Admissions Process

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Admissions Process

St Benet’s Hall follows exactly the same admissions process as all other colleges of the University.  This applies not only to our ordinary lay students, but also to monks and clergy. Please see the instructions on the University website, which gives the latest procedures by clicking here.  St Benet’s requires the same entry grades as all other colleges. The University website gives the required grades in the various qualifications available to both UK and international candidates.

Since PPHs now follow exactly the same procedure as the Colleges, please note the following differences from the application procedure in the past:

  • You can only apply directly to St Benet’s Hall as your first choice college. To do this, indicate your 'College of preference' on the UCAS form by using the drop-down list and entering the campus code 1 (STB).  Choosing St Benet’s as your first choice college will not affect your chances of being given a second interview at another college.

  • Applicants to St Benet's Hall or other Permanent Private Halls no longer have the option of putting down a PPH as a 'second choice'.  All Colleges and PPHs have given up the possibility of being named as 'second choice', in order to allow a more equitable distribution of second interviews (if needed) across the university. 

  • Second interviews are now arranged by the various Faculties, using a ‘smart’ computer system to distribute the candidates. This second interview may be at St Benet’s, but this cannot be guaranteed. Therefore, if you are actively interested in St Benet's Hall, you need to consider putting us down as your first-choice college.

  • If you apply to an oversubscribed college in your subject, you may be reallocated to any college, including St Benet's Hall, as a first-choice candidate.  Again, the Faculties use a 'smart' process for reallocation, which is designed to maximise the chances for able candidates of being summoned for interview and possibly gaining a place.  If you find yourself reallocated, please realise that this is a statement of confidence in your abilities! As with second interviews, reallocation is done by computer and  the college you end up with cannot be specified by the candidate. Whatever their final college or PPH, all students at Oxford have access to all the multiple activities and opportunities of the University and usually thoroughly enjoy their time here. 

If you have any queries about courses or the Admissions process which are best answered by the University, i.e. they would apply to any candidate applying to any college, please contact: ox.ac.uk/study, study@ox.ac.uk and +44 (0) 1865 288000.

To get a sense of what life is like in St Benet's, you might like to look at our latest information pack for Freshers.  To view this, please click here.