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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