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Philosophy, Politics and Economics University of Oxford Degree level: Undergraduate

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Studying Philosophy, you will develop analytical rigour and the ability to criticise and reason logically, and be able to apply these skills to questions concerning how we acquire knowledge or make ethical judgements.

The study of Politics provides a thorough understanding of the impact of political institutions on modern societies. It helps you to evaluate the choices that political systems must regularly make, to explain the processes that maintain or change those systems, and to examine the concepts and values used in political analysis.

Economics is the study of how consumers, firms and government make decisions that together determine how resources are allocated. An appreciation of economics has become increasingly necessary to make sense of governmental policy-making, the conduct of businesses and the enormous economic transformations throughout the world.

All three branches of PPE at Oxford have an international reputation, supported by more than 200 renowned scholars. PPE at Oxford is a very flexible course which allows you to study all three branches, or to specialise in two after the first year. For more information on this course please visit ox.ac.uk/ugppe.

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Application deadlines

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15 October

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

International applicants

Oxford is one of the most international universities in the world. Today, one third of its students, including 17% of undergraduates, are international citizens, and come from over 140 countries. For more information visit ox.ac.uk/int.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level AAA Excluding General Studies (if taken)
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D*D* - DDD Conditional offers would usually be:
Extended Diploma with D*D*D to DDD, depending on the course.
Diploma with DD plus an A grade at A-level, possibly with one or two * grades, depending on the course.
Subsidiary Diploma with D plus two A grades at A-level, possibly with one or two * grades, depending on the course.
Access to HE Diploma D: 45 credits Some Access courses allow students to take one or two A-levels as part of the course. This option is strongly recommended for students who wish to apply to Oxford, especially for those courses which have specific subject requirements. If you would like to discuss the suitability of your Access course for entry to Oxford University, please contact the subject department that you’d like to apply to for further information. (Contact details are at ox.ac.uk/courses)
Scottish Higher AAAAB - AAAAA Supplemented by two or more Advanced Highers.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal D3, D3, D3 Pre-U subject requirements are the same as those for A-levels.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 39 points with 7 6 6 at HL
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H2, H2, H2, H2, H2
Scottish Advanced Higher AA - AAB Conditional offers will usually be for AAB if a student is able to take three Advanced Highers; where this is not possible then a student would be expected to achieve AA in two Advanced Highers, as well as an A grade in an additional Higher course taken in Year 6.

You may apply for PPE having done any combination of subjects at school; it is not necessary to have studied Politics, Philosophy or Economics. History and Mathematics are useful backgrounds, but are not essential. We expect you to have taken and passed any practical component in your chosen science subjects. Although a background in Mathematics is not formally required for admission, PPE applicants should have sufficient interest in, and aptitude for, mathematics to cope with the mathematical elements of the course. Mathematics is a particular advantage for the Economics component of the course, as well as for the first year logic course in philosophy, and for understanding theories and data in politics. Many successful applicants have studied Maths to at least AS-level, or another equivalent. You may like to consider taking Maths to AS-level, or an equivalent qualification such as IB Standard Level, even if you do not pursue it further. It is useful to have learnt the basics of differentiation before starting your university course in PPE.

A range of other international qualifications is also acceptable for entry. Please see ox.ac.uk/intquals for further information.

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

Oxford Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA Ox)

TSA Oxford is a paper-based test of two sections, lasting 2 hours:

Section 1: Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA). 50 Multiple Choice questions covering problem-solving skills, including numerical and spatial reasoning, and critical thinking skills, including understanding argument and reasoning using everyday language.
Section 2: Writing Task. 1 essay from a choice of 4, assessing the ability to organise ideas in a clear and concise manner, and communicate them effectively in writing. Questions are not subject-specific.

Candidates for Chemistry (F100) and History and Economics (LV11) only sit Section 1 (90 minutes).

The TSA must be taken on Wednesday 30 October 2019. All applicants must register in plenty of time and before the registration deadline, 18.00 BST on Tuesday 15 October 2019. See ox.ac.uk/tsa for further information.

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English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced Overall score of 191 or above, with at least 185 in each component
Cambridge English Proficiency Overall score of 191 or above, with at least 185 in each component
IELTS (Academic) 7.5 Minimum 7.0 per component
TOEFL (iBT) 110.0 Minimum component scores: Listening: 22 Reading: 24 Speaking: 25 Writing: 24

For details on English Language Requirements, please visit the website url

https://ox.ac.uk/englang


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