Oxbridge preparation

Preparing for Oxbridge with Bellerbys College

International students looking to progress to world-class universities such as the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge can gain the skills they need at Bellerbys College. We have been preparing international students to study a variety of degrees at Oxford and Cambridge for more than 50 years.

Places at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge are competitive. You need more than just good grades to get a place at these prestigious universities. We know how to help ensure you submit an impressive application to Oxford or Cambridge. Bellerbys has an Oxbridge preparation structure with specialist resources in place to offer the appropriate support for students looking to apply to Oxbridge.

Support from Bellerbys

Applying to Oxbridge can be challenging, so we offer a range of support options for all our students looking to progress to Oxford or Cambridge.

  • A dedicated tutor group and weekly tutorials with your personal tutor
  • One-to-one UCAS support and guidance on university applications, including personal statement workshops
  • Regular assessment to keep you on track
  • A range of enrichment activities to challenge your abilities, including youth parliament, debating, classical studies and a young scientist group
  • Interview coaching, such as mock face-to-face interviews and structured feedback that allows you to improve your performance
  • Admission and aptitude test preparation
  • Opportunity to take part in local and national competitions, including those connected to University of Cambridge and Oxford
  • The EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) – A Level students will have an option to complete an EPQ in order to attain extra UCAS points

Collegiate system

One of the most unique features of Oxbridge is the collegiate system used, where students apply not just to the university, but a specific college. At Bellerbys, we use a specialist software to help students narrow down their choice in applying to the best college for them. This includes descriptions of the colleges, as well as the success rate for your subject choice.

Entrance exams

Alongside your UCAS application, Oxbridge applicants may also have to sit entrance exams. These exams are a way for the universities to filter applications. Entrance exams are challenging, but we will support you during the process. Examples of specific exams you may take, include:

  • LNAT for Law
  • MAT for Maths
  • PAT for Physics
  • HAT for History
  • TSA for Economics or Politics, Philosophy and Economics

Olivia from Indonesia

Olivia at Bellerbys

"Studying at Bellerbys can help me gain a place in one of the best universities in the world, which will provide me excellent preparation for my career. In terms of my personal statement and UCAS application, I’ve got a personal tutor to ensure that my personal statement is good enough. In terms of interview preparation, Bellerbys provided me with practice interview sessions."

Olivia from Indonesia - Studied A Levels and achieved A*A*A*, now studying Mathematics and Statistics at Exeter College, University of Oxford

Studying in the UK

Bellerbys London Star Student Chinwendu Diyoke

Open yourself up to a whole world of opportunity and experiences by choosing to study in the UK.

A Levels

Bellerbys Cambridge students in a Foundation Media class at the College

A Levels are British qualifications, accepted by all universities in the UK and recognised in the USA and Australia. Students who are with us for five or six terms will typically study up to four A Levels. This gives you a world of choice.