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Oxbridge Preparation

Oxbridge Preparation

Country
United Kingdom
State/County/Province
Oxfordshire, Southeast England
City/Twon
Oxford
School
University of Oxford
Certificate: Included
Exam Application: Available
Course Organiser
Bucksmore Education
Programme Category
Summer Courses
Age Range
16-18 Years Old Years Old
Minimum Course Length
Minimum 2 Weeks
Maximum Course Length
Maximum 2 Weeks
Max Class Size
11 per class
Earliest Start Date
Start: June 28, 2020
English Level Requirement:
A1 - Beginner
A2 - Elementary
B1 - Intermediate
B2 - Upper Intermediate
C1 - Advanced
C2 - Proficient

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B2 - Upper Intermediate

Overview

A programme for international students wanting to apply to Oxford, Cambridge and Russell Group Universities. The two-week course is designed to prepare students with the best possible chance of successfully applying to the UK’s top universities. The syllabus will focus on the two ‘Oxbridge’ universities, but will also include aspects relating to applying to the UK’s top 30 institutions. Students will have at least three personal 1-to-1 supervisions with their tutor, to ensure their university application is progressing appropriately. The aim of the programme is to ensure that students maximise their chances of acceptance at the UK’s best universities by exhibiting their achievements. The programme is operated by Bucksmore Education, which is founded in 1980, history of 40 years, accredited by British Council and English UK. It is awarded by the EL Gazette of the Centre of Excellence 2018

Highlights

By the end of the programme students will:

  • Fully understand dates, deadlines, content of the application and entrance requirements
  • Be prepared for university entrance exams related to their subject
  • Have a plan in place to develop their extra curricula CV
  • Have developed confidence and strategies to perform well at interview
  • Have completed their 47 line personal statements for their UCAS application
  • Understand how to develop their application after the programme
  • Have visited Oxford & Cambridge university colleges

 

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Outcomes

1. Certificate

2. Programme Report

3. Study Materials

4. Any Special Awards or Prizes

Testimonials

After this great two weeks, I’ve realised how important critical thinking, leadership and
teamwork are. I’ve been able to put them all in practise during projects. It has been a great time and I’m certainly looking forward to next years summer..”

Pablo
Spain
4.5/5
I am really very happy about being here. The Counsellors are very friendly and helpful. The electives were great. I was dancing for 2 weeks and I really liked our teachers: The dance teacher Justine, and Emily, Megan and Lauren. I had a lot of fun.
Valeriia
Ukraine
4.5/5
This was my first time. The best parts were when we went on excursions because it really gave us a chance to bond all together outside the college. It felt like we became a family. I would recommend the course to any of my friends looking for a summer camp! The counsellors were all so nice, the lessons were interesting where you learn a lot of new vocabulary.
Mia
Canada
4.5/5
My summer with the course and the team was absolutely amazing! A very unique experience as I have got to understand and learn about the English culture. I made a lot of new friends with whom I am still in contact with today. Not to mention the very interesting and innovative lessons with lots to learn and great opportunities to excel.
Milan
Thailand
4.5/5

I had a wonderful experience at Brasenose College. The two weeks I spent in Oxford helped me to become more independent, and I now have a clearer idea of what I would like to study in the future. I also made a lot of friends, and I am keeping in contact with most of them.

Ginevra
Italy
4.5/5

Programme Schedule

2-week
28 June - 11 July
12 July - 25 July
Fee includes:

✓  Tuition

✓  Accommodation

✓  Airport Transfer

✓  Programme Report and Certificate

✓  All Meal

✓  All study materials

✓  Welcome Pack on arrival

✓  On Campus Activities

✓  Excursions Per Week

✓  Weekly laundry

✓  VISA Invitation Letter (If Necessary)

✓  Insurance (Terms & Conditions Apply)

Fee excludes:

✗ Flight Tickets

✗ Optional excursion

✗ Optional activities

✗ Exams application

✗ Pocket Money

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Programme Details

Lessons

The syllabus has been designed by educationalist Yasmin Sarwar, co-founder of Cardiff Sixth Form College and now Oxford International College’s Chief Education Officer. The programme structure and academic content are tried and tested education methods behind hundreds of successful university applications. Yasmin’s experience as an interview panellist at two university medical schools and 100% success rate of student entry into Russell Group universities gives the programme a verifiable stamp of approval. On a daily basis, students are guided and supported by postgraduate students who provide intricate information about individual colleges and disciplines. The four principle elements of the programme are: individual tutorials, university entrance tests, personal statements, and interview techniques & practice.

 

Individual Tutorials

At the beginning and throughout the programme, students have one-to-one tutorials to discuss their academic ambitions and future goals. Our Course Director is committed to listening to the student and providing the initial guidance on the personalised aims for the programme. The aims are used as the point of reference throughout the programme and reviewed in the middle and end of course tutorials. The tutorials are effective in analysing and assessing the student’s university application.

 

University Entrance Tests

A substantial element of the programme is focused on preparation for university entrance tests. Preparing for entrance tests benefits students in a multitude of ways. The primary focus of the entrance tests is to introduce the structure, test questions and approaches to answering complex and abstract questions. A secondary skill developed through entrance test preparation is specific subject knowledge which can be used in personal statements and university interviews.

 

Personal Statements

Limited to only 4,000 characters, it is important that all information included in personal statements is relevant to the subject and unique to the student. Oxford International College place importance on ‘character, attitude and behaviour’ and students are encouraged to evidence this within their application. Expert tutors guide students through two days of personal statement workshops using mind maps, drafting, clear and concise writing and proofreading.

 

Interview Techniques & Practice

University interviewers want students to succeed and the Oxbridge Preparation programme provides the pre-interview practice and guidance to enable this success. Students are introduced to panel interviewing, subject related questioning, case studies and body language. Within the programme, students have the opportunity to take part in realistic university-style interviews with an experienced panel. They refine and perfect their competency based answers as well as develop coping strategies for more abstract questions relating to their desired area of study. Each student receives personalised feedback after their interview practice session.

 

Tutors

The sessions and program are delivered by OIC tutors. The tutors guide year round OIC students through the extra-curricular programme focusing on university applications, interview preparations and application testing systems

 

 

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Activities

In the evenings, a wide variety of fun activities are offered, such as punting and quizzes. Students also have the opportunity to participate in traditional British sports such as football, rugby and cricket. A dedicated Activity Manager will organise the on-site activity programmes for students.

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Excursions

Students have a full activity programme plus 3 full-day excursions over 2 weeks. To enable the programme organiser to respond to student feedback and requests, activities and excursion itineraries are planned and organised by a dedicated Activity Manager. For this reason, the exact weekly timetables will not be confirmed until a few days before the start of the following week. This enables the Activity Manager to minimise any repetition and give students a unique experience every week. Examples of excursions:

 

  • Cambridge (Week 1 & 3)

Founded in 1209, the University of Cambridge is the heart of the city of Cambridge. The city’s skyline is dominated by the university’s college buildings including King’s College Chapel, Cavendish Laboratory, and the Cambridge University Library.

 

  • London (Every Week)

Students have the opportunity to visit sites such as Trafalgar Square, Downing Street, Horse Guards Parade, Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament & Westminster Abbey.

 

  • Tour of Oxford University Colleges (Week 2 & 4)

Making the most of their location in the heart of Oxford students will have the opportunity to take a tour of other Colleges that make up the University of Oxford.

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Accommodation

Accommodation consists of twin bedrooms and shared bathrooms. Male and female accommodation is separate. Students also have access to a student common area, the college’s library. Students enjoy a traditional formal hall in the College’s dining hall every two weeks.

Laundry is free and available on-site. Students must load and empty the laundry machines themselves (with Bucksmore staff guidance), though laundry detergent will be provided by Bucksmore.

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Airport Transfer

Bucksmore offers a complimentary airport transfer service on transfer days for flights arriving/departing between 10:00 and 20:00 at either London Heathrow Airport (LHR) or London Gatwick Airport (LGW).

Students requesting private transfers outside of these destinations and times will be subject to additional charges.

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Meal

All meal included. Healthy meals with a mix of English and international dishes served. Vegetarian options are always available. Special dietary requirements are accommodated.

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Care

Every Bucksmore location has a residential management team, and a minimum staff-student ratio of 1:7. High staff to student ratios ensure all students are looked after. There is always a trained first aider on-site, and students are supervised 24 hours a day. They take great pride in the excellence of their academic content, the excitement of their social programme, and most importantly, the safety and wellbeing of all Bucksmore students.

 

Staff

Each location has a Centre Manager, Activity Manager and Director of Studies available for all students to approach with any problems. Bucksmore Counsellors are more than just teachers; they provide a high level of care and guidance for all students. All staff are background checked.

 

Pastoral Care

Bucksmore summer schools strive to create a warm and welcoming “family atmosphere” where all students and Counsellors know each other well.

 

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Cancellation

The cancellation of the course must be made in writing (email, or post) in legible and unambiguous English. Any cancellation shall only be of effect from the date it is received by us in writing and the following fees shall apply (before the Start Date):

 

30+ days : 35% of the total amount

7-29 Days: 70% of the total amount

0-6 Days: 100% of the total amount

 

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they obtain the appropriate VISA for their time in the UK covering the course dates, and that they comply with all other UK entry requirements. Under no circumstances will the course organizer make any refund on grounds of lack of visa or similar travel documents required to enter the UK legitimately. In a situation where a course needs to be cancelled due to a visa rejection (and upon supply of the original visa rejection letter at least 7 days before the start date)  all fees will be refunded minus an administration fee of £350.

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School Address
  • Nearest International Airport(s) :
  • London Heathrow International Airport (LHR) : 72 km
  • London Gatwick Airport (LGW) : 125 km
  • Nearest International Airport(s) :
  • London Heathrow Airport (LHR) : 76 km
  • London Gatwick Airport (LGW) : 140 km

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English Level Requirement : CEFR and Language Assessment

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: learning, teaching, assessment, (CEFR), was created by the Council of Europe to be a language standard that describes the ability of English language learners in speaking, reading, writing and listening and measures learners’ learning outcomes at different stages.

This standard is widely recognised and used by educational institutions, enterprises and governments around the world and provides general guidance for the development of language syllabuses, curriculum and textbook design, language testing, etc.

Additionally, many internationally recognised English language tests, such as IELTS and Aptis, are associated with this standard as a reference for test score grading. In describing a language learner’s ability, in terms of speaking, reading, listening and writing, CEFR is broadly categorised into the Levels below: 

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English Level
Category
At this level you can understand:
A1
Beginner
Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
A2
Elementary
Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
B1
Intermediate
Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
B2
Upper Intermediate
Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
C1
Advanced
Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
C2
Proficient
Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.

English level, category and at this level you can understand:

A1 – Beginner

Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help. 

A2 – Elementary

Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

B1 – Intermediate

Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

B2 – Upper Intermediate

Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

C1 – Advanced

Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

C2 – Proficient

Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.

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JUNE - Course Schedule
2-week

28 June - 11 July

JULY - Course Schedule
2-week

12 July - 25 July

AUGUST - Course Schedule
2-week

Sample Weekly Schedule

Sunday
Arrivals
Arrivals
Welcome Ceremony
Monday
Course Introduction
1:1 Supervisions Tour of Oxford
Introduction to Oxbridge Applications
Tuesday
Excursion: Cambridge
Excursion: Cambridge
Activity: Sports
Wednesday
UK Education System Introduction to Personal Statements
Writing Personal Statements
Guest Lecture
Thursday
Excursion: London
Excursion: London
Activity: Quiz Night
Friday
Critical Thinking Admissions Tests & Key Skills
Academic Skills
Critical Thinking
Activity: Sports
Saturday
University Interviews & Techniques
Practice Interviews
Leadership Workshop

Sample Daily Timatable

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After this great two weeks, I’ve realised how important critical thinking, leadership and
teamwork are. I’ve been able to put them all in practise during projects. It has been a great time and I’m certainly looking forward to next years summer..”

Pablo
Spain
4.5/5
I am really very happy about being here. The Counsellors are very friendly and helpful. The electives were great. I was dancing for 2 weeks and I really liked our teachers: The dance teacher Justine, and Emily, Megan and Lauren. I had a lot of fun.
Valeriia
Ukraine
4.5/5
This was my first time. The best parts were when we went on excursions because it really gave us a chance to bond all together outside the college. It felt like we became a family. I would recommend the course to any of my friends looking for a summer camp! The counsellors were all so nice, the lessons were interesting where you learn a lot of new vocabulary.
Mia
Canada
4.5/5
My summer with the course and the team was absolutely amazing! A very unique experience as I have got to understand and learn about the English culture. I made a lot of new friends with whom I am still in contact with today. Not to mention the very interesting and innovative lessons with lots to learn and great opportunities to excel.
Milan
Thailand
4.5/5

I had a wonderful experience at Brasenose College. The two weeks I spent in Oxford helped me to become more independent, and I now have a clearer idea of what I would like to study in the future. I also made a lot of friends, and I am keeping in contact with most of them.

Ginevra
Italy
4.5/5

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