That Oxford Girl: A Real Student’s Guide to Oxford University #books #Oxford #edchat #UCAS

Ever wondered what it’s like to study at Oxford University? Former student and famous blogger Tilly Rose, a.k.a. ‘that Oxford girl’, gives you all the insider tips on what to expect at one of the world’s top universities.

Follow Tilly as she steers you through everything – from applying to Oxford, choosing a college, and preparing for interviews, to college life, the different societies and student events on offer, and coping with study commitments.

This is a fun and accessible guide, packed full of quirky illustrations and beautiful photographs of the colleges and the city itself, giving you a truly unique insight into what it’s really like to be a student at Oxford University.

What do I need to get into Oxford or Cambridge? #UCAS #Oxbridge

In short, not necessarily. You’ll come across Oxbridge students who don’t (but don’t be shocked to meet quite a few who do).

While every individual application should be treated on its own merits, there are a few boxes you should tick to keep your Oxbridge hopes alive…

1. Get good grades

Yes, your grades will need to really dazzle. GCSEs are seen as evidence of work ethic – and you need a really strong one of those to cope with studying at Oxford or Cambridge. Our ‘guesstimate’ is that the average successful applicant has around eight A* GCSEs – or 8/9 grades under the new system – under their belt.

Don’t have top GCSE grades? You might still have a chance – find out more with our helpful guide to the importance of your GCSE results.

And of course you need the A-level grades that Oxford and Cambridge ask for, for a given course – search for a course to see what these are exactly, as there can be some extra requirements or conditions. Our guide to the real story behind entry requirements sheds some light on what these are.

As per recent changes to A-levels, these are the grades you achieve in your final exams at the end of Year 13 (but you’ll apply with predicted grades based on your Year 12 performance). So expect for these to be scrutinised alongside your GCSE grades, plus any admissions tests the university requires you to take – more on this below.

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Getting into Oxbridge: 7 things students wish they’d known before applying to Oxford and Cambridge University #Oxbridge #University

If you’re considering applying to Oxford or Cambridge, there are a few things you’ll already be aware of. The Boat Race, the Bullingdon Club, and the infamous May Balls to name but a few. What you may not be prepared for is the horror show of the admissions process. From drafting a personal statement that shows off your subject knowledge, to prepping for the famously tough interviews, the application experience can be gruelling.If you’re considering applying to Oxford or Cambridge, there are a few things you’ll already be aware of. The Boat Race, the Bullingdon Club, and the infamous May Balls to name but a few. What you may not be prepared for is the horror show of the admissions process. From drafting a personal statement that shows off your subject knowledge, to prepping for the famously tough interviews, the application experience can be gruelling.

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Getting into Oxford & Cambridge 2019 Entry #Oxbridge #University #Education

Do you want to study at one of the most prestigious universities in the country? To succeed in your application to Oxford or Cambridge, you not only need to secure top grades, but also demonstrate real commitment to and enthusiasm for your subject, with admission based on your academic potential alone.

Updated annually to include all the vital details of the latest admissions procedures, and packed with essential advice to help you win one of the fiercely sought-after places at Oxbridge, Getting into Oxford and Cambridge tells you everything you need to know to get on to the course of your choice. It will also give you a good idea of what it’s really like to study there.

With practical, step-by-step guidance, the book will lead you through every step of the application process, including:

  • Full profiles of each college and advice on choosing the best one for you
  • Invaluable guidance on writing an effective UCAS personal statement for Oxbridge
  • Ways to shine at interview, with advice and tips from current students
  • Details of the written tests you will face prior to or during interviews, with sample questions
  • Case studies and sample personal statements from successful Oxbridge applicants

Founded in 1973, Mander Portman Woodward (MPW) is one of the UK’s best-known groups of independent sixth-form colleges, with centres in London, Birmingham and Cambridge. MPW has one of the highest number of university placements each year of any independent school in the country. It has developed considerable expertise in the field of applications strategy and has authored Getting into guides covering entrance procedures for many popular university courses