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Expert university preparation in historic Oxford and Cambridge

Varsity Education runs unique and highly popular university preparation programmes in Oxford and Cambridge for 15 to 18 year olds, taught exclusively by Oxbridge academics. Our academically intensive residential courses provide our students with tailored guidance on successfully applying to leading UK universities whilst also gaining invaluable undergraduate level experience in two subjects of their choice.

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.

Why Varsity Education

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:

  • Academic courses exclusively designed and headed by current Oxbridge Fellows
  • All staff are Oxbridge Fellows, academics or alumni
  • Held across several colleges in Oxford and Cambridge

Academic focus:

  • Over 45 hours of expert tuition
  • One-on-one subject tutorials and small group (4-6 students) seminars
  • 5:1 student to staff ratio
  • Lab time and practicals for science students
One-on-one Student/Tutor interview

Expert University Preparation:

  • Personal statement guidance and support
  • Realistic mock Oxbridge interviews and exams
  • Course and college selection advice
  • Building each candidate’s academic profile
  • Personal roadmap for Oxbridge success

Developing Academic Profiles

  • Afternoon workshops to develop key university skills
  • Personal subject consultations
  • Individual feedback and end of session reports
  • Extensive reading lists to deepen subject knowledge 

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Teaching Faculty

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 Programmes

An average of only one in five of all Oxbridge applicants is accepted each year.  By completing our academic programme, students will be prepared in the best possible way to succeed.

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

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.​

Oxford

15y/o - 18y/o

cambridge

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

15y/o - 18y/o

cambridge

Winter College takes place in December at Cambridge University. Students have the unique opportunity to experience undergraduate life and develop their academic curiosity ahead of Oxbridge applications.

Cambridge

15y/o - 18y/o

A typical day on one of our programmes

Whether at Cambridge or Oxford, a typical day on one of our programmes would be divided into academic seminars, independent study time, workshops, one-on-one tutorials and activities.

Take a look at the timetable here to see an example of how your typical day might look:

TimeActivityDescription
08:00BreakfastIn college hall
09:00LectureGiven 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
10:15SeminarOn subject two given in small groups no more than six students
11:30Free Study PeriodStudents use this time to prepare for the following day's lessons (e.g. reading, tackling problem sheets, researching and planning essays)
13:30LunchFrom one of the nearby shops, cafes or restaurants
14:00Afternoon WorkshopsPersonal statement writing, current affair debates, group discussions and mock interviews are some of the preparatory workshops held.
16:00Tutorials or Activities*Tutorials in chosen subjects or an activity such as croquet, a tour of the city or museum visit.
18:30DinnerIn college dining hall
19:30Evening ActivityA theatre trip, ice skating, or guest lecture

Proud to be Not for Profit

We want to inspire the next generation of exceptional leaders and academics regardless of background

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.

Support for those who those who need it most

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.  

Call us today on +44 (0)1865 807 140 or e-mail us