The Oxbridge Preparation Weekend is the only residential study course designed solely to prepare applicants for making an undergraduate Oxbridge application.

Over the course of three days, you will work with Oxbridge-graduate tutors in your subject to improve your ability to communicate confidently in your subject area. We help you to hone the skills which Admissions Tutors look for in outstanding applicants, helping you to present your best self at interview.

Taking place in the Autumn half-term, in the crucial six week window prior to the Oxbridge interviews, the Oxbridge Preparation Weekend will give you the foundation from which you can continue to enhance your interview skills and Admissions Tests preparation.

Book your place

Dates: Friday 26th October – Sunday 28th October 2018
Address: De Vere Beaumont Estate, Burfield Rd, Old Windsor, SL4 2JJ
Timings: 12.00 noon Friday 26th October – 5.30pm Sunday 28th October 
Price: £1,995


 

If you would like more information about our 2018 event, please get in touch with our consultants using the contact details below.

+44 (0)207 499 2394

info@oxbridgeapplications.com

 

Meet other Oxbridge-calibre candidates in a mini-Oxbridge environment
The only course to feature one-to-one time with Former Admissions Tutors
Six mock interviews with Oxbridge-graduate tutors to develop confidence

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Maximum group sizes of 6
Tutorials with graduates in your subject
Intensive Admissions Test support

 

How the Oxbridge Preparation Weekend can forward your application

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Programme

The Weekend runs from Friday to Sunday. We expect students to arrive between 10.00am and 12.00 noon on Friday, and departure on Sunday will be from 5.30pm.

Friday

Arrival from 10.00am-12.00 noon

There are shuttle buses from Egham Station at 11.00am and 11.30am.

Talk from a former Oxbridge Admissions Tutor and parent talk

Applicants will hear from a former Admissions Tutor on what Oxbridge interviewers will be looking for in applicants, while parents will learn the best ways to support their child’s Oxbridge application.

Admissions  Mock Test

If  applicants have an Admissions Test, they will sit a mock test in exam conditions. These will be marked with the students in a session focused on the main improvements points to work towards.

Lateral Thinking Project Sessions

For those applying for subjects that don’t have an Admissions Test, the Lateral Thinking Tutorial will teach them how to think outside the box and how to work on Oxbridge-level problems.

Initial Interview 

This will take place with the applicant’s mentor for the weekend, who will be able to give them specific guidance over the course.

Formal Dinner

Replicating the traditional Oxbridge style, applicants will experience a formal dinner with fellow attendees and tutors.

Saturday

Subject Tutorials

Small group learning in the style of an Oxford tutorial or Cambridge supervision, led by an Oxbridge-graduate subject specialist.

Communication Skills Session

One of the most important parts of the interview is the ability to communicate confidently. With a communications expert, students will learn how to enhance their unique communication style and present their ideas in an academically confident manner.

Themed Dinner

A classic Oxbridge style dinner, replicating a ‘themed formal’, an important tradition at these Universities.

Sunday

Five Mock Interviews

No matter how outstanding an applicant is, their first interview is unlikely to be better than their fourth, sixth or tenth attempt. To ensure students are prepared for the real thing, they will be interviewed by a former Oxbridge Admissions Tutor, as well as receiving three subject-specific interviews (one on the Friday), a general interview, and a panel interview. This provides applicants with a thorough range of interview experience.

Awards Ceremony

A review of the Weekend and a celebration of students’ achievements.

Departure at 5.30pm

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Dukes Medical Applications Students

Students applying for Medicine will have a medical tutor as their group leader. Their subject interviews on Sunday will be replaced with four multiple mini interviews (MMIs).  

Feedback on the Oxbridge Preparation Weekend

  • I just wanted to say how helpful I found those few days. It was so inspiring and fantastic preparation. My mentor was brilliant and, while the last day of interviews was really challenging, I definitely feel better equipped to deal with the real thing. Thank you so much for such a great experience!

  • Thank you for what was firstly a great experience and secondly a very informative course. I now feel much more confident about the rest of the application process and also my chances of obtaining an offer. Whether I obtain an offer or not I feel the advice you have given has really helped my development, in both an educational and wider sense.

  • While being taught by experts provided me with important tips & information, interacting with the fellow applicants gave me a taste of student life at the university level – I gained some interesting acquaintances whom I look forward to studying with at university.

  • The interviews were challenging but surprisingly enjoyable. They have given me new confidence.

  • [The tutorials were] really interesting, covered a wide range of question types, which was very helpful in practicing structures. Holly was very interesting, friendly and encouraging and helped me to think more originally and broadly.

  • Engaging, interesting, enjoyable.

  • [My tutor] made it very easy to understand complex legal concepts by going through it in logical steps.

  • [The tutorials] were very interesting and helped with my interview. [My tutor’s] enthusiasm led me to explore new areas.

  • I particularly found the interview practice tutorial useful in helping me to decode questions and structure my answers.

Location

Address

De Vere Beaumont Estate,
Burfield Rd,
Old Windsor,
SL4 2JJ

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Public transport

Railway

Beaumont Estate is closest to Egham Station. From London, the quickest route is to take the South Western Railway from London Waterloo to Egham. The Estate is a short 10 min taxi journey from the station, but we also provide a shuttle bus to take students from the station to the venue.

Car

From central London, the quickest route is the M4 to Staines-upon-Thames, before taking exit 13 from the M25.  Follow the A30 and A308 to Old Windsor, where the Estate is located.

 

WHAT’S ON OUR PREPARATION WEEKEND?


 Six mock interviews

These interviews are conducted by a panel, a former Admissions Tutor, subject-specific tutors and general tutors, and are 30-40 minutes long each.


 Meet former Oxbridge Admissions Tutors

One-to-one contact with an Oxbridge Admissions Tutor which replicates the Oxbridge interview experience.


 Oxbridge-style tutorials

Inspiring Oxbridge-graduate tutors to push applicants beyond sixth-form study and onto undergraduate material.


 Mini-Oxbridge environment

De Vere Beaumont gives students a feel for Oxbridge-style living.


 Interview skills session

Communication session with a communications expert, teaching students how to express themselves confidently.


 Admissions test support

Preparation for Oxbridge Admissions Tests with our test experts, including an unseen, realistic mock test and feedback from a test expert.


 What Admissions Tutors are looking for

Barry Webb – an experienced former Oxford Admissions Tutor – gives insight on what Oxbridge look for in a student.


 Strategic timing

Preparation is optimised for the run-up to interviews, with applicants having a month after the Weekend to work on new skills.


 Communication skills

Practise speaking confidently in small-group sessions, mirroring the tutorial and supervision systems of Oxbridge.

Meet A Consultant

Barry Webb, former Oxbridge Admissions Tutor

Barry presentingBarry Webb is a former Admissions Tutor and tutor in English at Oxford University. He is also a former member of the Joint Oxford & Cambridge Admissions Council and has worked with Oxbridge Applications since its inception. Barry’s decades-long tenure with Oxford University means that students get an unparalleled insight into what qualities and attributes the universities seek in applicants.