Make your Oxbridge application super savvy
If you’ve got excellent grades, passion for your subject and a love of learning, Oxford or Cambridge could be the perfect place to study for your degree – and nothing should stop you from applying by Sunday 15th October.
Check out our guide to boosting your chances by making a savvy application. We start by busting some Oxbridge myths.
Some myths you might have heard about Oxbridge and why they’re wrong:
- “It’s not for me, I won’t fit in” – 63% of Cambridge undergrads starting a course in 2016 came from a state school, and 58% for Oxford.
- “I won’t get in, there’s no point in applying” – Over a quarter of UK undergraduate applicants were offered a place at Cambridge for 2016-17, and 20% of Oxford applicants.
- “I’m no good at interviews” – You should certainly practice interviewingat school and home and make sure you’re prepared, but interviewers know how to see through the nerves to recognise potential and passion.
- “Interviewers like to throw rugby balls at candidates” – No they don’t.
If you’re not convinced, you can take a look in detail at Oxford’s andCambridge’s admissions stats to see figures for gender, ethnicity, region, disability and more.
Be savvy to boost your chances of getting in:
You can improve your chances of getting a place by being savvy – here’s how to do it.
- Choosing a university: You can apply to either Oxford or Cambridge, but not both. Cambridge has a better overall success rate for applicants.
- Choosing a college: Cambridge and Oxford are made up of different colleges, and you can apply to one or submit an open application to any. Look at application numbers and success rates for each college to boost your chance of getting an offer.
- Choosing a course: If you’re still deciding which subject to study, you can see the number of applicants who apply for individual courses to see how competitive each subject is.
Always do your own research before applying, and think carefully about your personal priorities. Never choose a subject you’re not that interested in just because you think you might get a place.
Making your application:
- Apply through UCAS: Include your college on your UCAS application as normal. Make sure you apply by the Oxbridge deadline of 15th October.
- Extra tests or applications: You might need to do an extra test or fill in a separate application form depending on your subject – check your department’s website to find out. Cambridge will email you a link to a questionnaire after you apply through UCAS.
- Interviews: Your college will write to let you know whether or not they’d like to interview you. Interviews usually take place in the first few weeks of December.
- Pooling: If you’re not accepted by the college where you interviewed, you may be “pooled”. That means other colleges get the chance to look at your application and invite you to another interview after Christmas.
Selwyn College Arts and Humanities Taster Event
Selwyn College will be hosting an interdiscipinary taster day for year 12’s (or equivalent) interested in the arts and humanities, on 29th June 2016. Come and see what it’s like to study History, Art History, Italian, Archaeology, Anthropology, Film, and Linguistics at the University of Cambridge. At this Arts and Humanities Taster Day themed around Italy, you will travel (virtually) through the peninsula with University of Cambridge scholars as your guides.The day will involve a number of lectures, discussions, and an interactive session in one of the University of Cambridge’s museums. Overnight accommodation will be available to those travelling long distances, and those wishing to attend the University of Cambridge Open Day on 30th June. To be eligible to apply applicants must; be in year 12 (or equivalent), attend a state school or college, and be on track to achieve results that make them a competitive Oxbridge applicant. Applications are now open, and the closing date for applications is Wednesday 25th May 2016. For a programme and application form please go to http://www.sel.cam.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate/access-outreach/upcoming-events
Year 13 students at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls have achieved another outstanding set of A level results. A remarkable 91% of examinations were graded at A*-B and an even more impressive 68% of results graded at A*-A. The A*-E pass rate was 100%.
An impressive 78 girls (just under half of the cohort) achieved A* or A in all subjects and 13 students achieved A* grades in all of their subjects.
Students have also had stunning success with university entry, with 14 girls accepted by Oxford and Cambridge.
Stephanie Gill, Principal of Altrincham Grammar School for Girls said “I am incredibly proud of all of our students and they should be congratulated for achieving such remarkable results. They are testament to the commitment and hard work of our students and the incredible support they receive from their teachers.
“The staff, governors and I congratulate our students on their hard work throughout their time at AGGS, and wish them all the best for the future as they move onto further education and employment. I look forward to hearing about their successes in the years to come.”
AGGS is part of the Bright Futures Educational Trust whose mission is to provide a first class education for all young people.
Dame Dana Ross-Wawrzynski, Executive Head of Altrincham Grammar School for Girls and CEO of the Trust said: “Justin Kelly, Chair of the School Governors and of the Trust, and I send our warmest congratulations to the students. This is another fantastic achievement for the school and we are extremely proud –myself and the team at Bright Futures would like to extend our congratulations to all students and staff for their dedication and hard work.”