Map Oxbridge Applications, 14 – 16 Waterloo Place, London, SW1Y 4AR

Our flagship event, the Oxbridge Preparation Weekend, was launched over ten years ago. Over the years we have developed a timetable that ensures applicants receive the most beneficial preparation, at this key moment in the application cycle.

Hosted in an immersive Oxbridge environment in the British countryside, students experience the academic spirit and intellectual interactions that characterise life at an Oxbridge college. Students meet other like-minded applicants as well as former Oxbridge admissions tutors and over a hundred Oxbridge-graduate mentors.

Oxbridge preparation weekend


Five Mock Interviews

Receive five formal mock interviews with trained Oxbridge graduate tutors, including a panel interview

What Admissions tutors look for

Meet with a former Oxbridge admissions tutor for individual advice on the application

Interview Skills Session

Learn interview frameworks and communication methods that can be applied in the real Oxbridge interview

Oxbridge-style tutorials

Learn with other students applying for your course during interactive Oxbridge tutorials

Admissions test

Sit a mock admissions paper in test conditions including the ENGAA, PAT, ELAT, NSAA, TSA, MAT and more

Guide to the Application Process

Make significant academic progress on this all-inclusive and intensive course, free from outside distractions

Arrival from 10.30 to 11.30 – there are shuttle buses from Egham Station at 10.45 and 11.15.

11.30 – 12.30 Welcome talk led by Oxbridge Applications staff followed by a presentation by a former Oxbridge admissions tutor to set the scene for the weekend. During this time, parents are invited to stay following drop-off to hear a presentation by senior Oxbridge Applications staff.

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Students attend workshops on Unseen Material and Lateral Thinking

16.15 Mock Admissions Test say in exam conditions.
If students aren't required to take a centralised admissions test they will have introductory interviews with their tutor for the weekend

19.30 Formal Dinner in classic Oxbridge style which will replicate a ‘formal hall’, an important tradition at both Oxford and Cambridge.

Students work in groups of up to 6 to learn admissions test strategies and prepare for the interview through subject-specific tutorials. They will also practise the unseen material aspect of interview with their tutor, using relevant academic materials. Before the evening's formal dinner, students work with Leadership Coach Waqar Siraj to build their emotional resilience in the context of the admissions process.

Interviews Students have five mock interviews timetabled throughout the day. One interview will be led by a former Oxbridge admissions tutor and one by a panel, to simulate various possibilities for the real thing. The day finishes with an hour-long Q&A panel with guest speakers who have previously run admissions at Oxford and Cambridge.

Oxbridge Preparation Weekend 2021

Contact our Oxbridge advising team on +44 (0)207499 2394 or email at to reserve your place.

Waqar Siraj profile



Students will work with Leadership Coach Waqar Siraj to build their emotional resilience in the context of the admissions process.

Waqar relishes the opportunity to enable transformational change. He excels in performance and transition coaching, as well as leadership facilitation, both in small and very large groups. He has a strong background in the field of emotional and social intelligence as well as Shadow Work and is a often asked to help senior leaders generate deeper levels of insight by designing and facilitating groups with Vertical and Adult development principles in mind.

alicia luba




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 travels to meet clients and schools in the United Arab Emirates, Italy, China, Nigeria and most recently, Oman.

Alison Bissell Oxbridge Preparation Week




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 rejoining us in September 2017.




Theo graduated from Queens' College, Cambridge with a 'starred' Double First degree in Social Anthropology, now part of Human, Social, and Political Sciences. He then trained on the three-year acting course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 2016. Alongside advising at Oxbridge Applications, Theo has performed at theatres such as the Old Vic, the Barbican, and the Oxford Playhouse. He enjoys meeting with young people to guide them on educational decisions, as well as helping them build their communication skills and confidence. Inspired by his work in consulting, he is currently completing an MSc in Psychology at Birkbeck College in London, with the aim to pursue doctoral studies in the future.

Jane Benett



Jane is a graduate of St Hugh’s, Oxford, and was later a fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where she held the position of Admissions Researcher. Her insight into both Oxford and Cambridge University has given her an excellent grounding from which she advises and prepares students for entrance, visiting both universities regularly and talking to admissions and subject tutors in order to maintain an encompassing knowledge of the application process. Jane currently lectures in Mathematics at King’s College, London and Guys Medical School, focusing her energies on helping first-year students bridge the gap between A-level study and university courses. She is a member of Oxbridge Applications’ advisory board.



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. He has advised Oxbridge Applications from its inception, and is integral to our understanding of the Oxbridge application process. 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.

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Our Oxbridge-graduate consultants are available between 9.00 am – 5.00 pm from Monday to Friday, with additional evening availability when requested.

Oxbridge Applications, 14 – 16 Waterloo Place, London, SW1Y 4AR

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