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Northgate Oxbridge Event

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Lynn Featherstone

on 11 February 2011

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Oxford and Cambridge Explained Lynn Featherstone
Admissions Officer
Christ Church
Oxford Collegiate universities Research universities What we have to offer Faculties Libraries Labs Science parks Teaching and Learning University-based teaching:
Field trips/language courses/study visits
Exams College-based teaching:
Director of Studies
Personal Tutor College life Just Accommodation? Societies Sport Music & drama What do we look for in students? What don't we look for? Interest in subject Appropriateness for course Enthusiasm Motivation, commitment, organisation Intellectual flexibility Clarity of thought, analytical ability Vocational/professional commitment (where relevant) People from a particular type of background, school or postcode People who will ‘contribute to college life’ People with particular social skills People who will ‘fit in’ The Application Process Complete UCAS online application by 15 Oct Sit pre-interview test (early Nov) Submit written work (mid Nov) Attend interviews (early/mid Dec) 2nd interviews (Cambridge only, early Jan) Decisions & offers (late Dec/early Jan) Predicted A level grades
AS results
GCSE results
UCAS personal statement
UCAS reference
Admissions tests (if set)
Written work (if required)
Written test at interview (if set)
Interviews The Interview Academic, subject focused discussion: a mock tutorial or supervision; a two-way conversation about:
your current academic work at school or college
relevant wider reading or work experience
issues related to your subject visible in the wider world
new ways to apply your existing knowledge to previously unseen problems How can I prepare for my interview? The Outcome Typical offer:
A-Level: A A A (Oxford) A*AA (Cambridge)
IB: 38-41 (with 6 or 7 in specified subjects at higher level) Success rate is c. 20% / 25% Oxford & Cambridge are not the only fruit ... Investigate courses Choose A-level options carefully, developing your interests and knowledge Explore your subject Talk to your teachers and get their support Work hard! Come to an Open Day Keep in touch www.ox.ac.uk/admissions www.cam.ac.uk/admissions Academic and social communities Learning, teaching and research at all levels - undergradautes, postgraduates, lecturers, tutors and professors Colleges are responsible
for admitting students to
Oxford and Cambridge What next? ... Challenging, stimulating and academically focussed courses Top-rated teaching by top-rated lecturers Unique system featuring extensive small group teaching Supportive and friendly collegiate structure Superb facilities Unparalleled levels of student support Choosing a course Theoretical courses Independent study Assessment Career options Support and Welfare Academic and pastoral
Counselling services
Disability Resource Centre/Disability Office
University and college students' unions Financial
University bursaries
College awards, grants and prizes Facts and Figures on average, 4-5 applicants per place c.18,000 students male:female ratio c. 50:50 highest retention rates in UK 55% / 57% undergraduates from UK state schools Over 100 libraries; over 11 million books; 80,000 magazine titles; 300 miles of bookshelves More than 10,000 computer terminals Museums in Art, History of Science, Natural History and Anthropology £2 billion of science facilities Resources Teaching methods Some career prospects? ... Applying to Oxford or Cambridge
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