On Wednesday 22nd March, the College hosted an Oxbridge Information Evening, for current and prospective students who may want to apply to one of the Oxbridge universities, Oxford or Cambridge. Over 160 students and their parents attended the evening.

Richard Earl, Tutor for Admissions at Worcester College, talked to those present about the benefits of studying at Oxford or Cambridge. He advised them on what the two universities look for in potential students. He informed them about the robust application process and he provided advice about the interview, which is an essential part of the Oxbridge application process.

Richard encouraged anyone thinking of an Oxbridge application to apply for a Summer School place, to consider the Cambridge University Master Class programme and to add the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) to their study programme.

Finally, he made the point that to succeed with an Oxbridge application, a student needs to be able to demonstrate wider and deeper reading in their subject, reading which takes them beyond the A level specification.

Wendy Townend, a Careers and Guidance Officer at the College, then provided details about the other Russell Groups universities and their application process.

Gabriel Mellor, Assistant Principal at the College, concluded the evening with information about the College’s Honours Programme, designed for students with the predominantly A*/A GCSE profile to consider an application to a Russell Group University. This programme includes some fantastic elements, such as trips to top Russell Group universities like Durham, the chance to meet academics and to talk to them about their subject at university level and the opportunity to participate in the Cambridge University Masterclass programme. He too encouraged the students present to seriously consider adding the EPQ to their programme, as a 4th option. The EPQ is offered to all Honours Programme students at the College.

Gabriel commented on the evening “The evening was an excellent opportunity for current and future HNC students to get an insight into student life at Oxbridge. It was a huge success and both students and parents found it a really useful evening and I’m sure will encourage our students to grow with us and aim high.”