Oxbridge Q&A

Following An Evening With Oxbridge we asked our OxNet Felix Slade to answer your questions. We will update this Q&A as and when we have been asked more questions regarding Oxbridge / Russell Group applications.

No, it wouldn’t at all. You might also want to consider doing another subject for AS – a language or something like English Literature or Philosophy would be good.

Biology and Chemistry are an absolute must. Other than that, sciences look good but aren’t totally necessary.

Yes! I still have it now. Even students that attended independent schools have imposter syndrome at Oxbridge. The important thing to remember is that if you get into Oxbridge, you are a remarkable student and you deserve to be there. Don’t let this put you off applying!

Work experience is essential. Start trying to arrange this sooner rather than later, as Vet Science courses have a minimum number of hours of work experience you need to have completed before applying. Also keep an eye out for online lectures or workshops being offered by universities, as this will feed into your application and enhance your chances of being accepted.

Chemistry and Maths would be a good match, but not essential.

Many universities will accept these qualifications although for Russell Group universities, there is usually a preference for A levels – Criminology is often viewed as a vocational course. For this reason, you should consider three academic A levels in order to broaden your application. At Priestley, you may take four subjects in year 1 – giving you both possibilities.

To a certain degree, yes. We take individual circumstances into account for the Graduate, so please don’t fret too much if there is anything impeding your capacity to get an average grade of 7 at GCSE this year.

Pre-med is a good fit for those wishing to apply for Biomedical Sciences, so yes.

A Levels are the traditional route for progressing on to degrees at Russell Group universities. This is particularly true for courses that are competitive, like Engineering. You would be in a much stronger position studying Physics, Maths and possibly Further Maths. The Engineering (OCR cert) is useful for students who may not a very strong profile of GCSEs, prefer continuous assessment yet still want to pursue a career in this field.

In normal times, absolutely! We have a close relationship with both Pembroke College, University of Oxford, and Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge.

The focus of Oxford and Cambridge personal statements needs to be 80% academic and 20% extra curricular. Focus on things you’ve read, lectures you’ve attended, and anything you’ve done that demonstrates your infatuation with the subject you want to study. When writing about what you’ve read, make sure you include: what exactly you read; what you found interesting; what further questions you had about what you read; and what you did to find out the answers to these questions.

Usually, you would apply to a specific college, who take responsibility for your admissions process. You may also submit an open application, which means a college will be allocated for you. There is no particular advantage or disadvantage to selecting a college or being allocated one.

To work in Finance and Banking, there is no specific degree requirement. Employers like good degrees from good universities. Study what you are interested in at A Level, ensuring you are sitting academically rigorous A Levels, and this will create a pathway to working in finance and banking. Languages, in particular, are considered well for anything with an international dimension like this.

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