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Year 12 Students get a taste of Oxford University

Sometimes our students tell us that places like Oxford University are not for them! This couldn’t be further from the truth and this is what a group of our very talented and aspirational Year 12 students found out on a bespoke visit to Magdalen College, one of University of Oxford’s 39 colleges.

Our Year 12 students were given a tour of both Magdalen College and Brasenose College, including a peek into a student’s living accommodation, a tour of the impressive library at Brasenose and a lovely lunch in the beautiful Medieval Dining Hall at Magdalen. They also enjoyed looking at the wild deer who have lived on the grounds of Magdalen for 300 years.

While Oxford University is visually very impressive, what impressed our students most was how realistic their chances are of making a successful application to study at one of the world’s leading universities. 

Firdaus, who is studying for A Levels in  Maths, Further Maths, Computer Science and Physics commented: ‘ It made me realise that Oxford is more grounded than what its prestige might imply.’ 

Students were given the chance to talk to current Oxford undergraduates, including our ex-student, Mariam, who is now studying Medicine at St Anne’s College since she left us last Summer. Ex-Student Ibrahim Najmudin is also at St Anne’s, in his second year, studying Physics. The Year 12s also benefited from a Personal Statement workshop and an interactive session on how to cope with an interview.