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Oxbridge applications - tips from tutors [video]

Applying to Oxbridge? Our student video reporter headed to both Oxford and Cambridge to find out first-hand from tutors what they're looking for in your application...

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More Cambridge and Oxford application pointers

  • For both Universities, the application deadline is 15 October. Remember, you can only put one on your Ucas form so choose wisely
  • Cambridge requires a Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) to be submitted in addition to your Ucas form, where you'll include details of your AS modules and results. Oxford doesn't, while AS grades and Uniform Mark Scale (UMS) scores  a standardised way of comparing module marks achieved by students in different exam sittings aren't a key part of its shortlisting process, either.
  • Both Universities ask some applicants to submit samples of written work as part of the application.
  • Don't stress if you can't decide on a college you can always make an open application at either University. After the deadline, your application is randomly allocated to a college with fewer applications for your course, and it will be treated in exactly the same way as any other application. 
  • Cambridge and Oxford both have central admissions offices, in addition to admissions offices situated within each college.
  • Oxford uses a number of tests before the interview stage. Cambridge now require subject-specific admissions tests. Learn more about which admissions tests you will have to take, depending on your subject or where you're applying to. 

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