John Masefield Sixth Form Competitive University Courses What is The Russell Group Formed in 1994 at a meeting convened in Russell Square. An association of 24 major research universities, committed to maintaining the highest standards of research and education. Represents only about 10% of the higher education sector but in 2010 60% of the best (world leading)
research was completed there. The Russell Group
Birmingham Bristol Cambridge Cardiff DurhamEdinburgh Exeter Glasgow Imperial College Kings College Leeds Liverpool LSE Manchester
Newcastle Nottingham Queen Mary Queens University Belfast Oxford Sheffield SouthamptonUCL Warwick York Some great universities (Bath, Loughborough, Lancaster, Sussex etc.) not on list 1 in 3 JMHS Sixth formers usually secure a place in What kind of A Level grades will I need?
English at Sheffield AAB Chemistry at Durham A*AA AAA to A*AA at Oxford with a few at A*A*A. At least AAA in most cases for Medicine. Excellent GCSEs still important and some courses will have specific requirements eg medical courses. But there are other degree courses with lower
requirements than this What do Russell Group say about A Level subject choices ? http://www.russellgroup.ac.uk/ http://www.russellgroup.ac.uk/media/5457/inf ormed-choices-2016.pdf Excellent pdf downloadable guide to subject choices! Facilitating subjects Some A level subjects are more frequently required
than others Facilitating subjects Maths & Further Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, History, modern languages, English. For Russell Group at least one and sometimes two facilitating subjects must normally have been taken However some courses have no specific subject requirements or identify subjects as desirable but not essential. UCAS Medical Applications data
Applicants 21,932 (2016) Receive offer 37% of applicants No offer 63% of applicants One offer 21% Two offers 10% (One of our students this year) Three offers 4%
Four offers 1% (One of students in 2016) Medicine and Veterinary Key to success : You need a very strong set of GCSE results to be considering these courses Choose the right A levels do your research but you need 3 academic subjects : Medicine MUST have Chemistry plus another science usually Biology
Veterinary science need Biology plus Maths, Physics or Chemistry Evidence of relevant experience. Work experience is vital Very specific work experience needed for veterinary science For medicine they are looking for commitment e.g sustained voluntary work ideally working with people e.g the Cottage Hospital
Hereford hospital run a fantastic 2 day course for interested medics apply after GCSE results as they only accept students with a strong set of results . To Apply You are only able to apply for 4 out of your 5 choices for these courses. For the majority of medical courses you need to sit a UKCAT test in the summer of year 12 . For some medical courses you need to sit a BMAT test in November of year 13 .
Medicine- Useful web sites Leeds Medical School web site Widening Access to Medical School (WAMS). Royal College of General Practitioners web site. Liverpool and Newcastle Medical Schools web sites. Oxford & Cambridge (Oxbridge)Applications Students from John Masefield Sixth Form
Recently students have gone on to study: Music Medicine Engineering Languages
Architecture Will Oxbridge suit me? Use the same rationale as for other universities. Consider: Your academic and wider interests Entrance requirements and any ongoing grade
requirements. Course structure and content. Types of assessment (Oxford and Cambridge assess more with traditional end of module / year exams) Graduate prospects Academic Life Terms are short (only 8 weeks!) and intense. Lectures larger group (30 to 200 people) Absorb, take notes.
Classes Like lessons at our Sixth form and similar style .10-15 people. Practicals certain subjects only eg Biochemistry, Engineering. Tutorials
Tutorials (Oxford) Supervisions (Cambridge) Key selling point and differentiator for Oxbridge. Intense 1 to 2 or sometimes 1 to 1 sessions. An hour long and receive one or two per week. Tailored to areas you need to focus on eg a particularly challenging problem /essay/text. Forms the focus of a lot of independent study. Can be with the people who wrote the books you have been reading! Contact time and independent study
Overall a working week is about 40 hours to succeed. Typically in Year One 12-15 hours actual teaching (contact)per week depending on subject. Rest made up of independent study (25-28 hours) Self discipline and organisation are crucial! The College System Oxford 35 Colleges and Cambridge 29 offering undergraduate study.
Different to other universities besides Durham. Each College is like a mini-campus. Academic buildings, accommodation, Social and Recreational areas. Applications The Oxbridge application cycle Summer of Y12 (if not earlier) Choose course (more important than choice of College!) Choose College or make open application. Register for and sit any admissions tests /assessment eg LMat.
By Mid October. Apply by 15th October Interviews in December Decision in January (on average 1 in 6 applications made offer varies with subject) Oxford- Longer, more intense interviews, fewer interviews and offers, slightly lower grades. Cambridge- More interviews given, shorter interviews, more offers but with higher grades. The 4Rs for interview success Right subject know about it and why you are
interested. Excellent academic Record. Read around the subject and think critically and analytically. Revise and embed your learning from A Level as it will be tested. What do Oxford & Cambridge say they are looking for.
Genuine interest in subject Good fit between applicant and course. Excellent academic record.(A Level & GCSE!) Excellent core knowledge and technical fluency AT A LEVEL. Focus, determination Ability to think independently and critically. Vocational commitment (Medicine /Vet.) What Qualities are universities looking for?
Students who stick up for themselves and stand out. A student who can address issues in a logical fashion and reason from premise to conclusion. Even if a student is hesitant or shy, how well they think will still be evident Professor Thomas Noe, Oxford. Support for your application at JMH6
Preparation from the start of Y12 A Medical Applications Programme. An Oxbridge Applications Programme Bespoke support and additional mentoring to meet all deadlines comfortably. Strong support & guidance for writing first class personal statements. . Support for your application at JMH6 Practice interviews including Headteacher and
outside specialists. Support with gaining work experience if appropriate or summer school placements. HE Plus Programme in association with Cambridge University. Bursary & Placement opportunities with QinetiQ. Widening access opportunities available to smaller school Sixth Forms. Dont be put off if its right for you Students from JM6 go on to study at both Oxford and Cambridge.
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