Cambridge and Oxford application basics

So, you want to apply to Cambridge or Oxford?    Here are the basics for preparing an application to either institution. Grades count!  If you are an IB Diploma student then your target is 40-42 inc. 776 in HLs for Cambridge and 38-40 inc. 776 in HLs for Oxford.  See the IB Diploma link for Cambridge here and for Oxford here. For A Level students your target will be 3 or 4 subjects with scores ranging from A*A*A to AAA.   See the A Level link ...

Applying Early to the UK or USA?

Whether you are applying to Oxford, Cambridge, Vet/Dentist/Med School or you are looking at applying Early Decision to the USA you need to start writing your application essays and filling in the pages of the application forms NOW! Oxford, Cambridge, Medical School and most Veterinary and Dentistry applications in the UK are due on or before October 15th. Check out the information on UCAS for all deadlines. Early Decision and Early Action deadlines vary in the USA.  Some are as early as October, some are November 1st, ...

Using IB Thinking to Explore Oxford

This post is written by Rosanna Montalbano, an IB Educator who works with OSC on their Pre IB Summer Schools and by providing School Visits to IB Schools globally.   Find out more about the Pre IB programme in Oxford by visiting the OSC website. This was an AWESOME assignment: I took groups of Pre IBDP students around Oxford in the afternoons and generate IB thinking from the venues we visited. Just up my street, especially since Oxford is such an interesting city, with ...

Spend next summer at Oxford, Cambridge or Harvard and MIT

Every summer, over 1000 IB students from around the world attend OSC’s Pre IB Summer Schools and Mid IB Summer Courses. If you are starting the IB Diploma Programme next year, or will be going into your second year after the summer break, why not join OSC and have a summer to remember?   As we fast approach the end of the year, we know the summer seems like a long way off; and you have got so much to do between ...

Prepare for your IB exams with OSC

The holidays are almost upon us, and whilst you deserve a well-earned break, the final exams are just around the corner. Now is an ideal time to get your revision started, but what about the month or so before the exams? Attend an OSC IB Revision Course and ensure you are completely prepared.   Students secure their university places by increasing their grades by an average of 1.1 per subject*. *OSC student survey       The May exams do feel like a long time away but ...