Oxford and Cambridge (collectively known as ‘Oxbridge’) attract a large number of Concord applicants each year.
It is only possible to apply to one of these universities, so careful consideration should be given to which one is best for the individual: this should focus on the course offered, the nature of the city, the college and the details of the application process for that subject (in the context of the student’s personal strengths and interests).
Concord offers considerable support to students applying to Oxford or Cambridge as the process is so demanding. Initially, it is important that the student has very strong IGCSE (or equivalent) grades (perhaps 8 or more A* grades). It is then expected that students will normally average at least 90% in their AS levels at the end of their 6.1 year. Students will also face an array of tests depending on the subject (BMAT – medicine, PAT – Physics, MAT – Maths, HAT – History, LNAT – Law, TSA – a variety of courses); alternatively (or additionally) they may also be asked to submit a piece of submitted work or to sit a test at the college prior to interview. Concord puts considerable support in place to support students through this process, including mock examinations and specific guided teaching as required.
All offers from Oxford or Cambridge are made after the student has attended for interview. It is likely that a student could face three interviews (and we have known one or two face as many as seven!). Such interviews tests the candidate’s ability to communicate and to ‘think on their feet’. This is a very different skill-set to traditional academic study. A successful interview requires the student to communicate confidently, intelligently and with intellectual accuracy. This is not an easy skill, and considerable support is given to encourage students to be self-critical of their communication skills. This includes interview workshops, mock interview practice and the opportunity to attend specialist bespoke interview training days.