At Oxbridge English we believe that not everyone is cut out for English at Oxbridge. The course is highly academic with as much emphasis on close reading as there is on conceptual and philosophical questions of linguistic and literary theory. The workload is high and a great deal of reading is required each and every week as well as throughout holidays and spare time. However, for those students who enjoy challenging and cutting-edge academia this course is can be extremely rewarding and enjoyable.
Oxford and Cambridge both stipulate that at least 3 A’s are required at A-level, with one of those being English. With the introduction of the A* grade candidates may also be given offers based on attaining an A* in one of their subjects. Accompanying A-levels might include History, Theatre Studies, Philosophy, Law, Geography, Art and Modern Foreign Languages.
As Oxbridge rarely admits students with A-levels below this standard we strongly advise anyone thinking of applying for English at Oxbridge to do so only if they believe they are capable of attaining these grades. Before taking students on for our mentoring scheme we advise an informal meeting where we can discuss grades, academic potential and motivation for applying to Oxbridge. This is to ensure that both the student and the mentor feel that the candidate will enjoy the English course and have a good chance of success in their application.
Our candidates are generally bright, talented students with a passion for literature, as well as theatre, arts, film and so on. They will naturally enjoy reading for pleasure and will be comfortable discussing difficult and complex subjects even with people more senior than themselves. They can think creatively and approach new ideas with an open mind. These are the kind of students who will excel in an environment like Oxford or Cambridge and we wholeheartedly invite students who think they fit this description to join our mentoring scheme to improve their chances of succeeding at interview.