All about Oxford

Application to an undergraduate course at the University of Oxford takes place between 1 September and 15 October each year, for places beginning the following autumn. To apply you must complete a UCAS form. You can find our full guide to applying to St John’s on the college’s website. The University also provides helpful guidance for the application process. There is detailed information available on the following topics:

The St John’s College Access & Admissions Team has put together a series of videos covering Oxford Explained, How to Apply and Admissions Tests. Watch them here.

We have also compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for your Oxford interview, which can be accessed here.

Candidates’ News

For all those applying to St John’s we have a dedicated page for news and updates which we hope you will find useful during the application process. So, if you are apply to us remember to check out Candidates’ News.

Official Video Guides

Alternative Prospectus

The Alternative Prospectus is developed entirely by the St John’s undergraduate student body for prospective students like you, and is meant to answer any questions you might have about life at St John’s and in Oxford.

Super-Curricular Material

Oxford applicants are often recommended to pursue their interests beyond what they are currently studying at school. Here you can find some resources for engaging with your favourite subjects in a deeper way: we have included reading lists as well as links to useful websites and interesting social media channels to follow.

Oxford resources & programmes

The University of Oxford runs a large number of widening participation, widening access and student recruitment events each year, across the UK and internationally. These events are coordinated by colleges, departments, museums, the student union and a central Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach team.

The University of Oxford has an online diary of Outreach Events for students and teachers. It includes events in Oxford, around the UK and in other parts of the world. You may want to bookmark this page and check it regularly for events of interest.


The best way to learn about Oxford life is to be fully immersed in it. UNIQ is designed to help you do just that, taking you behind the college gates, into lecture theatres and giving you access to Oxford’s top academics. UNIQ is open to students studying in their first year of further education, who are based at UK state schools/colleges, and has a summer school and digital component. You can find out more about UNIQ here.


Oxplore is the home of big questions, engaging with debates and ideas that go beyond what is covered in the classroom. Oxplore tackles complex ideas across a wide range of subjects and draws on the latest research undertaken at Oxford.