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.
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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.
Our two-week university preparation programme is offered throughout the year in both Oxford and Cambridge. The core syllabus is the same in all locations, the courses do vary in subject choices, location, accommodation and dates. Please view the different programmes on offer below.
Oxford Summer College is held across a number of colleges in the 'city of dreaming spires’ and provides a fantastic chance to experience student life first-hand. This exclusive opportunity means students can expand their academic knowledge in beautiful and historic surroundings.
Cambridge Summer College is held at Peterhouse, the oldest of the Cambridge colleges. High-achieving students seeking to further their academic knowledge can do so at the worlds second oldest university whilst experiencing idyllic surroundings.
Cambridge Winter College takes place in December at Cambridge University. This Christmas students have the unique opportunity to experience undergraduate life and develop their academic curiosity ahead of Oxbridge applications.
Take a look at the timetable here to see an example of how your typical day might look:
|08:00||Breakfast||In college 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|
|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||Personal statement writing, current affair debates, group discussions and mock interviews are some of the preparatory workshops held.|
|16:00||Tutorials or Activities*||Tutorials in chosen subjects or an activity such as croquet, a tour of the city or museum visit.|
|18:30||Dinner||In college dining hall|
|19:30||Evening Activity||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.