Before you apply – Theology

Studying theology today allows you to bridge divide between modernity and ancient periods. The course engages with a wide variety of disciplines from the perspectives of history, practice and thought of the major world religions of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism.


When applying to Oxbridge, you will have to complete a UCAS form before the October 15th deadline. Candidates are only allowed to apply to one of Oxford or Cambridge, and they can choose to apply to a particular college, or make an open application. As part of the UCAS form, you will have to write a 4000 character personal statement, and a teacher will have to provide a reference.

The UCAS code for undergraduate Theology at Cambridge and Oxford is V600 BA/TRS.

The institution code for Cambridge is CAM C05 and for Oxford is O33. Applicants may only apply for Oxford or Cambridge, but not both.  It is usual to stipulate a choice of college in the UCAS application, although both universities allow you to make an ‘open’ application via that university’s central admissions office which will then allocate you to a particular.  Those wishing to make and open application should enter a ‘9’ in the campus choice box on their UCAS form.

Cambridge Undergraduate Course requirements:

There are no absolute requirements for subjects at AS/A-Level but most candidates will have demonstrated an interest in history, Religious studies, English, Philosophy and related A-levels. These subjects also help demonstrate an ability for clear, logical analysis.

Typical offers require
A Level:
IB: 40-41 points, with 776 at Higher Level

Candidates may be asked to submit a school essay before the interview. You may also be provided with preparatory material pre-interview.

Oxford Undergraduate Course requirements:

A-levels: AAA

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB

IB: 38–40 including core points

Common questions regarding the Oxford and Cambridge Theology Courses:

Is there a difference between Oxford and Cambridge?

How do I know I’m clever enough for such an academic degree?

What are tutors looking for?

Do I have to be hoping for a career in academia in order to apply?

Mentors will be answering these and any other questions at Schools’ Interview Preparation Days or during Private tuition. Alternatively, read some of our blog entries from Oxbridge Humanities or send us an email at and we will try to help you out as best we can.