Tough entry requirements, famously difficult interview questions and standardised tests are all required to successfully apply to Oxbridge universities and before applying, students must answer two basic questions about their future:
It is not possible to apply to both Oxford and Cambridge in the same admissions round, so choose one or the other. Some courses are offered at one of the university, but not the other. The deadline for Oxbridge applications is October 15th each year.
While many UK universities may offer students a conditional offer based on specific skills, extra-curricular talent or previous experience, at Oxford and Cambridge it is your academic ability that is the sole interest of tutors and admissions officers.
In order to secure a conditional offer at Oxford you will need A*A*A or AAA at A-level (subject dependent), or 38-40 in the International Baccalaureate, with 6s and 7s in the higher-level subjects.
The standard candidate at Cambridge is expected to achieve A*A*A or A*AA (subject dependent) or 40-42 in the International Baccalaureate, with 776 in Higher Level subjects. Applicants may be required to achieve 7 in a particular subject, depending on individual circumstances.
A huge importance is placed on your personal statement at all UK universities, and Oxbridge schools are no different. Ensure you highlight your academic pedigree and what experience you have – both practical and theoretical – in the subject you are applying to.
Your personal statement will be used as a guide by admissions tutors during your interview, so ensure there is no stone left unturned and you can speak confidently about what is submitted. Academic grades are essential, but high marks alone will not guarantee an interview.
The tutorial system is a particular advantage of Oxbridge, but it is by no means suited to all potential students. Students at Oxford and Cambridge benefit from highly personalised teaching time with experts in their field. Oxford refers to these sessions as “tutorials” while Cambridge calls them “supervisions”. Oxford and Cambridge courses tend to be traditionally academic with formal assessment often entirely based on examinations.
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