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Varsity Education - University preparation in Oxford & 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 Choose Us

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.

Class of 2015. Chemistry practical at the Medical Sciences Division, Oxford

Academic integrity:

  • Academic courses exclusively designed and headed by current Oxbridge Fellows
  • All staff are Oxbridge Fellows, academics or alumni
  • Held at St Cross College, Oxford University and Peterhouse, Cambridge University

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 

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.

Dr Lea Sayce

Biological Sciences 2015

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.

Dr Ted Roosevelt Malloch

Dr Ted Roosevelt Malloch

Business and Management 2015

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). 

Dr Josephine van Zeben

Dr Josephine van Zeben

English Law 2015

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).

Dr Sally Bayley

Dr Sally Bayley

English Literature 2015

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.

Dr Warren Dockter

Dr Warren Dockter

History 2015

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. 

Dr Emanuel Coman

Dr Emanuel Coman

International Relations 2015

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. 

Dr Lisa Walker

Dr Lisa Walker

Medicine 2015

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. 

Dr Steven Methven

Dr Steven Methven

Philosophy 2015

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”.

Dr Amy Varney

Physical Sciences 2015

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.

Dr Harald Wydra

Dr Harald Wydra

Politics and Economics 2015

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

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.

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.​

St Cross College, Oxford

15y/o - 18y/o


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. 

Peterhouse, Cambridge

15y/o - 18y/o


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.


15y/o - 18y/o

A typical day on one of our programmes

Whether at Cambridge or Oxford, a typical day on any one of our programmes would be divided into academic seminars & lectures, 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:

08:00BreakfastHeld in the main 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
*Students pick two subjects of their choice to specialise in for the duration of the programme
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 WorkshopsOxbridge preparation workshops such as personal statement writing, current affairs, group discussions, mock interviews
16:00Tutorials or Activities*Tutorials in your chosen subjects or an activity such as croquet, tour of the city or museum visit
*Two hour session
18:30DinnerHeld in the main hall
19:30Evening ActivitySuch as a 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