Churston Ferrers Grammar School

Tel: 01803 842289



Applying to Oxford and Cambridge

Applying to Oxford or Cambridge can seem daunting and you may need extra support, advice, and preparation. To help you we have a programme designed to support students who are thinking of applying. The first thing to recognise is that entry is extremely competitive so potential applicants should be aware of the following:

  • Having excellent GCSE results (the average successful applicant will have at least seven grades 8/9)
  • Being predicted all A’s at A-Level with at least one A*
  • Having a passion for their subject beyond the A Level Specifications
  • Having an inquiring mind, a relish for academic work and self-discipline
  • Extending knowledge by completing suitable MOOCS, submitting an Extended Project
  • Success will also depend on interviews which take place in December

For individual subject requirements, you will need to take a look at the website for each university.

Towards the end of Year 12 I became interested in applying to Oxford to study Law. I attended the Summer Open Days on a school trip which was really enjoyable as we looked around the city as well as all the colleges, helping us decide where exactly to apply. The school has been very helpful and supportive in helping me with all stages of the UCAS process. – Year 13 Student


We run an Oxbridge group for students who are planning to apply to Oxford or Cambridge. Here’s the timetable for applying:

The Oxbridge Group

The Oxbridge group meets regularly at lunchtime to provide you with:

  • Personal support from the dedicated Oxbridge Coordinator
  • Advice on how Oxford & Cambridge differ from other universities
  • Advice on choosing colleges
  • Advice on reading/preparation
  • Information about admissions tests
  • Advice on UNIQ (Oxford) & Sutton Trust summer schools
  • A chance to examine applications and references of previous applicants
  • A chance to research and present relevant subject topics to the group
  • Discussion with current or former Oxbridge students
  • Attendance at an annual, local Oxbridge Conference
  • Attendance at the Oxford/Cambridge Open Days
  • Subject specific interview practice
  • UCAS support