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					 Putting an Oxbridge
application into context
 Some early considerations
                    UCAS
• The UCAS system is the medium through which
  you apply to universities in the UK, and hence
  your application to an Oxford or Cambridge
  College is part of this process as well as an
  entity in itself. The Universities and Colleges
  Admissions Service is based in Cheltenham.
• We are an all-in electronic application school,
  using the on-line version. The cost is £19 per
  candidate.
              DEADLINE
• You will be completing your application
  from the start of the Autumn term and
  working to completion in advance of the
  October 15th deadline.
                  RESEARCH
• Do plenty of research on courses and universities.
• League Tables are a start but don’t take small
  differences in ranking as too significant. Always look at
  how the rankings are scored. There are several versions
  of League tables.
• There is a huge amount of information on
  www.ucas.com.
• Look over Prospectuses. Get your own copies.
• Read objective accounts of universities; listen to
  subjective opinions.
• Visit universities when you can.
• Short list and then decide on choices.
                 1 in 5!
• Be realistic about the possibility of
  rejection by Oxbridge by being positive
  about your other university and subject
  choices. You may well be going to one of
  them!
                SUBJECT
• The general sequence of choice is of
  subject of study before place of study.
  Wishing to apply for Oxford or Cambridge
  may superficially contradict that principle,
  of course. The bottom line of your
  application is that you have to write a
  Personal Statement which in reality starts
  with I wish to study X because …
              UCAS SYSTEM
• You can apply for up to five choices on the UCAS form.
• There should be real consistency in the courses
  chosen.
• Candidates for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary
  Science need only to make four choices.
• Your chosen universities do not see where else you
  have applied.
• Once you have received all your replies, you make one
  Firm and one Insurance choice from your offers, and
  reject the rest. This will be around February/March/April
  time.
• If all goes well with your A-levels, you will go to your
  Firm choice.
             UCAS SYSTEM 2
• The UCAS Tariff is the expression of the results that
  you need in order to satisfy any university’s entrance
  requirements.
• However, the top or selecting universities will still
  require individual A-level grades: the lower or
  recruiting universities give points-based offers.
• An A grade at A-level is worth 120 points for a six-unit
  award. A B is worth 100 points, and so on. Standard
  offers are based on 3 A-levels only – assume unless
  told otherwise that General Studies will not be included,
  nor as a rule will a single AS level. A few of the selecting
  universities have recently taken to giving an AS target in
  the offer in addition to 3 A-levels.
             UCAS SYSTEM 3
• An Admissions Tutor looks primarily at certain evidence
  to select candidates.
• Most important are the School’s predicted grades
  and the School’s reference. You will know your A–level
  predictions before you apply: unless you are predicted
  AAA, an Oxbridge application is likely to be fruitless.
• Your Personal Statement provides important support
  material. For an Oxbridge application, it is instrumental in
  getting you to the next stage of an Interview. For most
  non-Oxbridge applications, it may well be a substitute for
  an Interview!
• A “count back” to your GCSE grades is also
  important. Some departments of some universities may
  formally use GCSE scores to rank candidates.
        OFFERS & PLACES
• Bear in mind that a university department
  only has so many places available. Good
  universities are oversubscribed, and will
  select; you may find yourself on the wrong
  side of a numbers game. Incidentally,
  universities will make more offers than it
  has places available. If you satisfy that
  offer by making the grades you are asked
  to obtain, then you are in!
HAMPTON DESTINATIONS 2009
• Top 10 universities 59% (we used to have
  1/3 here) 15% up on last year! Highest
  ever!
• Top 25 universities 92% ( used to be 2/3)
  same as last year.
• Very impressive statistics, especially on
  Top 10 universities.
 HAMPTON DESTINATIONS 2009
Main destinations are
• NOTTINGHAM 19 pupils.
• OXFORD 18
• BRISTOL 10
• BATH 9
• MANCHESTER 9
• DURHAM 8
• WARWICK 8
• LEEDS 7
• SOUTHAMPTON 7
• CAMBRIDGE 6
• YORK 6
• IMPERIAL 5
                COMMENT
• Oxbridge a remarkable 24, even one place up
  on 2008!
• Oxford 18!
• Bristol continues to regain its previous
  importance.
• Nottingham again a dominant.
• York has come from nowhere!
• Predictable popularity of metropolitan provincial
  choices.
• Constituent colleges of University of London
  down significantly.
     Is 2009 going to be typical?
 Of those who are taking up places in 2009 or 2010,
• 88 % are going to their Firm Choice
• 10% are going to Insurance Offer (higher than usual)
• 2% are going through Clearing or another choice.


• 25 are resitting/reapplying/applying. This is considerably up on
  previous years, and reflects the well reported occurrence this year of
  more applicants and limited extra places. Basically, if boys did not
  meet their offers, there was little flexibility in the system!!
• 30% of the year group are taking a Gap Year
  (deferred/resitting/reapplying/applying), which is 5% higher than last
  year.

				
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