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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

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 rooms Tutors’ studies

Library Computer Facilities

Dining Hall Common room

Sports facilities Music facilities

College Students’ Union

  • Base for the core tutorial teaching
  • Most colleges offer places for most subjects
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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
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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
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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’
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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
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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 Offers Late Dec - Early Jan
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Oxford Opportunity Bursary

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

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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 annum Repay 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
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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

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