Early on in Year 12 we identify students who wish to make an application for Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Medicine and give them the guidance they need to develop into strong potential candidates. By providing a specialist tutor for these areas we get to know our students really well, guiding them through the various steps that are needed. Our support programme includes:


  • Residential and day visits to our partner college at theUniversity of Oxford (Christchurch) and the University of Cambridge (Gonville and Caius).
  • Guidance on how to complete an effective UCAS personal statement.
  • Practice interviews as part of the preparation for real interviews.
  • Support in preparing for university entrance tests such as Thinking Skills Assessment, STEP (Maths) and BMAT or UCAT tests (for Medicine).
  • The opportunity to study for the Extended Project Qualification.
  • Support in completing extra short courses in your specialist area to demonstrate learning beyond the specification.

Every year we invite former students back to talk to current students. These alumni have successfully been through this specialist programme and will be studying a degree course at Oxbridge, or Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science at a leading university. This allows you to ask questions about the process and also find out how to balance the pressures of subject studies with the additional activities needed to be successful in your application.

It is important to think carefully about your A level choices if you wish to apply for Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Medicine. Advice from leading universities on A level choices for medicine is as follows:

ESSENTIAL: If you do Chemistry, Biology and one from Mathematics or Physics you will keep all options open to you. If you do Chemistry and Biology you will keep open the vast majority. If you do Chemistry and one from Mathematics and Physics you will limit your range of choices much more.

USEFUL: Further Mathematics or a contrasting (non-science) subject, such as Computing/Computer Science or Psychology.