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Scholarship Examinations

New Scholarship Examination General Paper (PDF, 34kb) (local access only)

The College offers a number of valuable Foundation Scholarships, which are awarded on the basis of examinations held annually in January. Students are entitled to sit the Scholarship examination at any stage of the undergraduate programme, but are advised to do so as Senior Freshmen, as all entitlements under Scholarship are not tenable until the Sophister years.


A first-class performance in the Scholarship examinations is a prerequisite for the award of a Scholarship. No exemptions can be granted from the normal examination and assessment requirements of the Senior Freshman year. This applies even to those who have been awarded a Scholarship in the Senior Freshman year. Similarly, Sophisters who sit the Scholarship examination cannot secure exemption from the Sophister examinations.


Formal notice of candidature forms must be given in the November before the examination is sat, using the application form obtainable from the Senior Lecturer's Office or the Examinations Office, West Theatre. Application forms must be submitted to the Examinations Office in person. Further details about important dates.

Advice on sitting Scholarship examinations

For advice about the content of examination papers, prospective candidates are advised to approach the member of academic staff responsible for coordinating the relevant module.

How a Scholarship examination paper differs from other examination papers

In general the questions on Scholarship papers are more wide-ranging, less closely connected with lectures and tutorials and more difficult to answer without broad reading, presence of mind and a capacity for sustained analysis. Each History paper consists of six questions, of which two must be answered. There is no chronological division of Scholarship papers.