Oxford & Cambridge College prep & admission courses | Varsity Education

Applications now open for Cambridge Winter College
10th-22nd December

Expert university preparation in historic Oxford and Cambridge

Varsity Education  runs unique and highly popular summer and winter university preparation programmes in Oxford and Cambridge for 15 to 18 year olds, taught exclusively by Oxbridge academics. The Varsity Education winter college is the only university preparation programme of its kind and ensures students in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia have opportunities to attend. 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 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.​


High-achieving students seeking to further their academic knowledge can do so at the worlds second oldest university whilst experiencing idyllic surroundings.


Students on the world’s first Oxbridge winter programme will live, eat and study in Queens’ College Cambridge. Varsity Education’s Winter College is the only university preparation programme to have specialist Oxbridge fellows design and lead the classes, allowing students to truly experience life at a world leading university.


15y/o - 18y/o

*Contact us regarding applications for 15 year old students

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:

08:00BreakfastStudents kick off the day with breakfast together before a daily briefing with the Varsity team.
09:00-13:00Morning SeminarsEach morning students participate in seminars in both of their subjects, learning about new topics, discussing and debating ideas and presenting to each other. With just 4-6 students per class, led by expert tutors and Oxbridge academics, these seminars provide engaging and in-depth learning opportunities.
13:00-14:00LunchStudents are free to explore the city with their new friends and grab lunch in one of the many chic cafes, multicultural restaurants or vibrant markets.
14:00-16:00Afternoon workshops

These workshops help prepare students for the highly competitive university admissions process with the confidence, skills and knowledge required for success. The workshops cover personal statement writing, exam and interview skills, current affairs, debating, essay writing, critical thinking and more.

16:00-18:00Tutorials or activitiesAfter the workshops, students will either meet with their subject tutors in a one-on-one tutorial to discuss their work or take part in fun or educational activities, ranging from honing their public speaking skills to playing sports or participating in a scavenger hunt!
18:30-19:30DinnerStudents eat and socialise together in the college dining hall.
19:30Evening ActivityEvenings include cultural and social events for our students. This could be a guest lecture, a quiz night, a theatre trip or a visit to the ice rink. Towards the end of the course we host a formal college dinner, ensuring everyone is able to experience a key part of Oxbridge life.

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