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Oxbridge applications - tips from tutors [video]

Applying to Oxbridge? Our student video reporter headed to both Oxford and Cambridge to find out first-hand from tutors what they're looking for in your application...


Cambridge and Oxford application pointers

  • For both Universities, the application deadline is 15 October. Remember, you can only put one on your Ucas form so choose wisely
  • Cambridge requires a Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) to be submitted in addition to your Ucas form, where you'll include details of your AS modules and results. Oxford doesn't, and AS grades and UMS Uniform Mark Scale scores (a standardised way of comparing module marks achieved by students in different exam sittings) aren't a key part of its shortlisting process.
  • Both Universities ask some applicants to submit samples of written work as part of the application.
  • Don't stress if you can't decide on a college you can always make an open application at either University. After the deadline, a computer program allocates your application to a college and it will be treated in exactly the same way as any other application. 
  • Cambridge and Oxford both have central admissions offices, in addition to admissions offices situated within each college.
  • Oxford uses a number of tests before interview. Cambridge will be introducing subject-specific tests university-wide from September 2016 for those applying to begin studying the following Septembere. Learn more about which admissions tests you will have to take. 


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