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The Oxbridge Preparation Weekend is the only residential study course designed solely to prepare applicants for making an undergraduate Oxbridge application.

Health & Safety Measures 

We will be following Government COVID-19 guidance, and the procedures in place at the venue, as well as our own measures to ensure that all attendees have a safe event.

The measures we are following are:

  1. Social distancing of at least one metre between all attendees (students, staff and tutors)
  2. Hand gel and wash will be available and circulated throughout the event, and used at the start and end of every session
  3. Reduction in congestion of attendees in venue halls and walkways.

Over the course of three days, you will work with Oxbridge university-graduate tutors in your subject to improve your ability to communicate confidently in your subject area. We help you to hone the skills which Admissions Tutors look for in outstanding applicants, ensuring you can present your best self at the interview.

Taking place in the Autumn half-term, in the crucial six-week window prior to the Oxford and Cambridge interviews, the Oxbridge Preparation Weekend will give you the foundation from which you can continue to enhance your interview skills and Admissions Tests preparation.

Our Oxbridge Preparation Weekend provides a positive environment for Oxbridge applicants to explore their strengths and weaknesses. This allows them to make mistakes and get a better understanding of each aspect of the application process with tutors who have recently graduated from Oxbridge universities.

Our preparation weekend is an excellent opportunity for applicants looking to make their Cambridge or Oxford application. Our tutors looking forward to welcoming you.

To book, please call our team on +44 (0) 20 7499 2394

 

Oxbridge Preparation Weekend

Date

From Friday 23rd October 2020 To Sunday 25th October 2020
Places Available

Address

De Vere Beaumont Estate, Burfield Rd, Old Windsor, Windsor SL4 2JJ

Timing

-
Price
£2,100

Programme

The Weekend runs from Friday to Sunday. We expect students to arrive between 10.30am and 11.30am on Friday, and departure on Sunday will be from 5.00pm.

Friday

Arrival: 10.30am-11.30amThere are shuttle buses from Egham Station. All students are expected to have registered with the Oxbridge Applications team by 11.30am.
Talk from a former Oxbridge Admissions Tutor and parent talk | 11.30 -12.30am

Applicants will hear from a former Admissions Tutor on what Oxbridge interviewers will be looking for in applicants, while parents will learn the best ways to support their child in applying to Oxford or Cambridge.

Communication Session and Approaching Unseen Content | 1.15pm - 4.00pmOne of the most important parts of the interview is the ability to communicate confidently. With a communications expert, students will learn how to enhance their unique communication style and present their ideas in an academically confident manner.
Admissions Test | 4.15pm - 7.15pmIf applicants have an Admissions Test, they will sit a mock test in exam conditions. These will be marked with the students in a session focused on the main improvements points to work towards.
Formal Dinner | 8.00pm - 10.00pmReplicating the traditional Oxbridge style, applicants will experience a formal dinner with fellow attendees and tutors.

Saturday

Group Marking, Strategy Discussions and Subject Tutorials | 9.00am - 1.15pm 2.15pm - 6.30pmIf taking an admissions test, you will devise a strategy for approaching the test with your tutor. This will include the best way to manage time, the content that is crucial to gain high marks, and which areas of your preparation you need to focus on. You will have a subject tutorial in small groups, designed to mirror an Oxford or Cambridge tutorial and give you a the chance to practice your subject knowledge in an academic setting, as well as build your subject-knowledge.
Themed Dinner | 7.45pm - 10.00pm

A classic Oxbridge style dinner, replicating a ‘themed formal’, an important tradition at these Universities.

Sunday

Group Discussions, Interviews and Panel Interviews | 10.30am - 1.30pm 2.30pm - 5.30pmNo matter how outstanding an applicant is, their first interview is unlikely to be better than their fourth, sixth or tenth attempt. Students receive four interviews: subject-specific interview, a general interview, a Former Admissions Tutor interview and a panel interview. This provides applicants with a thorough range of interview experience.
Departure | 5.30 - 6.00pm

What happens at an Oxbridge Applications Event?

WATCH THE VIDEO

Students applying for Medicine will have a dedicated graduate in Medicine tutor as their group leader. Their subject interviews on Sunday will be replaced with four multiple mini interviews (MMIs) to help applicants understand Medicine entry requirements.

FEEDBACK ON THE OXBRIDGE PREPARATION WEEKEND

We just wanted to thank everyone involved for the excellent Oxbridge Preparation Weekend. Simon has said how much he feels he gained from it, and how well it was organised by the Oxbridge Applications team. I am sure it was also of real benefit to Simon to spend some time amongst other Oxbridge candidates who are all going through the same process and challenges! I found the Parents Session very informative, and Alicia imparted a lot of very useful information to ensure we understood the next stages, and to help us support Scott over these next few weeks. Our thanks again. I would be grateful if you could pass my email to all involved.

PARENT FOLLOWING A PREPARATION WEEKEND, 2019

Poorti loved, loved, loved her weekend and I just want to thank you all for the experience you just gave her.No matter what happens, you lift people and I'm so grateful. I know its a paid for service, but the care, professional help and support you give is priceless in my view. Would recommend you every time.

PARENT FOLLOWING A PREPARATION WEEKEND, 2019

I just wanted to say how helpful I found those few days. It was so inspiring and fantastic preparation. My mentor was brilliant and, while the last day of interviews was really challenging, I definitely feel better equipped to deal with the real thing. Thank you so much for such a great experience!

STUDENT FOLLOWING A PREPARATION WEEKEND, 2017

Thank you for what was firstly a great experience and secondly a very informative course. I now feel much more confident about the rest of the application process and also my chances of obtaining an offer. Whether I obtain an offer or not I feel the advice you have given has really helped my development, in both an educational and wider sense.

STUDENT FOLLOWING A PREPARATION WEEKEND, 2017

While being taught by experts provided me with important tips & information, interacting with the fellow applicants gave me a taste of student life at the university level – I gained some interesting acquaintances whom I look forward to studying with at university.

STUDENT FOLLOWING A PREPARATION WEEKEND, 2017

The interviews were challenging but surprisingly enjoyable. They have given me new confidence.

STUDENT FOLLOWING A PREPARATION WEEKEND, 2017

The tutorials were really interesting, covered a wide range of question types, which was very helpful in practicing structures. Holly was very interesting, friendly and encouraging and helped me to think more originally and broadly.

STUDENT FOLLOWING A PREPARATION WEEKEND, 2017

Engaging, interesting, enjoyable.

STUDENT FOLLOWING A PREPARATION WEEKEND, 2017

My tutor made it very easy to understand complex legal concepts by going through it in logical steps.

STUDENT FOLLOWING A PREPARATION WEEKEND, 2017

The tutorials were very interesting and helped with my interview. My tutor’s enthusiasm led me to explore new area

STUDENT FOLLOWING A PREPARATION WEEKEND, 2017

I particularly found the interview practice tutorial useful in helping me to decode questions and structure my answers.

STUDENT FOLLOWING A PREPARATION WEEKEND, 2017

Location

RAILWAY

Beaumont Estate is closest to Egham Station. From London, the quickest route is to take the South Western Railway from London Waterloo to Egham. The Estate is a short 10 min taxi journey from the station, but we also provide a shuttle bus to take students from the station to the venue.

CAR

From central London, the quickest route is the M4 to Staines-upon-Thames, before taking exit 13 from the M25.  Follow the A30 and A308 to Old Windsor, where the Estate is located. The event is a 15-minute drive from Heathrow Airport and a 1-hour drive from Gatwick Airport.

What's on our preparation weekend?

Six mock interviews

These interviews are conducted by a panel, a former Admissions Tutor, subject-specific tutors and general tutors, and are 30-40 min

Oxbridge-style tutorials

Inspiring Oxbridge-graduate tutors to push applicants beyond sixth-form study and onto undergrad

Interview skills session

Communication session with a communications expert, teaching students how to express themselves confidently.

Meet former Oxbridge Admissions Tutors

One-to-one contact with an Oxbridge Admissions Tutor which replicates the Oxbridge interview experience.

Mini-Oxbridge environment

De Vere Beaumont gives students a feel for Oxbridge-style living.

Admissions test support

Preparation for Oxbridge Admissions Tests with our test experts, including an unseen, realistic mock test and feedback from a test expert.

What Admissions Tutors are looking for

Barry Webb – an experienced former Oxford Admissions Tutor – gives insight on what Oxbridge look for in a student.

Strategic timing

Preparation is optimised for the run-up to interviews, with applicants having a month after the Weekend to work on new skills.

Communication skills

Practise speaking confidently in small-group sessions, mirroring the tutorial and supervision systems of Oxbridge.

Many of the Oxbridge Applications team are also Youth Mental Health First Aiders

Meet A Consultant

Barry Webb, former Oxbridge Admissions Tutor

Barry Webb

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 – 5.30 pm seven days a week, with additional evening availability when requested.

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