Varsity Education was established by Oxbridge academics with the aim of helping prepare students from all backgrounds for applications to the world’s top universities. Varsity Education has worked with college admissions tutors and directors of study to design Oxbridge’s premier academic preparation programme. Our courses offer students an unparalleled insight into undergraduate study at Oxford and Cambridge and comprehensive insider guidance on the admissions process.
The Oxbridge admissions process is renowned worldwide for its demanding standards and high expectations. Bright, high achieving students must demonstrate their academic ability in a high intensity environment through admissions tests, rigorous interviews and top grades in order to gain a coveted place.
Dedicated to developing academic curiosity, Varsity Education has helped students from all over the world reach their full potential by providing them with a challenging and stimulating environment in which to flourish.
Our commitment to academic integrity is demonstrated in our teaching methods, which faithfully replicate the Oxbridge one-on-one tutorial system. Our approach to academic development encourages university level thinking and fuels intellectual curiosity. Varsity Education provides students with an insight into student life at a world-class university, inspiring exceptional students with the benefits of an Oxbridge education.
Academic integrity is of great importance to us and is the fundamental reason our university preparation programme is amongst the best in the world. Our teaching faculty uniquely comprises of current Oxbridge Fellows as well as undergraduates, postgraduates and alumni of Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
Our teaching faculty changes slightly from year to year. We ensure all of our subjects are overseen by an academic head who is a current college Fellow. These academic heads lead a number of key lectures and seminars during the course and ensure our curriculum is up to date and academically challenging for our students.
Queens College, Associate Research Fellow at Chronos Therapeutics
Dr Sayce's background is in biochemistry and neuroscience. She now specialises in the pre-clinical stages of the development of age related diseases.
After completing a BA and an MSc at the University of Surrey, she proceeded to study for her PhD at Queens College Oxford, analysing the evolution of clinical diseases. She is currently a research fellow at Chronos Theraputics, Oxford.
Fellow in Management Practice at the Saïd Business School, Oxford University
Dr Roosevelt Malloch is a specialist in Management Practice and his most recent publications have evaluated topics such as the virtues of generosity and thrift, the nature of virtuous enterprise, and prudent business.
He is the Chairman and CEO of The Global Fiduciary Governance LLC, a strategy and thought leadership company. He has worked in both the US State Department and US Senate, held an ambassadorial level position at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland and served on the executive board of the World Economic Forum (DAVOS).
Fellow and Law Tutor at Worcester College, Oxford University
Dr van Zeben studied law at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Amsterdam, Harvard University and University College Utrecht. Before coming to Oxford, Josephine taught Environmental Regulation at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland and now teaches EU and Public Law at a number of Oxford colleges. Dr van Zeben has also recently published a book on the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).
Teaching and Research Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute, Oxford University & Lecturer at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University
Dr Bayley has written extensively on visual responses to literature and has just completed a book of narrative non-fiction, The Private Life of the Diary: from Pepys to Tweets.
Dr Bayley has worked closely with poets, visual artists, composers and playwrights, including Elisabeth Gray, with whom she helped create the award winning play, titled I Wish I Had a Sylvia Plath. The play has since been translated into several languages and restaged all over the world.
Research Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge University
Dr Dockter is an undergraduate tutor at a number of Cambridge colleges and a leading specialist in the life of Winston Churchill. His research at Clare Hall, Cambridge focuses on British imperialism in the Middle East during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His work on Churchill and his relationship with the Middle East has led to Dr Dockter designing courses for the Universities of Exeter, Worcester and Nottingham.
Departmental Lecturer at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University
Dr Coman was educated in Iowa, Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Oxford in 2012 to teach. He specialises in comparative politics and methodology and teaches both international relations and politics at Corpus Christi College. Dr Coman has held a Postdoctoral Prize Fellowship at Nuffield College since 2012 and has published a number of articles on Electoral Proportionality.
Fellow in Medical Sciences, Balliol College, Oxford University & Consultant in Clinical Genetics, Churchill Hospital, Oxford University
Dr Walker is a practising clinician and a consultant in clinical genetics at the Churchill Hospital, Oxford. She trained at UCL, Cambridge and Great Ormond Street and is now Head of Cancer Genetics for the Oxford Regional Genetics Service, covering a population of 3.5 million. She received an Oxford University Medical School Teaching Excellence Award for her tutoring of medical students at Oxford University.
Research Fellow and Stipendiary Lecturer at Worcester College, Oxford University
Dr Methven was educated at Cambridge before moving to Oxford to take up a fellowship at Worcester College in 2014. He specialises in analytical philosophy, philosophical logic and the philosophy of Mathematics. He teaches extensively on the Mathematics and Philosophy undergraduate course in a range of colleges in Oxford. He has an upcoming book on Frank Ramsey’s philosophical development and the “realistic spirit”.
Tutor at Magdalen College and St Edmund Hall, Oxford
Dr Varney has spent her entire academic life at Oxford University, completing a four year MA in Biochemistry at Magdalen College, before moving to St Edmund Hall to complete her PhD in Chemistry. During her time at Oxford, she has been involved Oxford’s annual interviews and admissions process for multiple colleges in Chemistry. Dr Varney has considerable experience in teaching undergraduates, having been a tutorial and seminar tutor at Oxford for several years.
Director of Studies (HSPS) at Downing College, Cambridge University and Fellow at St Catherine’s College, Cambridge University
Dr Wydra was educated at the Universities of Regensburg, Germany and Salamanca, Spain before undertaking a PhD in Social and Political Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence. He has held visiting fellowships in Paris and Canberra and is currently editing a Handbook of Political Anthropology. Dr Wydra has been a Fellow at St Catherine’s College, Cambridge since 2003 and is a co-founder and editor of the journal International Political Anthropology.
Varsity Education offers programmes throughout the year at both St Cross College, Oxford University and Peterhouse, Cambridge University. Whilst the core syllabus is largely similar, the courses vary in subject choices, location, accommodation and dates. Please view the different programmes on offer below.
Oxford Summer College is held at St Cross College, in the 'city of dreaming spires'. Studying in Oxford provides students with a fantastic chance to experience student life in the city first-hand, and to expand their academic knowledge in the beautiful, historic surroundings.
Held at Peterhouse, Cambridge Summer College is ideally placed for high-achieving students wishing to further their academic knowledge whilst experiencing the idyllic surroundings of Cambridge.
Cambridge Winter College takes place in December at Cambridge University. Top students have the unique opportunity to experience undergraduate life in the city at Christmas, developing their academic curiosity in advance of Oxbridge applications.
Take a look at the timetable here to see an example of how your typical day might look:
|08:00||Breakfast||Held in the main hall|
|09:00||Lecture||Given by one of the Oxbridge Fellows on subject choice one*|
*Students pick two subjects of their choice to specialise in for the duration of the programme
|10:15||Seminar||On subject two* given in small groups no more than six students|
*Students pick two subjects of their choice to specialise in for the duration of the programme
|11:30||Free Study Period||Students use this time to prepare for the following day's lessons (e.g. reading, tackling problem sheets, researching and planning essays)|
|13:30||Lunch||From one of the nearby shops, cafes or restaurants|
|14:00||Afternoon Workshops||Oxbridge preparation workshops such as personal statement writing, current affairs, group discussions, mock interviews|
|16:00||Tutorials or Activities*||Tutorials in your chosen subjects or an activity such as croquet, tour of the city or museum visit|
*Two hour session
|18:30||Dinner||Held in the main hall|
|19:30||Evening Activity||Such as a theatre trip, ice skating, or guest lecture|
As a not for profit organisation we reinvest any surplus funds into broadening access to higher education and continually improving the quality of our tuition and support. This enables us to provide students with the essential skills needed for a prestigious university career, regardless of their background.
Every year we award full scholarships to students from non-traditional Oxbridge backgrounds. We provide them with preparation and support for their Oxbridge application that may not be readily available through their school.
We continuously endeavour to expand our school outreach scheme, working with schools that do not regularly have pupils applying to Oxford or Cambridge.