Information for Applicants

Information for Applicants

Important information for candidates who have applied to St Catherine's for entry in 2019 (or deferred entry in 2020)

UCAS Application

Candidates who submitted a UCAS form by 6pm UK time on 15 October 2018, stating St Catherine's as their college of preference, will receive an acknowledgement of their application via email by the end of October.

Please note that our systems do not have a live link to UCAS, so after submitting your application it is essential that, as well as updating the UCAS system, you notify us of any changes to your postal or email address (by email to Otherwise all correspondence will be sent to the postal or email address supplied on your original application.

Pre-Interview Written Tests

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.

More information is found here.

Written Work

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. A completed cover sheet downloaded from the University website must be included with each piece of work :

Written work must be received by 10 November 2018.

We would prefer work to be sent by email, if possible.  Work should be scanned and sent to as a one multi-page PDF file of each written work sample and cover sheet. If you are unable to send the work by email, please send by hard copy to The Admissions Office, St Catherine's College, Manor Road, Oxford, OX1 3UJ, United Kingdom.

Please note that we are unable to acknowledge receipt of written work, but will contact applicants if the required work has not been received.

Oxford Interviews

Towards the end of November or in early December you will receive an email indicating whether or not you have been invited for interview. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place in the fortnight beginning Sunday 2 December 2018. Please see the University website for the interview timetable.

Further information on interviews can be found here. Interview arrangements for international applicants are found here.


If shortlisted for interview you will receive a letter via email or post in mid 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.


Unsuccessful applicants are welcome to ask for feedback on their applications. Requests for feedback received before 31st December will be treated as having been received on the day the College reopens after the New Year. Due to the number of feedback requests the College receives, there may be a delay in responding to requests for feedback. We are, however, able to respond to enquiries about test scores more rapidly than other feedback requests.
Please note that due to recent changes in data protection legislation we have adopted the policy of only providing feedback directly to candidates. Should candidates then choose to do so, they may share the feedback with their school or college.
For Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, initial shortlisting is carried out centrally. Requests for feedback about any application that has not been shortlisted for interview in these subjects should be addressed in the first instance to the Admissions Coordinator of the appropriate programme.

Please note we are unable to provide feedback to successful applicants but will supply test scores upon request.
Feedback will only be provided where the request has been received by the College before 30th April 2019.