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Applying to Oxford, Cambridge and other competitive UK universities

As part of this Masterclass on studying at the highest level in the UK, our partners from Greene’s College, Oxford presented an introduction to applying to Oxford, Cambridge and other competitive UK universities; this will be followed by an extensive question and answer session. The session covered:

  • A brief introduction to the UCAS application process;
  • What competitive universities are looking for in successful candidates;
  • Suggested timelines for a successful university application;
  • Hints on how to construct the perfect Personal Statement to help your application stand out;
  • Aptitude/admissions tests – why universities use them, what they are looking to test and how to prepare for them;
  • Why universities interview, what interviewers are looking for and common mistakes to be avoided;
  • The 3 Ps of university preparation – planning, preparation and persistence.

The session will be particularly interesting for students who wish to attend the top UK universities.

Greene’s is Oxford’s oldest tutorial college and has over 50 years’ experience of preparing students for admission to leading universities. Joining us from Greene’s was:

Grant Connor, Academic Director

Grant is an alumnus of Magdalen College, Oxford, where he read for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Modern Languages (French) and, later, for the Master of Philosophy degree, specialising in post-deconstructive French philosophy. As the Greene’s Academic Director, he oversees the college’s university applications process.

The session will be particularly interesting for students who wish to attend the top UK universities.

2 May 2024

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