LUMINA

A FREE COURSE FOR
YEAR 12 STUDENTS
CONSIDERING OXBRIDGE

Harrow School,
01 - 03 July 2019

 

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DEC 10 2018

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Cambridge University Summer School

Cambridge University Summer School

Are you thinking about studying at Cambridge University?

Are you keen to explore your subject interests in depth? Are you motivated by a challenge? If so, consider spending a week at Cambridge.

The Summer Schools are designed to provide an insight into what studying at university is like and what the University can offer to interested, inquisitive students. Applications open on 9th January so click here to see what is available for you.

DEC 03 2018

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UNIQ Summer Schools

UNIQ Summer Schools

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

UNIQ is a free residential summer school programme for year 12 students in UK state schools and colleges.

The programme is aimed at students who have done well in their GCSEs, with preference given to applicants from low socio-economic backgrounds and/or from areas with low progression to higher education. For full details and to register your interest, please see the UNIQ website.

NOV 28 2018

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Oxford Year 12 Subject Study Days

Oxford Year 12 Subject Study Days

Year 12 Subject Study Days at Oxford

Are you interested in spending a day at University College, Oxford studying then why not click here to see what is available.

Deadline is by midnight on Friday 18th January 2019.

 

NOV 28 2018

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Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences

Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences

The Oxford and Cambridge student conferences are held at seven venues across the UK throughout March. There are eight conferences in total (the one in Surrey runs twice) and each promises "to provide up-to-date information on the application and admissions procedure" as well as "an insight into student life". Like Lumina, they're completely free and aimed at Year 12 students. Alongside formal presentations on topics such as course choices, student finance and interviews, admissions tutors, academic staff and current undergraduates will be available to share their insider info on both institutions. Those considering Lumina might be interested in the Surrey ones, which take place at Epsom Downs Racecourse on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 March from 9am to 3.30pm. A member of staff at your school must make your booking, so speak to your Head of Sixth Form or equivalent if you think you might be interested. You'll need an e-ticket to attend.

Visit: https://www.oxfordandcambridgeoutreach.co.uk/student-conference/introduction for more information, including some videos of last year's events.

NOV 02 2018

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Student's Perspective of Life at Oxford

Student's Perspective of Life at Oxford

With Oxford University interviews in the next few weeks, why not look at this free resource about a student's personal perspective of life at Oxford.

The blog is filled with current information on personal statements, entrance exams and interviews.She has created an Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thatoxfordgirl/?hl=en

The blog can be found by clicking here

OCT 01 2018

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Game of Two Halves: The Differences Between Oxford and Cambridge

Game of Two Halves: The Differences Between Oxford and Cambridge

Oxford and Cambridge have a great deal in common, but UCAS only allows you to apply for one of the two. Struggling to make a decision? Here are some factors you may want to consider.

Both are collegiate universities, meaning that they are made up of a collection of colleges, and both have teaching in small groups outside of lectures – at Oxford, these are called tutorials while at Cambridge, they’re supervisions.

Both, of course, are world-leading universities, both in terms of teaching and research, and their degrees are ranked highly by employers. There are many league tables that will tell you how good each is, based on a number of different metrics. According to the latest table of the top 100 world universities by reputation (published by Times Higher Education 2018), Oxford is first and Cambridge second.

Oxford and Cambridge offer different degree courses. Broadly speaking, Oxford has more choice, more specialisation, and quite a large number of joint honours programmes, where you study two subjects side-by-side. On the other hand, Cambridge’s programmes tend to be broader in scope to start with, but let you narrow your field of study over time. At Oxford, you can study pure sciences, for example, while at Cambridge, you study for a degree in Natural Science where you take three sciences and Mathematics in the first year and specialise further from there. Similarly, Oxford has no fewer than six different courses involving History, while Cambridge has just the one.

Both universities are strong in all subjects, although there is a common myth about Cambridge having the edge in sciences, while Oxford leads in the humanities. Cambridge does tend to rank slightly higher in the sciences, and Oxford in the humanities, although both universities stress that there is really no significant difference between them in either. The subject you are going to study should be your primary consideration, so it is worth researching your options carefully to see which course will suit you best.

In terms of location, both are near to London (about 50 miles away), with Cambridge to the North East and Oxford to the North West. Oxford is technically a city and, as such, is generally considered to be a bit livelier. Cambridge is technically a town and is often thought to be a bit prettier. In fact, both are reasonably small places to live and are easy to navigate on foot or more popularly by bicycle.