Admissions tutors look for several criteria in applicants:.
- Application and interest: capacity for sustained study, motivation and interest; Are you someone who enjoys discussing ideas and society in the broader context?
- Reasoning ability: ability to analyse and solve problems using logical and critical approaches, ability to assess relevance, capacity to construct and critically assess arguments, flexibility and willingness to consider alternative views; Do you enjoy solving puzzles and mathematical games?
- Communication: willingness and ability to express ideas clearly and effectively on paper and orally; ability to listen; ability to give considered responses.
At Oxbridge Philosophy we believe that not everyone is right for study at Oxbridge. The course is highly academic, the workload is high and a great deal of time is spent in small groups with tutors discussing economics and the world we live in. This kind of learning environment may not be best suited to everyone. However, for those students who enjoy challenging and cutting-edge academia this course is almost always extremely rewarding and enjoyable.
As Oxbridge rarely admits students with A-levels below this standard we strongly advise anyone thinking of applying for 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 course and have a good chance of success in their application.
Our candidates are generally bright, talented students with a passion for Philosophy and social sciences and the pursuit of knowledge and understanding. They will generally enjoy reading around their subject and will not be afraid to engage in scientific discussions, even with people more senior than themselves. They can think logically and solve problems from first principles as well as being hard and efficient workers. 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 out mentoring scheme to improve their chances of succeeding at interview.
Typical offers require
A Level: A*AA
IB: 40-42 points, with 776 or 777 at Higher Level