oxbridge introduction rmg
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Whether thinking of applying to Oxford or Cambridge, please seek out RMG or NDC to discuss your best choice of college
We will run a coach to Oxford, but the main Cambridge Open Day clashes with the Biology Field Trip
Please see RMG, who will explain how you can book to visit a Cambridge College
4th Wednesday in June by coach
You can usually only book to visit ONE
COLLEGE, but unofficially, you should
have chance to take a look at several
YOU BOOK direct with that college via the
www.ox.ac.uk Go to: ox.ac.uk
Find individual College web site
Individual booking form
Usually 4th Wednesday in June
Submit to the College and follow their
Book your place on the coach via KESpay
Why Just ONE College?
In order to ensure that you get to meet the
right people [and your name registered]
To allow you to speak to the admissions
tutor who may at some stage accept or
reject your application
To give you a good, in depth feel for the
place you may spend three, four or six years
What is a college?
It is where you sleep, eat and socialise
The College forms the centre of your University life
Dining Hall JCR College Room
Factors To Consider
An Academic tutor in your discipline?
Numbers admitted in your subject?
Personal or Family connection?
Central to town?
Near to Academic department?
View from your window?
Whats the schools record with that college??
This is the sort of thing that you are looking for.
The teaching: personal tutorial/supervisions
The collegiate system
Range of students some seriously bright
Is it right for you?
Academic ability really matters: as a very
general guide, 3A grades with top UMS
[>93% in closest A level subject and 90% +
7A* grades at GCSE or thereabouts
Need to be seen as a serious student of your
Other interests count but they must be well
Not the place for all courses.
Oxford or Cambridge?
What course do you want to do?
There are some differences between Oxford
and Cambridge. Both very well regarded.
You MUST read the main prospectus, the
departmental prospectus and the college
How do I find out more?
Prospectus now published
Look at the web sites
A time to do After AS levels you will need to move fast
If you are a potential choral/organ scholar,
then applications in August! [speak to RMG
Otherwise, final decisions a.s.a.p in new
Applications by end of September
NB: You should have already shot-gunned
your college with NDC
Begin the process of research NOW
But be realistic - Dreaming Spires are one thing - getting in is another !
Remember that PQA is always an option, but the two bites approach is not usually successful apply at your peak
You can make this decision once you know your UMS position
Deferred entry is possibly the hardest
route of all because of the Pool system
&Mortgaging of places
Best candidates arent speculative they
apply when everything is in place
When To Apply?
Difficult to predict but no successes below 7A* at GCSE in some years of entry. That said, HAT/ELAT/BMAT etc are extra tests that allow you to prove your potential.
Remember theyre looking for EXCEPTIONAL students not just well-educated ones & they want independent thinkers
Be realistic are you exceptional in your year group?
Dont give up on dreams theres always next year if the AS marks arent up to it
How to prepare
You must be on top of your normal work.
Read widely around your subject and see
your HoD regularly. It is YOUR
Gain necessary work experience.
Get your UCAS form sorted out by July.
Be prepared to work over the summer.
The U6th Autumn Term
It will be very hard work to make the top 2% - dont over commit yourself put your academic work first.
A post A level application may make more sense.
It is a lottery even the best dont always make it
The next slide shows some of the statistical information that is available.
Look carefully at the tables at the back of the prospectus ratios and places
Resum of Which College?
Please speak to RMG or NDC on an individual basis about this - we hold information concerning the schools track record with various colleges over many years
Not all colleges offer all subjects
It is not a good idea to have two students from the same school applying for the same course at the same college therefore the school will need to have an over-view
Your AS results will be the litmus test
So, go forth and work your socks off