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Oxbridge Mentoring

Specialists in Oxbridge entry

Success in entry to Oxford is notoriously challenging, requiring months, if not years of vital preparation, exploring concepts outside the school curriculum. There are no shortcuts to Oxbridge success and u2 will assess prospective students’ academic potential before accepting them on a programme.

u2’s programmes mimic an Oxbridge-style of teaching to prepare students for the levels of critical thinking required at interview, undeniably the toughest stage of application. At interview, students are expected to orally communicate, defend, analyse & critique ideas, in conversations with the tutor, as in an Oxbridge tutorial. In tuition hours, students will be expected to perform at this same level, reading widely and exploring theories and topics in which they are interested, before in-depth tutorial discussions. Mentors will suggest material, widen each student’s specialist knowledge and prepare them for each application stage.

 
The Oxbridge application process

The Oxbridge application process

Programmes Available

u2 offer a number of fully customisable programmes, pioneered following extensive research by our network of Oxbridge mentors and current links with undergraduates at the Universities. A programme will be customised based on timeline to entry, the level of support required and the specific course. Our programmes offer the most comprehensive support available, see below for more details.

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Oxbridge Starter Programme (OXSTART)

Our OXSTART programme is aimed at Year 11 students (15-16) looking to apply to Oxbridge. We recommend that students start their journey with u2 on this programme. Our OXSTART programme is fully customisable dependent on the level of support required. The 1-1 tutorial sessions focus on honing student’s subject-specific interests beyond the school curriculum and giving them exposure to new material, carefully planned to prepare each student for the level required at application. Each applicant receives a complete Oxbridge manual which guides them step-by-step through the application process, subject-specific tips and suggested reading or activities. A typical programme might include:

  • Individual application manual

  • Course choice and application guidance

  • 20 x 1-1 tutorial sessions

  • Admissions test support

  • Progress consultations

  • Relevant experience organised (e.g. accompanied trips to Oxbridge lectures, subject-specific work placements)

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Oxbridge Application Programme (OXAPPS)

Our OXAPPS programme is tailored for Year 12 (16-17) students embarking on their Oxbridge journey, going forward with their application. Our OXAPPS programme combines application guidance and support, including college choice and course advice with subject-specific teaching from a team of mentors in a given subject. Potential applicants are given an insight into the levels required for successful application, subjected to the rigours of the tutorial process through exposure to new materials and ways of thinking critically around a subject. Most fundamentally, students are provided with extensive personal statement and admissions test support. The OXAPPS programme typically includes:

  • Individual application manual

  • Course choice and application guidance

  • 20 x 1-1 tutorial sessions

  • Admissions test support

  • Progress consultations

  • Relevant experience organised

  • Personal statement sessions


Oxbridge Interview Programme (OXINT)

Our intensive programme pioneered to offer extensive support for those students successful in gaining an Oxbridge Interview (November - December). The OXINT Programme brings together subject-specific expertise from u2’s entire team of Oxbridge mentors to support the student at the final stage of the Oxbridge entrance process. Though customised, a typical programme covers 1-2 months preparation in stages:

Stage 1 (Preparation):

Stage 1 takes care of the initial components of Interview preparation. Mentors ensure each student is extensively exposed to subject-specific material and new concepts, consolidating any gaps in knowledge and guiding students in their subject development. Together, we build a case for the student, solidifying the stance and direction they will take during Interview.

Stage 2 (Training)

Stage 2 is a period of educational transformation, whereby a student prepares for the rigours of interview through training clinics with their primary mentor. Tutorial-style sessions ensure each student develops the ability to communicate ideas effectively, gaining access to subject expertise from their primary mentor as well as a whole team of supplementary mentors in their given subject.

Stage 3 (Mocks)

Stage 3 is the final stage for the student, in which they are given an opportunity to practise what they have learned with their mentor/s in the setting of mock interviews. These are hosted by an array of experts, providing the student with invaluable experience ahead of their big day.

Oxbridge Master Programme (OXMASTER)

Our Master programme is pioneered to offer extensive, long-term support including application guidance and subject mentoring, as well as comprehensive personal statement support, admissions test and interview preparation. The OXMASTER Programme brings together subject-specific expertise from our entire team of Oxbridge mentors, to support each stage of a student’s application. Though customised, a typical programme covers 2-3 months preparation in stages:

Stage 1

Stage 1 takes care of the initial components of application, guiding applicants through the process of college/ course choice, personal statement and test preparation. Mentors ensure each student has the tools and knowledge necessary to submit an exceptional application of the standard necessary to be considered for entry. Subject-specific work experience is arranged as well as masterclasses with subject experts, often Oxbridge PhD level graduates or published tutors.

Stage 2

Stage 2 is a period of educational transformation whereby a student prepares for the rigours of interview through extensive exposure to subject-specific material and new concepts. Tutorial-style sessions ensure each student develops the ability to communicate ideas effectively, gaining access to subject expertise from their primary mentor as well as a whole team of supplementary mentors in their given subject.

Stage 3

An intensive preparation period involving mock interview days, assessments and feedback consultations.