An application to the universities of Oxford or Cambridge is undeniably designed for the extremely bright, highly motivated candidate. The competition for places at these universities is particularly stiff. Pupils are strongly advised to listen carefully to the assessment provided by Dr Peregrine Rand (Head of Oxbridge Admissions - Arts & Social Sciences), Mr William Taylor (Head of Oxbridge Admissions - Maths & Sciences) and the appropriate Heads of Department before committing themselves to an application. More information is available in the Higher Education Choices and Decisions guide on the UK University Applications page of this website.
All prospective candidates should consult the Oxford or Cambridge websites or the undergraduate prospectuses available in the Higher Education and Careers Library. A number of talks and presentations for potential Oxbridge candidates take place at Charterhouse throughout the year, which all interested pupils are welcome to attend.
Entry involves conditional offers based on the UCAS Application Form which must be submitted by 15 October, an interview and in some subjects additional aptitude tests and submitted written work. Interviews are held during the first three weeks in December and there is no flexibility in the timings. The dates are published in advance in the prospectus and on the website.
Both Oxford and Cambridge require candidates to take aptitude tests for almost all courses. Oxford has had this requirement for a number of years, whereas Cambridge has recently introduced aptitude tests for applicants for 2017 entry. These are generally held on the first Wednesday in November. Please see each department websites within the Oxford University website and the Cambridge University website for more information.
There are special arrangements for Organ, Choral and Instrumental awards. The application forms are available online and prospective candidates must consult the music department in order to complete their application forms by the earlier deadline.