If you are considering applying to Oxford or Cambridge from overseas, a Private Consultation with an Oxbridge admissions expert is the best possible way to build a bespoke plan for preparation that will help you maximise your chances of winning a place. Book your consultation by contacting our consultants on:
Alicia Luba, Head of Consultancy, BA English Language and Literature, Oxford
Alison Bissell, Head of Oxbridge Applications, BA Maths and Philosophy, Oxford
Potential applicants to Oxbridge should ask themselves the following questions as early as possible:
1) Am I of an academic standard that is high enough to be successful in an Oxbridge application?
2) What can I do to prepare, so that I show myself to be an outstanding candidate at each stage of the application process?
Private Consultations offer candidates and their families the opportunity to gain research-led answers to these questions. Run by an Oxbridge-graduate admissions expert, a Private Consultation begins with a subject-specific mock interview to assess the candidate’s current strengths and areas for improvement. Following this, candidates receive full feedback, all of the information they need to prepare themselves for the application steps ahead, and a bespoke strategy for preparation.
COMMON AREAS COVERED IN A PRIVATE CONSULTATION
When a student decides that they want to apply to Oxford or Cambridge, they immediately encounter a range of questions. A Private Consultation is an opportunity to get expert, detailed answers based on our 19 years of research to questions like these:
Which university should I apply to? How should I choose between Oxford and Cambridge?
How do I compare to others in my position? Am I as good as other students applying?
Which specific degree would suit me? How would different course choices affect my chances of success?
What’s the difference between the colleges? Do I stand a better chance at some rather than others?
How can I prepare myself properly for the interviews? What will I be asked – and why?
How can I draft a UCAS form and Personal Statement that appeals to Oxford or Cambridge Admissions Tutors?
How can I prepare for the TSA, ELAT, HAT, PAT, LNAT, Cambridge Law Test, BMAT exam, or any of the other admissions tests they might throw my way?
Applying to Cambridge or Oxford is a more complicated process than many other UK universities, with the additional challenges of interviews and admissions tests. Understanding how to improve your chances of getting into Oxbridge requires both a thorough understanding of the admissions process, and a strategy for preparation that will help you put your best foot forward at every stage.
Structure of a consultation
A 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.
Book a consultation
Private Consultations cost £295 and can take place in our central London offices or over Skype™. For a Personal Statement or Admissions Test focused session, there is a supplementary charge of £55 (£350). Simply ask the consultant booking your appointment if you would like an extended session.
All bookings are taken over the phone with a consultant. There is a list of appointments below, but if these do not suit your schedule, we will endeavour to accommodate you at another time. These sessions are most suitable for students over 15 who are achieving highly in school exams.
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
SUCCESSFUL PREMIER SERVICE APPLICANT, 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
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
The Premier Service is our most comprehensive
programme of long-term, tailored support.
To help you maximise your chances of an Oxbridge place, we couple practical, expert guidance at each stage of the application with a one-to-one academic mentoring programme and intensive tutoring and practice at our special events.
Joining the Premier Service
To begin the process, contact one of our consultants to book a Private Consultation. The Premier Service is tailored to each individual student and we only invite students to join whom we feel will most benefit from long-term support. Typically, Premier Service Clients begin working with us from up to two years before the application, to around September, just before the interviews.
The Oxbridge acceptance rate for our International Premier Clients is 40%, compared to an average of 11% for international Oxbridge applicants.
The key to this success is our personalised, one-to-one approach, which allows us to develop the academically mature and independent students that Oxford and Cambridge are looking for.
One of our Premier Tutors who studied your chosen subject at Oxford or Cambridge will mentor you – giving you the chance to develop your academic interests, and begin studying like an undergraduate in a setting just like that of the Oxford ‘tutorial’ or Cambridge ‘supervision’. Immersion in one-to-one tuition with an expert at an early stage develops mature communication skills when dealing with intellectually challenging concepts, and has a huge impact on the success of our applicants.
Our applicants also benefit from our substantial experience and research. Oxbridge Applications is supported by an advisory board of former Oxford and Cambridge Admissions Tutors – the best sources of insight into what the universities are looking for. They feed back to our network of Tutors and Consultants, each of whom also have successful experience of the admissions system.
To explore whether the Premier Service is the right choice, most applicants begin with a Private Consultation, during which a tailored programme will be drawn up to provide you with full support.
THE PREMIER SERVICE PROGRAMME
One-to-one Academic Mentoring
Tuition with an Oxbridge-graduate in your subject throughout your application, developing your subject-knowledge, communication, and academic strength
Personal Statement Support
Your mentor and former Admissions Tutors will work closely with you to help you draft a strong personal statement, ensuring that your points are correctly weighted to suit Oxbridge
University, Course & College Selection
Drawing on research, internal knowledge, individual colleges’ admissions statistics and your preferences, we will develop a shortlist of colleges that we believe are best suited to you
An opportunity to work on your confidence and communication skills: an essential asset for your application to Oxbridge, as well as other universities and future job interviews
Admissions Test Preparation
If your course requires an admissions test, you will receive one-to-one tutorials with our test experts, have full access to our mock tests, and receive an invite to one of our Admissions Test Day courses
Further mock interview practice on both our Interview Preparation Days and Oxbridge Preparation Weekend
FIND OUT MORE
Our Oxbridge-graduate consultants are available between 9.00 am – 5.00 pm from Monday to Friday, with additional evening availability when requested.
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