The Oxbridge Applications team led by former Oxford Admissions Tutor, Barry Webb, deliver their internationally renowned lecture ‘How to apply to Oxford or Cambridge’ at schools around the world. 

At each tour location, our tutors will provide Private Consultations for families, where students can get Admissions Test practice and subject-specific interview experience. This is also a chance for students and parents to ask any questions they might have about the Oxbridge personal statement, college and course choice, and the experience of attending Oxford or Cambridge. The Private Consultation is an opportunity for both families to receive expert, face-to-face advice from our Oxbridge-graduate consultants in a convenient location. 

Current tour locations

February 2019BeijingChina'Aspiring to World Class Universities and Oxbridge' Talks
February 2019Hong KongRepublic of China'Aspiring to World Class Universities and Oxbridge' Talks
March 2019Singapore'Aspiring to World Class Universities and Oxbridge' Talks
March 2019Malaysia'Aspiring to World Class Universities and Oxbridge' Talks


Book a consultation

Private Consultations cost £295. For the Private Consultation with Admissions Test support, which we highly recommend, there is a supplementary charge of £55 (£350). Simply inform the consultant booking your appointment if you would like the Admissions Test option.

Applying to Oxford and Cambridge can be extremely daunting, especially when applying from abroad. Through meeting with one of our expert consultants, students will receive invaluable experience and advice on the applications process.

All bookings are taken over the phone with a consultant. If you are interested in the Admissions Test support package, please specify which Admissions Test you will need.  These sessions are most suitable for students over 15 who are achieving highly in school exams.

Ring us on +44 (0)207 499 2394

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Structure of a consultation

pctableA Private Consultation is divided into three key sections:

  • Subject-specific mock interview. In a one-to-one interview environment, we will assess a student’s communication, subject-knowledge and potential to study their subject at university using real past interview questions.
  • Parent consultation. Following the mock interview, we will ask the student to leave the session in order to discuss their performance with the family. This is also a chance to ask questions you may have about any aspect of the application process.
  • Evaluation and next steps. As a group, we will discuss a strategy for developing the student’s skills in each area of the application process.

For the extra admissions test support option, then the Private Consultation will also include:

  • A shorter, concentrated version of the Admissions Test you will need to take at, or before, interview. You will also be able to go over the test with your consultant, and receive invaluable feedback before proceeding with the rest of the session.

Private Consultation Testimonials

  • We were both impressed with… the guidance [you were] able to offer. Your organisation is highly professional and personal; no wonder you lead the market.

    Parent following a consultation, 2018

  • ‘We thought the consultation was super-helpful for us and we’ve spoken to a number of friends already – it’s totally worth it. I couldn’t have found a better place to land. You have my full endorsement. ‘

    Parent following a consultation, 2018

  • I thought it was a most impressive session which [my son] got a lot from. Very much worth every penny. Thank you.

    Parent following a consultation, 2017

  • Thank you also for all your brilliant help, it made the whole process far less daunting.

    Student following a consultation, 2017

  • Many thanks for your time on Saturday and for the detailed feedback. All of us found the session highly informative and useful. You provided invaluable information and advice to [my daughter] which I know she has already started to take on board.

    Parent following a consultation, 2016

  • Thank you for all this information, we are finding it very helpful indeed . . . the consultation and swift feedback has been invaluable in seeing where [my son] is currently at and what he needs to focus on improving. He has a lot to do but it is great now to have a clear vision of what they will be looking for. 

    Parent following a consultation, 2015

  • I am delighted to have met you: you are indeed an inspiration to the youngsters whom you mentor . . . my experience with Oxbridge Applications has always been very good, and I’m confident that the coming year will be exactly the same.

    Parent following a consultation, 2014

  • Thank you for the professional and positive session with [my son] last night. He went home very motivated and inspired.

    Parent of a successful Oxford applicant, 2014

Our International Team

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Barry Webb, Former Admissions Tutor

Barry 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. Barry currently teaches Master’s-level students at Oxford, having previously been a visiting professor in the USA and Japan. Barry’s decade-long tenure with Oxford University means that students get an unparalleled insight into what qualities and attributes the universities seek in applicants. Barry will be giving talks at various schools around the globe, and will be available afterwards to field questions about the admissions process. 

Alicia Luba, Consultancy Director

Alicia holds a first-class degree in English Literature from St Hilda’s College, Oxford and also an MA in Shakespeare from Kings College, London. She has been consulting with students, schools and parents for Oxbridge Applications since 2013, specialising in the Arts and Humanities subjects. She regularly takes on her own Premier Service students as well as conducting the initial Private Consultations in the London office or around the globe. Alicia has travelled to meet clients and schools in the United Arab Emirates, Italy, China, Nigeria and most recently, Oman.

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Alison Bissell, Head of Oxbridge Applications

Alison read Mathematics and Philosophy at Pembroke College, Oxford. She began working with Oxbridge Applications as a tutor and has maintained this role alongside her other work since 2012. As a consultant with Oxbridge Applications, Alison has conducted hundreds of mock interviews and consultations with students both in the UK and around the globe, travelling to schools in the Middle East and Far East. She has also worked in corporate roles within government, before re-joining the team at Oxbridge Applications. Alison is passionate about working with young people to encourage their ambition and help them realise their full potential.  



Also Featuring

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Dr Jon Tabbert, Dukes US Applications Managing Director

Jon’s unique professional and personal background enables him to offer students a rich and varied profile of expertise across the full range of US higher education institution types. Over the last 20 years, Jon has worked with many of the best schools in the UK, as well as lending an expert voice to major US admissions conferences and organisations, such as his extensive work with the Fulbright Commission. 

Do I need to take an admissions test?

For many international applicants, the Oxbridge Admissions Tests are a source of great confusion. Below, we have compiled a list of subjects that require pre-interview Admissions Tests, however it is always worth checking thoroughly with the university, as some subjects may have other requirements such as submitted work, or in some cases, unique personalised Admissions Tests. 

Admissions TestOxford Subjects
BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT)Medicine,
Biomedical Sciences
Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) OxfordEconomics & Management,
Experimental Psychology,
Human Sciences,
Psychology, Philosophy & Linguistics (PPL),
Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE),
Psychology & Philosophy

Chemistry, History, Economics (only Section 1)
Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT)All Law courses
Modern Languages Admissions Test (MLAT)All Modern Languages and Linguistic courses (including joint courses)
History Aptitude Test (HAT)Any History subject (including joint courses)
Classics Admissions Test (CAT)Any Classics subject (including joint courses)
Oriental Languages Aptitude Test (OLAT)Oriental Studies, Classics and Oriental Studies, European and Middle Eastern Languages, Religion and Oriental Studies.
Physics Aptitude Test (PAT)Engineering, Materials Science, Physics and Physics and Philosophy
English Languages Admissions Test (ELAT)Any English course (including joint courses)
Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT)Any Computer Science course (including joint courses),
Any Mathematics course (Including joint courses)
Admissions TestCambridge Subjects
BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT)Medicine
English Languages Admissions Test (ELAT)English
Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) CambridgeLand Economy
Cambridge Law Test (CLT)Law
Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic Admissions Assessment (ASNCAA)Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic
Asian & Middle Eastern Studies Admissions Assessment (AMESAA)Asian & Middle Eastern Studies
Engineering Admissions Assessment (ENGAA)Chemical Engineering (via Engineering) and Engineering
Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment (NSAA)Chemical Engineering (via Natural Sciences),
Natural Sciences, Veterinary Medicine
Economics Admissions Assessment (ECAA)Economics
Geography Admissions Assessment (GAA)Geography
History Admissions Assessment (HAA)History, History & Politics, History & Modern Languages
Human, Social & Political Sciences Admissions Assessment (HSPSAA)Human, Social & Political Sciences
Psychological & Behavioral Studies Admissions Assessment (PBSAA)Psychological & Behavioral Studies

We strongly recommend that every international student sits our mock admissions test as part of our Private Consultation. Please let us know which admissions test you will need to sit when you book over the phone or via email, and we will make sure to bring it with us when we visit your city. 


Want to find out more?

To see how you can attend our international school talks, or schedule a Private Consultation:

Ring us on +44 (0)20 7499 2394 

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