The Schools and Colleges Liaison team regularly visits schools and colleges throughout the UK, attending higher education and careers fairs and delivering a range of higher education progression talks and workshops to Sixth form students and their parents. Contact us to find out which activities we can deliver to you and your students.
Higher education and careers fairs
We attend higher education and careers fairs throughout the UK for students in Years 11, 12 and 13. A highly trained team of staff or our experienced student ambassadors will be available to advise students and their parents on the opportunities available at King’s, student life, and applying to us. If you are organising your school or college’s higher education or careers fair, please contact us as soon as you have a date!
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.
We can offer talks, workshops and activities for year 11, 12 and 13 students to help prepare them for the transition to university.
Talks and workshops
You can arrange a talk or workshop for your year 11, 12 and 13 students to help support their journey to university. We can tailor talks to meet your specific needs, and can offer them during school hours, or at parents’ evenings.
Depending on demand, we may be able to offer talks in the following areas:
choosing A level subjects (Year 11)
choosing a course (Year 12)
applying for competitive courses (Year 12/13 and parents)
UCAS applications and personal statements (Year 12/13)
getting ready for university: arriving and surviving (Year 13)
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.
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.
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 Cambridgetells 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