OPD BrochureFor schools or consortiums seeking specialist support with applying to Oxbridge, the first step is to book one of our Oxbridge Preparation Days. This one-day programme of intensive preparation involves our team of Oxbridge-graduate tutors working with your students in small subject groups. They will cover the full span of the application process – from university choice to Oxbridge interview training, weighted to provide extra guidance in any areas of particular need.


Booking an Oxbridge Preparation Day


If you would like to book your Oxford, Cambridge, medical and law students onto an Oxbridge Preparation Day, get in touch with our schools team.

Contact us on +44 (0) 207 499 2394 or email schools@oxbridgeapplications.com

In order to make our events possible for schools, we organise the majority of our Oxbridge Preparation Days as Hub events in your local area. Hub events expose students to potential competitors in a positive environment, pushing them slightly further out of their comfort zone and creating an even more realistic interview experience.

If you would like to make a private booking, please contact our consultants on +44 (0)207 499 2394 or email info@oxbridgeapplications.com.

We can work with you to adapt our support to your requirements and resources.
The list of current Open Hub days are listed below.

Current open hub locations

 

DateLocationHost School
10th June 2017LondonFrancis Holland
24th June 2017WorcestershireMalvern St James
30th June 2017LondonSt Michael’s Catholic Grammar School
5th July 2017CheshireFallibroome Academy
25th August 2017CardiffCardiff Sixth Form College
26th September 2017WiltshireMarlborough College (Interview Preparation Day)
16th November 2017KentBenenden School

Oxbridge Preparation Day Programme

Below is a more detailed description of our programme, which we can adapt to your pupils’ needs, and to any special requirements of the venue.

To view an example Oxbridge Preparation Day proposal, click here.

Introduction

tutor 5Our Oxbridge-educated consultant will guide students on our research into what the Admissions Tutors are really looking for, how to prepare for and excel at Admissions Tests, the types of questions and tasks they might come up against, and the importance of successful communication skills in demonstrating ability and motivation at interview. 

‘Tackling questions’ Workshop

Students will be split into subject groups, in which our tutors pose questions to the group, challenging their academic ability and lateral-thinking skills. Taking it in turns to give answers to the group, their peers will then give feedback, highlighting good points and areas to improve upon. 

Mock Interview 

A 20-minute interview based on our research into interviews at Oxbridge in each subject last year, with a trained Oxbridge graduate. Full interview feedback is provided for each student, focusing on how to make the most of their strengths and improve areas of difficulty. This ensures that the preparation is not just for that day, but carries on up until their interview.

Former Admissions Tutor Talk

Applicants will recieve a seminar with a highly experienced former Oxbridge Admissions Tutor gives students insight on what Oxbridge tutors want to see in a potential student. Barry Webb, a former Admissions Tutor and Tutor in English at Oxford University, will share unparalleled insight into what qualities and attributes the universities seek in applicants. 

Personal Statement Workshop/Interview Skills Workshop

As suited to your school’s needs, we recommend one of two practical workshops at different stages of the year, offering focused preparation on immediately upcoming challenges. 

Mini Mock Tests: Admissions Tests

Students will get early exposure to a variety admissions tests including BMAT, ELAT, HAT, TSA, PAT, MAT, Languages, and Law Tests.

We can adapt this programme to your pupils’ needs and any special requirements of the school, so please do get in touch. Contact us on +44 (0) 207 499 2394 or  email schools@oxbridgeapplications.com

Peter Boursnell MBE (Founder & Director of ‘futureHigher’)

There is absolutely no doubt that the students have gained a huge amount from the Oxbridge Preparation Day. In particular it has boosted their confidence before attending interview (a situation which otherwise could have been totally alien to them). The feedback from the students has always been hugely positive and you only have to talk to them on the day to see how much they have gained from it. 

I know that Oxbridge Applications are keen to develop this model of working with clusters of state schools in other areas / local authorities. I can only recommend the event to anyone interested

Peter Boursnell MBE.

Peter was a member of the Oxbridge Applications Board of Advisers.