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Applying to Oxbridge. Gareth Duxbury Student Recruitment Officer [email protected] Learning at Oxbridge Life at Oxbridge – College? Application Finance. Contents. Academic Life. Tutorials / Supervisions Lectures Classes Laboratory work and fieldwork

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Applying to oxbridge

Applying to Oxbridge

Gareth Duxbury

Student Recruitment Officer

[email protected]


Contents

Learning at Oxbridge

Life at Oxbridge – College?

Application

Finance

Contents


Academic life

Academic Life

  • Tutorials / Supervisions

  • Lectures

  • Classes

  • Laboratory work and fieldwork

  • Experienced Tutors

  • Independent learning

  • Provision of world-class resources


College life

College Life

  • 29 at Oxford - 25 at Cambridge

  • College is primarily where students live

    Student roomsTutors’ studies

    LibraryComputer Facilities

    Dining Hall Common room

    Sports facilitiesMusic facilities

    College Students’ Union

  • Base for the core tutorial teaching

  • Most colleges offer places for most subjects


Applying to oxbridge

Choosing a College

  • Specify a College or make an ‘Open’ application

  • Colleges have more similarities than differences

  • Roughly 24% of successful applicants are made offers by a different College to the one that they originally applied (Ox).

  • Factors to consider:

    • Check the college offers your subject

    • Size

    • Style

    • Location

    • Accommodation

    • Specific facilities


Applying to oxbridge

Entrance Requirements

  • Typical offer:

    • A-level – AAA (Ox) A*AA (Cam) (2010 TBC)

    • IB 38-40 (7s & 6s at HL)

  • Entry criteria are purely academic

  • Emphasis is on potential

  • Between 1/5 and 1/6 success rate


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    Tutors Consider

    • Predicted A level grades

    • UMS Scores (Cam only)

    • GCSE results

    • UCAS personal statement

    • UCAS reference

    • Written tests (where required)

    • Written work (where required)

    • Interviews


    An oxbridge personal statement

    An Oxbridge Personal Statement

    Content:

    • Two-thirds – academic

    • One-third – all other aspects of student

    • Style:

    • Concise

    • Honest

    • Clear

    • Simple


    Applying to oxbridge

    Admissions Tests

    Pre interview tests

    • BMAT – Medicine & Biomedical Sciences(Ox) Medicine and Veterinary Science (Cam)

    • LNAT – Law (Ox)

    • Examples of Oxford specific tests

      ELAT – English

      HAT – History

      PPE and Economics and Management

      Physics

      Mathematics & Computer Science

      Experimental Psychology / PPP

  • Some subjects require written work to be submitted

  • Written tests at interview for other subjects (Ox & Cam)


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    Interviews

    • Last between 20-40 minutes normally

    • 2-3 tutors can be present

    • More than one interview

    • May have interviews at other Colleges (Ox)

    • Nearly entirely academic in focus

    • Students should be prepared to:

      • Engage with new and challenging ideas

      • Display intellectual flexibility and curiosity

      • Be pushed to the edge of their ‘comfort zone’


    Applying to oxbridge

    What Are Tutors Looking For?

    • Academic ability

    • Academic potential

    • Independent thought

    • Interest in your subject

    • Commitment to study

    • Selection criteria on the web

    • www.admissions.ox.ac.uk/courses/criteria


    Applying to oxbridge

    How to Apply

    • Complete a UCAS form 15 October

    • Admissions Tests By 4 November

    • Written work Mid - November

    • (Written tests at interview for other subjects)

    • Interviews Early - Mid December

    • Decisions and OffersLate Dec - Early Jan


    Applying to oxbridge

    Oxford Opportunity Bursary

    That’s up to £13,675 for a 4 year course


    Applying to oxbridge

    Financial benefits of studying at Oxbridge

    • University-owned accommodation

    • College scholarships, prizes and awards

    • Subsidised College meals

    • Cheap College entertainment

    • Availability of course materials

    • Cheap transport


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    Repaying the Student Loan

    • Don’t have to pay university fees upfront

    • Tuition Fee and Maintenance Student Loans combined

    • Repay 9% of your salary over £15,000

      • Salary per annumRepay per week

      • £15,000 £ 0.00

      • £20,000 £ 8.65

      • £25,000 £17.30

    • Loans cancelled after 25 years

    • Part-time work during term time


    Applying to oxbridge

    Want to know more?

    • Check our websites

      www.admissions.ox.ac.uk

      www.cam.ac.uk

    • Oxbridge Regional Conferences

      March 2010

    • Open Days

      June & September 2010


    Applying to oxbridge

    Any Questions?


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