Applying to Oxford and Cambridge

Applying to Oxford or Cambridge can seem daunting and you may need extra support, advice, and preparation. To help you we have a programme to support students thinking of applying. The first thing to recognise is that entry is extremely competitive so potential applicants should:

  • Have excellent GCSE results, with at least seven A*s (or grades 8–9)
  • Be predicted all As at A-Level with at least one A*
  • Have a passion for their subject outside their A Level Syllabus
  • Have an enquiring mind, a relish for academic work and self-discipline
  • Extend their knowledge by completing suitable MOOCS, submitting an AQA Extended Project or studying Critical Thinking

For individual subject requirements, you will need to take a look at the website for each university.

Towards the end of Year 12 I became interested in applying to Oxford to study Law. I attended the Summer Open Days on a school trip which was really enjoyable as we looked around the city as well as all the colleges, helping us decide where exactly to apply. The school has been very helpful and supportive in helping me with all stages of the UCAS process. – Year 13 Student


We run an Oxbridge group for students who are planning to apply to Oxford or Cambridge. Here’s the timetable for applying:


The Oxbridge Group

The Oxbridge group meets regularly at lunchtime to give you:

  • Personal support from the dedicated Oxbridge Coordinator
  • Advice on how Oxford & Cambridge differ from other universities
  • Advice on choosing colleges
  • Advice on reading/preparation
  • Information about admissions tests
  • Advice on UNIQ (Oxford) & Sutton Trust summer schools
  • Information on external commercial advice
  • A chance to examine applications and references of previous applicants
  • A chance to research and present relevant subject topics to the group
  • Discussion with current or former Oxbridge students
  • Advice and information session with a Cambridge academic
  • Attendance at Oxbridge Conference in Exeter
  • Attendance at the Oxford/Cambridge Open Days
  • Subject specific interview practice
  • UCAS support