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.

Oxbridge Preparation Days: Make An Enquiry

We run most Oxbridge Preparation Days as Hub Events, hosted by schools who will have more than 20 attendees and inviting students from local schools to join. Full details on how these events work are below. To enquire about your students attending an event or your area, or running an Oxbridge Preparation Day in your school, contact our Schools Team.

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booking an oxbridge preparation day

If you would like to book students onto an Oxbridge Preparation Day, contact our Schools  team for guidance on availability and to book. Contact us on +44 (0) 207 499 2394 or email schools@oxbridgeapplications.com

In order to make our events possible for schools, we are organising the majority of our Oxbridge Preparation Days as Hub events in your local area.

This allows us to cater to schools with small numbers of applicants and enables us to bring the number of tutors required to deliver highly subject-specific tuition to your students. Hub events also 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 be interested in sending your Oxford, Cambridge, medical and law school applicants to one of our Open Hubs, get in touch with our Head of Schools to make an inquiry. We can work with you to adapt our support to your requirements and resources.

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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.


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. Alternatively, depending upon the needs of your students, we can provide a Personal Statement Workshop, in which students will analyse examples of successful past statements, considering the content and language that made them exceptional, and building an initial structure for their own.

‘Tackling questions’ Workshop.

Students are 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. They’ll consider: was the answer logical and easy to follow? Did the student apply knowledge as well as demonstrate academic potential? Was there a valid argument / clear conclusion / formula used? Did the student give examples to back up their points? Was it interesting and innovative?

Mock Interview.

Examples will be given of how to answer interview questions, both on paper and in front of the class. In the afternoon, each student will receive a one-to-one, 20-minute, subject-specific mock interview with a specialist in their chosen subject. They may be asked to comment on a text, article, source, graph or image. They are assessed on their passion, aptitude for the subject, response to new ideas, lateral thinking, teachability and communication. 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.

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 is now a member of the Oxbridge Applications Board of Advisers. Read his profile here.