code in order to specify a college of choice. The campus code for St Catherine's is 'L'. Have a look around the website and visit us on an Open Day. If you like what you see then we'd encourage you to apply to Catz!

Pre-Interview Written Tests & Written Work

Please make sure you check the University Admissions website and click on the How to Apply tab for your chosen subject.

Pre-interview written tests take place in a variety of subjects. It is your responsibility to check whether there is a written test for your chosen subject and to ensure that you have registered for it, where required.

Some subjects require samples of written work. These should have been produced as part of normal school or college work, usually be no more than 2,000 words, and marked by a teacher. Written work should be sent unfolded, with a completed cover sheet downloaded from the University website. Please make sure that all written work arrives by the stated deadline.


If you are invited for interview at St Catherine's, we will provide accommodation and food free of charge during your stay in Oxford. Our Junior Common Room is open for you for the entire period of your stay, and there will be a number of current undergraduates present, who will be able to answer any queries you may have. We try to make the interviews (which could be conducted by one, two or more tutors) as friendly as possible - we often get really encouraging feedback from our students on their experience at St Catherine's.

The aim of our interviews is not to catch people out, nor simply to test the extent of their factual knowledge. They are designed to see how people think and react, to test motivation and determination. As well as trying to identify those who would do well at Oxford, their aim is to ensure that the Oxford course is the right one for the applicant. We would certainly expect that you had your reasons for applying for a particular course well worked out, though you may of course also have thought of questions you would want to ask us.


If shortlisted for interview you will receive a letter via email and post in January informing you whether or not you have been successful. If you have been successful, this letter will include the conditions of any offer. The offer may specify that you need to achieve certain grades in particular subjects at a particular level and may include the need to meet the University English Language requirements.


In August, once all the relevant examination results have been published, we will confirm your place if you have met the conditions of your offer. If you have not achieved the required grades, we will let you know whether we are still able to offer you a place.


Download the College Prospectus or Alternative Prospectus by clicking on the images (above).

Undergraduate Admissions

"What's great about Catz is its friendly, vibrant atmosphere. Students here are academically driven, diverse, and share a strong community spirit." Benson, Law student

St Catherine's College (known as 'Catz') is Oxford's youngest undergraduate college and also one of its largest and most diverse communities. We embrace the traditional values of Oxford college life, but our distinctive architecture gives us a unique position to pursue a modern agenda. Our college motto, Nova et Vetera (the new and the old), reflects this.

St Catherine's is situated in an ideal location, very close to the city centre, the Science Area, and University Faculties and Libraries, yet surrounded by meadows, parks and water. Many undergraduates appreciate the tranquility of the College grounds which are extensive and include a water garden.

St Catherine's is a cosmopolitan society, with students drawn from over 50 nations. We offer a wide range of subjects at undergraduate level, with a roughly even split between science and arts. We also have a large postgraduate community and host a number of visiting students, who spend time in Oxford as part of their course at an overseas university. The College has an overwhelming atmosphere of openness and friendliness in which everyone is quickly made to feel at home.

Click on the video image (left) to find out what our students have to say about life at St Catherine's.

If you would like to download a copy of our Prospectus, please click here. If you would like to download a copy of our Alternative Prospectus, please click here.


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