A group of Year 12 students from Tupton Hall Sixth Form attended the Oxford and Cambridge student conference at Edgbaston stadium in Birmingham, home of Warwickshire cricket club.
Students were selected to attend based on their achievements at GCSE and high A Level target grades. The trip is part of the school's Higher Education Guidance Programme and is intended to aid university research and preparation for choosing higher education courses next year.
Students on the trip were researching subjects ranging from engineering, maths and law to medicine and veterinary medicine. They attended talks on how to prepare a competitive application and student finance.
Deputy Head of Sixth Form, Mr Leach, said:
I am very pleased with how seriously students are engaging with the higher education guidance programme and I look forward to supporting some of them with their application to either the university of Oxford or Cambridge."
Year 12 student Olivia said:
After attending the Oxford and Cambridge Student Conference I felt much more knowledgeable about the whole application process and what the student experience at both universities would be like. We listened to talks about writing a stellar personal statement as well as subject specific information from teachers. Financial advice was also available and there were opportunities to ask current students about their course and experience at university.
If you are nervous about applying to a university like Oxford or Cambridge there is no need to be at all! As long as you manage to achieve the entry requirements then there’s no need to be intimidated or put off from applying. If you are seriously considering Oxford or Cambridge I would definitely recommend:
- visiting a student conference like this
- applying for subject taster sessions as well as summer schools
- going to the universities on one of their open days
This will allow you to find out more about the course you would like to do as well as gain a student insight into what Oxford and Cambridge are all about."