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.
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.
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.
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