Oxbridge Applications - Everything you need to know about the process

Stephen Spirggs
February 6th 2024

Oxford and Cambridge are two of the world’s most prestigious and competitive universities.

Competition for places to study undergraduate degrees at these universities is fierce. Oxford receives over 20,000 applications for approximately 3,250 places a year, and Cambridge receives approximately five applications per place. What’s more, students cannot typically apply to both universities in the same year.

Here at William Clarence, we offer expert guidance on the Oxbridge application process and share a wealth of experience, advice, and knowledge with all students who work with us.

Our Oxbridge applications experts are graduates of Oxford and Cambridge themselves, and work tirelessly with hundreds of families from around the world every year, achieving an astounding 85% success rate for Oxford applications in 2019 alone.

Watch the video to learn everything you need to know about the process, and how our Oxbridge applications support will help you at each stage:

1. Course Selection

  • The key is to choose a subject that inspires you and that you’re passionate about!

William Clarence will: Conduct a thorough review of your academic and extra-curricular activities.

We’ll also conduct regular checks with both universities regarding admissions to ensure that you meet the admission requirements for your chosen course.

2. Choosing a college

  • Ensure the college you choose offers your chosen subject and is open to your age group.
  • An open application – stating that you have no preference – will not put you at a disadvantage.

William Clarence will: Help you make the optimal decision in accordance with the above so you are confident in your college selection.

3. The personal statement

William Clarence will: Provide you with comprehensive guidance and feedback throughout to craft a personal statement that stands apart from the crowd.

4. Admissions tests and written work

  • Ensure you register in time and spend a good amount of time preparing.

William Clarence will: Provide you with a tutor with expert knowledge of the relevant test if required.

5. The interviews

  • Interviews take place in December following the UCAS submission in October.
  • Both universities will be looking for students who: have academic potential, are independent thinkers, and are keen to engage with new ideas.

William Clarence will: Undertake mock interviews to build your confidence.

6. The decision

  • You will find out if you've received a conditional offer in January following December interviews.

William Clarence will: Provide you with feedback and support following the result if necessary.

Comprehensive guidance on the Oxbridge application process with William Clarence

If you or your child is considering applying to Oxbridge this year or in the years to come, get in touch with our Oxbridge applications experts here at William Clarence. We are here to support you with every aspect of the application process to maximise your chances of a successful offer.