This comprehensive 2-week UK university preparation course is for ambitious, high-achieving students who aim to study at one of the top UK University.
The admission criteria to world class universities vary considerably. While academic strength is a pre-requisite, it does not guarantee acceptance. As a serious applicant to UK leading universities, you need to be prepared.
This course is specifically designed to give students the best possible chance of gaining a place at one of the UK’s top universities. The course focuses on all aspects of applying to a top UK university with the insight into the UK university system that simply cannot be gained through books and websites. In the meanwhile, the course, delivered at one of the most famous and beautiful Cambridge colleges by its current teaching staff, gives students a taste of what top university teaching is like.
The programme includes lessons on IELTs Exams, Critical Thinking and General Studies, which are all designed to prepare students for the reasoned thinking expected by leading UK universities. Students receive small group tuition on important subjects including UCAS application system, succeeding in entrance interviews, and writing personal statements. In addition, students choose two specialist subjects taught by expert tutors of Cambridge University to get students prepared for their chosen subject at university level.
The UK University Preparation Course includes:
- 20 hours of tuition per week
- 2 specialist subject tuition given by Cambridge University teaching staff
- Mock interviews with feedbacks
- Individual sessions through the application process
- Careers Guidance Assessment with a detailed report to help students determine which subjects they should consider at university
- Visits to top UK universities
- Full Activity programme and Excursions
- 2 full day excursions per week including Oxford & London University open days
- Formal Hall for every student
- Maximum class size of 11 students
The course syllabus covers:
- English for Academic Purposes
- Specialist Subject Tuition – 2 subjects from Economics & Management, Science, Mathematics and Introduction to the Arts
- General Studies on critical thinking and other important concepts in the UK educational system
- Individual tutorials to help students make choices about their university and university course.
- UK University Application, including UCAS system and specific requirements of individual universities.
- Interview Skills, Writing Personal Statements and Extended Essays
Students will also enjoy a full social programme and cultural excursions, including: Possible excursions include:
- Communication Skills Workshops
- Interview Practice
- Film Making
- Punting on the River Cam in Cambridge
- Guided Tours of the Scientists’ Cambridge and the Economists’ Cambridge,
- Walks to Grantchester and around Cambridge
- Weekly Party
- Excursions to London
- Formal Dinner in Corpus Christi College Hall
Possible excursions include:
- University Open Days at Oxford, Cambridge, London School of Economics, University College London, and Imperial College London.
- Stratford Upon Avon
- Warwick Castle
- Leeds castle
- Ely & Ely Cathedral
- Thorpe Park
The sample timetable below is a typical 2-week UK University Preparation Programme at Cambridge University.
Students live, eat and study in beautiful Corpus Christi College of Cambridge University, which is one of the most famous and beautiful colleges in the whole university. All classrooms are in the famous Old Court which has been home to many famous students. The college is located in the centre of Cambridge, so students can explore this historic city during Freestyle Periods between lessons.
Students stay in the central college bedrooms. Girls and boys are accommodated separately. Porters’ Lodge entrances are manned 24 hours a day.
Well balanced, nutritious cooked meals are provided. Packed lunches are provided for excursions.
All on-site meals will be served in the college’s spectacular wood-panelled dining hall. Every student will also enjoy a traditional Formal Hall meal – a set menu evening meal which lets students sample life as a real Cambridge student.
Large, modern auditorium, TV room & common area, sports field, including tennis courts, student computer room with wi-fi access in common areas and hotspots around college. Wired internet available in rooms.
Coin operated washing and drying machines on college premises, paid by summer school.
- All applications to UK universities are made through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (www.ucas.com).
- International students from non-European countries may be accepted on the basis of their school leaving qualifications, but most of them may have to do A-Levels, a Pre-University Foundation Course or the IB Diploma instead.
- A qualification in English such as IELTS or TOEFL is also required for international students.
- Students are able to apply to five universities online. Each of the five universities will consider their application separately.
All students attending UK University Preparation course will have their academic records assessed and recommendations will be made where necessary if their qualifications do not meet the entrance requirements for leading UK universities.
- Deadline for receipt at UCAS of applications for Cambridge or Oxford or Medical Schools is 15 October.
- Deadline for receipt at UCAS of all other applications (except some art and design courses) is 15 January.
- Undergraduate applicants are not permitted to apply to both Oxford and Cambridge universities in the same year.
- Both Oxford and Cambridge are collegiate universities, prospective students are advised to select a college at Oxford or Cambridge when they apply.
- Graduate admission is first decided by the faculty or department relating to the applicant’s subject.
- Most applicants who are called for interview will have at least three A-grade A-level qualifications or equivalent, relevant to their chosen course.
- Gaining places at Oxford and Cambridge remains a central focus for many private and selective state schools in the UK.
- The overall success rate for Oxbridge applicants is around 20%.
All students attending the UK University Preparation course will get advice on which colleges they should consider. They will also get a chance to attend the Open Days of Oxford and Cambridge which are being held in the first week of the course.
Most Medical Schools, Law Schools and many subjects or colleges at Oxford and Cambridge universities have special entrance examinations in addition to A Levels / IB or school leaving examinations. The entrance exams include:
- Medicine – BMAT, UKCAT
- Law – LNAT
- Mathematics – STEP
- Thinking Skills Assessment – TSA
Preparation for these entrance exams is included in the Subject Tuition seminars.
In addition to academic strength, a vigorous interview, as part of the application process to Oxford, Cambridge and Medical Schools is crucial for distinguishing between the most able candidates.
All students at the UK University Preparation course will receive regular mock interviews with feedback on their performance, aiming to help students develop the confidence needed to succeed at interview.
All applicants are required to write a personal statement (maximum 47 lines) in support of their application. Since most admissions tutors will have a large volume of applications cross their desk, how to make your personal statement stand out from the crowd is important.
Weekly workshops will be held during the course to help students write their personal statement. All students should have completed their personal statements for their UCAS application by the end of the course.
Individual University Guidance
It is very important that students apply to universities where they have a realistic chance of being made an offer of a place.
At the course, each student is allocated a Director of Studies who oversees the student’s university applications to ensure student the best possible chance of success.