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OXBRIDGE Oxbridge. Why apply to Oxbridge? Two of the best universities in the world Employability The Collegiate system Outstanding teaching Outstanding.

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1 OXBRIDGE Oxbridge

2 Why apply to Oxbridge? Two of the best universities in the world Employability The Collegiate system Outstanding teaching Outstanding facilities £: accommodation/financial support/resources Wealth of extra-curricular opportunities No more competitive than other leading universities A BHASVIC track record of success: 57 places over the last 3 years

3 Application timetable Research courses/Open Days Read recommended texts Begin work on Personal Statement Research other universities – 4 required – aim for a range of offers BHASVIC deadline – mid-September UCAS deadline for Oxbridge – mid-October Submit requested work Sit required tests Interviews – beginning December Offers – Ox. in late December, Cam. in early January Cambridge Pool – by end of January Final acceptance through UCAS - May

4 Approach to Admissions either/or – not both CAMBRIDGEOXFORD GCSE scores (in context) AS grades and UMS marks Personal Statement Reference Submitted work 1 day of interviews (x per place per subject) Tests at interview Offer or Winter Pool (further interviews?) GCSE scores (in context) AS grades Personal Statement Reference Submitted work Pre-interview tests Up to 3 days of interviews (3 per place per subject) Offers (Initial college or other)

5 Two areas of particular interest Course choice: crucialCollege choice: not crucial Significant differences between O. & C. in course substance Investigate requirements Think flexibly – the full range of courses on offer Subject specific Open Days Substantial advice on pre- application reading etc. ‘Super-curricular’ knowledge Focus for Personal Statement Admissions procedures seek to iron out the ‘distortions’ of popular colleges Offers are frequently made by non-first choice colleges Status of ‘open’ applications Avoid ‘Hogwarts’ mentality No particular pattern to BHASVIC success College-specific Open Days

6 Common misconceptions & FAQs GCSE scores: 8A*s+3As average this year AS marks: very important for Cam. Tests: do not require ‘teaching’ but student understanding Little direct weight is given to extra- curricular activities: “Brains on legs” – Personal Statement will need 80/20 split One Personal Statement for 5 universities Other universities – possible to apply for different courses Being an undergraduate at Oxbridge is not expensive An application to Oxbridge is not disliked by other leading universities

7 At BHASVIC we aim to be inclusive and supportive but also realistic: ‘Students, don’t under-sell yourselves but equally Oxbridge is not the be-all and the end-all’ Any questions?


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