Valuable insights into Oxbridge

A group of 6.1 students recently attended a student conference at Hampshire Collegiate School for potential applicants to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. As well as meeting their peers from schools around Hampshire and Dorset, they gathered a wealth of tips and useful application advice from recent graduates and admissions officers. Though the bar is set very high – A*AA and even A*A*A are standard offers for many courses now – the importance of passion and interest in a subject was highlighted as by far the most important aspect of any strong application. So, lots of extra reading starts now… Differences between the application routes for Oxford and Cambridge were also discussed: Oxford look closely at GCSE results as well as the performance in their own entrance exams (necessary for most courses); Cambridge look closely at individual AS module scores. Great advice and useful information all round.

By Michael Truss, Head of Academic Enrichment and Head of Mathematics


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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