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2018-07-30 11:56:40

How to enter Cambridge and Oxford

How to enter Cambridge and Oxford

According to the English proverb, the tree is judged by its fruits, the person by its business, and by the school by the universities where its graduates enter.
The highest aerobatics in the world is considered to be the admission to Oxbridge. This is the most famous brand, formed by merging the names of two universities -Oxford and Cambridge .
Despite the famous joke that it's enough for an admission to catch a rugby ball for an interview, getting to Oxbridge is not so easy. Until recently, these universities accepted only selected young people from the upper strata of society. Now there can go not only a hereditary aristocrat, but also a representative of any social category.

An effective A-level system really helps

The British authorities have done a great job of democratizing admission to Oxbridge, despite the resistance of the staff of these oldest universities. The introduced entry preparation system A-level played an important role, making the reception rules more simple and understandable. In addition, it is really effective: students gain confidence, they begin to speak freelyEnglish and show their abilities and skills in the best way by the time of passing the A-level exams.

Only Oxbridge? Are you sure that it will suit you?

Most students who successfully passed the A-level exams, fueled by parental ambitions, consider the universities of Oxford and Cambridge to be the only possible educational institutions that guarantee a brilliant career and high incomes.

This view is somewhat untrue. The fact is that some of Oxbridge's academic programs are academic and lagging behind the times, the criteria for selecting students are too strict, and the admission rules narrow the range of opportunities for admission.

In addition, no diploma in the world guarantees a successful career and wealth - it all depends on the graduate. Therefore, it is worthwhile to evaluate soberly your possibilities: the university duet is still intended only for the best.

If all the same Cambridge and Oxford ...

When a firm decision is made to select these universities, their study specifics should be studied:

  • the nature of teaching is strictly oriented;
  • consultations with teachers take place in very small groups or individually;
  • training is very intense;
  • The amount of work is simply huge.

If all this does not frighten the entrant, but only makes him happy, besides he has high school scores and solid academic knowledge, the chances of entering Oxbridge are great.

There are options

However, not all 18-year-olds have such a sense of purpose. Young people want not only "to study, learn and learn," but also to enjoy all the privileges of youth. Yes, and a clear understanding of their interests and goals at this age, the majority is not sufficiently formed. In this case, it is better to choose a university with more democratic admission rules and a greater degree of freedom, for example, Universities of the Russel group.

How to enter the top universities

The best schools in Britain prepare students for admission in two ways: they form a portfolio of works and train in behavior at a university interview, organizing special role plays.

In many schools, preparation for Oxbridge and other HEIs has been introduced as a separate subject, and the curriculum takes into account the characteristics of each institution.

Guarantees of income none British school can not provide. But if you start training as early as possible in a school with a good academic reputation, the chance of entering Oxbridge increases significantly.

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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