- “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.
- 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.
|New degree apprenticeship with PwC launched|
|The University of Leeds has partnered with PwC – one of the UK’s largest graduate employers – to create a new fully-funded technology degree apprenticeship. Starting in September 2018 BSc Computer Science (Digital & Technology Solutions) will initially accept 40 students onto the four year course which combines undergraduate study with practical work-based projects at PwC in Leeds.
The University and the professional services firm have worked closely to develop a syllabus which prepares students with the right skills for the future, in an area which is becoming increasingly in demand. Find out more.
Winter Sports Company are gap year specialists. Each year school leavers enroll on our programs and spend their year out gaining valuable ski or snowboard qualifications and work experience. Our shortest courses are just 3 weeks long, but most guests enjoy an entire season with us – either on a residential course or on our extremely popular internships. On an instructor internship, guests spend 3 weeks training to be a ski or snowboard instructor, once qualified they start working in a guaranteed job, in a world class resort. Students can join us with as little as 2 or 3 weeks on-snow experience, and we are currently recruiting for interns to join our 2018 program.
We’re holding a meet and greet in the Manchester area, at Chill Factore, on 9th and 10th September 2017. Book a no obligation appointment today on our website.
If you would like a brochure to display in your school, please respond to this email with a mailing address.
Gap Year Options
Instructor Internships – A ski or snowboard instructor internships allow students to train to be a level 1 instructor and then get paid to work as an instructor for the winter. Internships are available in Canada and New Zealand, visit our website for information on how to apply.
Instructor Courses – Ski and snowboard instructor courses are a great alternative gap year. Becoming a ski or snowboard instructor during a year out not only looks amazing on a student’s CV, but also allows them to work in ski resorts across the world once qualified. Winter Sports courses take place throughout the year in Europe, Canada and New Zealand.
Ski Patrol Courses – Ski patrol is the mountain emergency service and on this course students will learn all about mountain safety, rescue, incident prevention and much, much more.
Previous students have spent the remainder of their gap year instructing in resorts around the world including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Europe and even the snow dome in Dubai. There are also opportunities to work at one of the many UK indoor snow centres.
Detailed information about our courses can be found at www.wintersportscompany.com and friendly advice provided on 01736 763402.
FREE, 3 Day Politics and International Relations Summer School, here at Lancaster University.
Places at the event will be determined by completion of the application form, (at the bottom of the attached document) and successful individuals will be invited. While all Year 12 A Level students can enter, a number of places will be reserved for students from Widening Participation (WP) backgrounds. The deadline is now 21st July.
Call for Applications from 16 – 17 year olds
3 day FREE Residential Research Workshop
30th and 31st August & 1st September 2017 at Lancaster University
Young People’s Event
Each year (around June) the Membership Team hosts a Young People’s Open Day. Over the years, around 2,550 young people with their teachers, friends and parents have attended and not only gained an insight into our organisation, but also discovered more about career opportunities in the NHS, volunteering and work experience in our hospitals in addition to receiving health and well-being advice from our health experts. If you would like to find out more, please contact the Foundation Trust Membership Office.
Young People’s Event 2017 – Tuesday 27th June
Our eighth annual interactive Open Day will be held on:
- Tuesday 27th June 2017 from 10.00am to 3.00pm in the Nowgen Centre, Grafton Street, M13 9WU (near Manchester Royal Infirmary). Click here for directions.
As well as stands covering NHS careers ranging from Nursing and Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Cancer Care, Medical Photography, Medical Engineering, IT and many more, there will also be brand new stands for 2017. These include Children & Young People’s Nursing Education, Radiology, Cardiac Physiology, Vascular and Urgent Care Medicine.
Popular interactive sessions this year include learning how to do CPR (basic resuscitation), accident prevention, beating the bugs that can cause serious infections, using microscopes to identify cells, checking blood pressure and finding out more about diseases of the circulation, including veins and arteries.
Delegates can also get plenty of information and advice about looking after their mental and emotional health, dental and eye care and healthy eating, as well as finding out about how to become a volunteer in our hospitals or join our Youth Forum.
Popular interactive sessions this year include learning how to do CPR (basic resuscitation), accident prevention, beating the bugs that can cause serious infections, using microscopes to identify cells, checking blood pressure and finding out more about diseases of the circulation, including veins and arteries. Attendees can also participate in the popular interactive activities provided by our plastering team!
We are also keen to hear views about health services for young people, and encourage young people to get more involved by becoming members of our Foundation Trust. Our Membership Team and Governors (membership representatives) will be available to talk to attendees about the benefits of being a young member.
Date Monday 5th June 2017
Time 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Venue Room X and Y, Worsley Building, University of Leeds.
Interested in a career in medicine? Ethical scenarios form a big part of the interview process and also constantly crop up through medical training and your career. This workshop will give you the opportunity to get to grips with clinical, ethical questions with guidance from medical students.
LMEA Medicine Summer School (non-residential)
Apply at: www.wanttobeadoctor.co.uk – LMEA Summer School
Date Monday 24th July to Friday 28th July 2017 inclusive (you must be available to attend every day)
Time 9.30am – 4.30pm each day
Venue Worsley Building, The University of Leeds
Interested in a career in medicine? The Leeds School of Medicine Summer School is delivered by current medical students. Each day focuses on a topic ranging from paediatrics, primary care and public health, to basic life support, acute medicine, cancer care and end of life decisions. The diverse and important range of subjects are taught using case discussions and actively involves students through task based learning. Key aims of the event are to develop transferable skills such as self-directed learning, presentation skills and to also provide information to enable students to make an informed decision about whether or not to pursue a career in medicine.
Students who attended last year reported a greater awareness and insight into medicine and an increased commitment to studying medicine. This was reflected in the vibrant atmosphere and student engagement throughout the week.
Application opens Monday 22nd May 2017 and closes June 9th 2017
Confirmation of places will be made by June 13th 2017
Management & Law Taster Days for any students interested in business, accounting or law.
Management Taster Day
Date and Time: Wed 14 Jun 2017, 09:45 – 15:00
Law Taster Day
Date and Time: Wed 14 Jun 2017, 09:45 – 15:00
Our assessed summer school is for students who have applied to the University of Bradford and have accepted us as their Conditional Firm (CF) or Insurance (CI) offer.
If they attend and pass the assessed summer school, they will earn 12 UCAS points towards their firm or insurance choice application at the University of Bradford.
The School of Journalism is having a practical open evening for their BA (Hons) Journalism degree in Manchester on Thursday, June 15 from 7pm-9pm
The opening evening will be hosted by our award-winning editors and training team, giving students a glimpse into the industry and the sort of training they’d receive at The School of Journalism.
Both parents and students are invited to the two-hour session including a talk from our managing editor and a Q&A with our heads of journalism and training team.
Students will also get the chance to participate in a range of practical broadcast and news writing exercises to see if journalism, and our hands-on training, is for them – followed by feedback and careers advice.
If students would like to attend or have any questions, they can call 0208 545 1662.