Languages - General

Oxbridge applications

Every year, we are very fortunate to have pupils who apply to Oxford and Cambridge among a number who decide to take their language studies further at some of the country's leading universities.  We take pride in supporting them throughout the application process, from helping them fine-tune their personal statements and recommending key reading and viewing materials to ensuring that they feel confident ahead of their admissions tests and interviews, if they are lucky enough to be invited to meet their potential new tutors and supervisors.

While it is important to research courses and Colleges thoroughly, below are some links which provide starting points.

Oxford

The Oxford Modern Languages and Classics courses both require applicants to sit an admissions test, the MLAT or the CAT.  Information on these tests can be found here.  Those applying should attempt one or more of the sample papers and speak to their subject teachers or Heads of Department for feedback.

It is also vital that applicants prepare thoroughly for their interviews.  Information on the process can be found here.  They should also contact Mr Jepson to arrange preparation sessions, either in person or by e-mail.

Cambridge

The Cambridge courses in Modern and Medieval Languages and Classics require applicants to sit written assessments while they are up at Cambridge for interviews.  Information on the MML tests, which will include a summary in the target language and an analysis in English of a reading passage, can be found here, while the entry requirements for the course are discussed here.  Information on the Classics test can be found here.  Those applying should attempt the papers and speak to their teachers or Heads of Department for feedback.

Interview preparation is also vital.  Cambridge provide information on their interview process here.  Applicants must also contact Mr Jepson to arrange preparation sessions, either in person or by e-mail.