Submitting written work

To support applications in some subjects, we require you to send us some of your written work. These enable us to assess the quality of your academic writing in the subject you wish to study, and they may be discussed at your interview.

The essays you submit should be copies of accredited essays (not coursework), with your teachers' comments. The essays should not normally be longer than 2500 words. We regret that we cannot return submitted work, so you should keep a copy if necessary.

The deadline for submission of this material is 3 November 2016 (for courses beginning October 2017). A cover sheet can be downloaded from the menu on the right.  For all subjects requiring written work, please send three copies of each essay, with a cover sheet attached to each copy.

Below is an outline of the requirements for the submission of written work for different subjects.

Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic

Two pieces of written work.

Asian & Middle-Eastern Studies

One essay in English on a substantive topic.


Two pieces of written work from essay-based subjects that you are already studying (eg. History, English, Languages, Classical Civilisation)


Two essays, both from your English course.


One essay from your History course.

History and Modern Languages

One essay from your History course and one essay in the foreign language for which you are applying. If you are applying for Russian ab initio, please send an essay in English in an essay-based subject.

History and Politics

One essay from your History course.

Modern and Medieval Languages

Three pieces of written work. If you are applying to continue two A-level (or equivalent) languages, please send a piece of work in each of these languages. The third piece should be an essay in English from another essay-based subject. If you are applying to continue one A-level language, and to start another language ab initio, please send one piece of work in the language you are studying and intend to continue; the other piece should be from an essay-based subject.


Two to three pieces of school work, which can be from the fields of music history, analysis and compostition (harmony and/or counterpoint exercises).


Two pieces of written work.


Two pieces of written work.