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Aspiring to Oxbridge

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If you want to know how to apply to Oxford or Cambridge University and what the differences between them are, have a look at this presentation.

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Aspiring to Oxbridge

  1. 1. Acorn House College MAY 2016 ASPIRING TO OXBRIDGE
  2. 2. BA THEOLOGY, OXFORD REBECCA WILLIAMS • Regent’s Park College, 2007 - 2010 • Head of Oxbridge Applications
  3. 3. INTRODUCING OXBRIDGE
  4. 4. OXFORD & CAMBRIDGE HOW ARE THEY DIFFERENT? Collegiate system o Residence and accommodation o Teaching (Tutorials and Supervisions) o Social life o Course choice • Oxford has 31 Undergraduate Colleges and Cambridge 29 • Contact time with tutors • Short terms
  5. 5. SHOULD I APPLY?
  6. 6. OXBRIDGE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS • Engineering Science, Oxford, (A*A*A) – St Edmund’s Hall • Classics, Cambridge, (A*A*A), Pembroke College • Medicine, Cambridge, (A*A*AA), Jesus College • Human Sciences, Oxford, (AAA), open offer from Keble College • History, Oxford, (AAA), Lady Margaret Hall • Economics, Cambridge, (A*AA), Queens College GCSEs: Generally 5A*s minimum Typical A-Level offer: Oxford - AAA or A*A*A; Cambridge – A*AA (Arts and PBS) or A*A*A (Sciences)
  7. 7. • Academic ability AND potential • Motivation - genuine subject interest and curiosity • Good fit between the applicant and the course • Vocational commitment where appropriate (e.g. Medicine, Veterinary and Medical Sand Architecture) GRADES ARE ONLY ONE PART OF THE JOURNEY
  8. 8. OXBRIDGE ALUMNI – COURSE & UNIVERSITY? Margaret Thatcher, Chemistry, Oxford David Attenborough, Natural Sciences, Cambridge Naomie Harris, HSPS, Cambridge Stephen Hawking, Physics, Oxford then Cambridge JRR Tolkien, Classics then English, Oxford Mel & Sue, Languages (Mel), English (Sue), Cambridge
  9. 9. WHAT CAN I DO TO MAXIMIZE MY CHANCES?
  10. 10. CHOOSING YOUR COURSE
  11. 11. CHOOSING A COURSE…..THERE ARE MORE THAN YOU THINK Fine Art/History of Art Land Economy Oriental Studies Philosophy and Theology Archaeology and Anthropology Experimental Psychology Classics and English Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) Mathematics and Statistics Around 30 undergraduate courses at Cambridge and 50 at
  12. 12. CHOOSING A COLLEGE
  13. 13. CHOOSING A COLLEGE
  14. 14. OTHER KEY INFORMATION
  15. 15. ADMISSIONS TESTS
  16. 16. THE OXBRIDGE INTERVIEW
  17. 17. THE INTERVIEW • Why do Oxford & Cambridge interview? • Who is interviewing you? • What are you being judged on? • Who gets in?
  18. 18. “HOW MANY PIANO TUNERS ARE THERE IN NEW YORK?”
  19. 19. “WHAT HAVE YOU READ RECENTLY THAT YOU DISAGREED WITH?”
  20. 20. SUMMARY
  21. 21. You are here Today-Summer September October-December January - March THE APPLICATION PROCESS Assess your eligibility and motivation to apply Research the different courses available Attend university open days and sort out work experience Shortlist universities and courses that are right for you Write your personal statement Re-draft your personal statement Submit your UCAS form (15th October in some cases) Prepare for and sit an admissions test (if applicable) Submit your written work (if applicable) Prepare for interview Have your interview(s) and further tests (if applicable) Test results and interview outcome
  22. 22. IMMEDIATE PRIORITIES • Start answering the following 3 questions: 1. WHAT do I want to study? 2. WHY do I want to study this? 3. WHERE do I want to study? • Begin looking at university prospectuses (including alternative ones) • Carry out extra reading outside of the syllabus • Attend open days in the summer
  23. 23. HOW WE CAN SUPPORT YOU FURTHER
  24. 24. QUESTIONS?
  25. 25. THANK YOU We are happy to answer any further questions you have.

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