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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

OXBRIDGE EVENTS FOR STUDENTS WHO LIKE TO THINK WELL AHEAD



 One trait shared by many successful Oxbridge applicants is the ability to think ahead. A Year 12 student aiming for a degree course starting in 2019 should therefore start engaging with the Oxford or Cambridge course prospectus right now. Not only does it spell out the formal entry requirements of each course in terms of A-level subjects and grades  (thus clarifying a student's real options), but it also lists the wide range of careers which this may lead to. As some course names  (think Land Economy or Materials Science) will mean very little to parents, this could reassure them that you are making a sound choice.

To both help you with the choice and enable you to become a suitable applicant,  Oxford and Cambridge also run a huge number of introductory events, often combining a general introduction with a course-specific taster talk, plus some questions and answers. Future applicants also get a chance to quiz current students about their experience. Some events  include funding information or a college tour. While most of these (usually free) events take place in the summer months, students may need to apply or just register for them very soon. Note the application deadlines!

https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/visiting-and-outreach/open-days?wssl=1

·       CAMBRIDGE OPEN DAYS (5th and 6th July 2018)
https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/events/cambridge-open-day-2

(Cambridge also runs course-specific DEPARTMENTAL OPEN DAYS between March and September.
https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/events/department-open-days.
Again, events  are free but booking may be required.)

 https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/events/masterclasses
                Held throughout the year, these are stimulating, course-specific talks by university
                academics which include Q&As and admissions advice. There is a £20 charge,  but the
                events are very good value. Past attenders even attributed their success to them.

                 http://www.uniq.ox.ac.uk
                These are entirely free, residential, course-specific summer schools which 
                combine intensive learning with tours and social activities. Aimed at high-achieving 
                state school students, priority is given to disadvantaged applicants and those 
                living in areas in areas with low progression to higher education. 
                (Applications are now closed).

                 https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/events/summer-schools
                These academically intensive, free one week courses held in individual colleges   
                enable state school students to engage in intensive study, interspersed with 
                tours and social activities. Applicants need five or more 6-9 grades at GCSE or 
                5 credit passes at  Standard Grade.

 http://www.lmh.ox.ac.uk/prospective-students/foundation-year
Year 11 students thinking even further ahead may want to explore the 
FOUNDATION YEAR run at     Oxford's Lady Margaret Hall for able applicants 
from disadvantaged backgrounds.

·      EVENTS FOR BAME STUDENTS
        Lastly, special events for BAME students, a still much under-represented group, 
                are now  run  under the umbrella of TARGET OXBRIDGE by 
                Rare Recruitment Co. UK.
                Email: Will.Smith@rarerecruitment.co.uk
                Tel. 020 3846 0350.

Readers will find yet more suggestions on how to prepare for the Oxbridge admissions 
process in my best-selling guide, OXBRIDGE ENTRANCE: THE REAL RULES. 

GOOD LUCK!

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