Learn how to prepare your application to Oxford or Cambridge

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Oxbridge Preparation

Bucksmore has partnered with Oxford International College, one of the UK’s top-ranked schools for A-level results and university application success, to bring you the perfect programme for international students wanting to apply to Oxford, Cambridge and Russell Group Universities.

The two-week course is designed to prepare students with the best possible chance of successfully applying to the UK’s top universities. The syllabus will focus on the two ‘Oxbridge’ Universities, but will also include aspects relating to applying to the UK’s top 30 institutions. Students are given full study materials and will have at least three personal 1-to-1 supervisions with their tutor, to ensure their university application is progressing appropriately.

The course is fully residential in an historic Oxford University college. As well as the study element, there are excursions and activities as part of the programme, and full travel insurance is provided. Airport transfers are available. 

St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford

St Edmund’s Hall is one of the earliest institutions of Oxford University and was originally founded as a medieval ‘Hall’, a place where pupils could live and study, in the thirteenth century. It has a claim to be the oldest academic community ‘in any university’ and is the last surviving medieval hall. It was granted full college status in 1957 and first admitted women in 1979. It is well-positioned on Queen’ Lane, just off Oxford High Street. Its splendid mixture of medieval and more modern buildings make it an evocative venue for our Oxbridge Preparation students, who live and work within the college during their stay.

Course Content

This innovative course has a syllabus designed by educationalist Yasmin Sarwar, co-founder of Cardiff Sixth Form College, and now Oxford International College’s Chief Education Officer. She has developed a wide reputation for providing expert support in the skills that are essential to a successful application. The main topic areas are :

• Aptitude testing and careers advice. This helps students to determine where their strengths lie, and which courses are likely to suit them best for their chosen career

• Interview techniques and preparation. The interview is a key part of the selection process at Oxford and Cambridge and this topic helps students prepare and gain confidence.

• Personal statement writing. Each application includes a concise personal statement and help is given to maximise the impact of their statement, highlighting their strengths and experience. 

• Understanding what attracts university offers. Students should know what top universities are looking for and this gives insights into the priorities of admissions staff.

The course is intended for students who are serious about attending a UK university. An upper-intermediate level of English is required (B2) and the age range is 16 – 18. 

Sample Timetable

Week 2MorningAfternoonEvening
SundayLeadership WorkshopExcursion: Carfax Tower and OxfordActivity: Punting
MondayWriting personal statements1:1 Supervisions: Personal statement FeedbackDebating Workshop
TuesdayExcursion: LondonExcursion: LondonExcursion: London
WednesdayMock admissions testExcursion: Oxford University CollegesGuest lecturer
ThursdayAdmission testUCAS masterclassFormal dining
FridayFeedback Oxbridge
Interview Simulation
1:1 Class supervisionGraduation

Accommodation & Activities

St Edmund’s Hall offers a splendid setting and an aura of history and scholarship. All students have comfortable rooms in college, and are given breakfast, lunch and dinner in the dining hall. Common room and recreational facilities are available to our students. There is wifi throughout the college and a laundry service provided weekly. On excursion days a packed lunch is provided. 

A visit to one of the historic Oxford colleges takes place on an afternoon each week and there is also a weekly visit to famous Oxford landmarks, such as the Carfax Tower and the Sheldonian Theatre. A weekly excursion takes place, normally to London, which gives an additional perspective to each student’s stay. There are  evening activities such as debating, helping students to develop their speaking skills, and more recreational events, such as punting or ice skating. 

At the end of the course, a formal graduation ceremony is held in college, at which students receive a report card and graduation certificate. 

Programme Dates & Tuition 2020

St Edmund Hall, Oxford University

Two-week courses available : 28 June – 11 July; 12 July – 25 July



The price per week (for students 16-18) at Oxbridge Preparation is £2,250; ($2,900 for US students)

Included in Course Fees

Prices are fully inclusive, meaning that the only money students need to bring is for souvenirs!