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Time is running out! Where are you with your Oxbridge preparation?

Gaining acceptance to Oxford or Cambridge university is notoriously difficult with acceptance rates as low as 17.5% and 21% respectively.

Admissions teams are looking for evidence of the student pursuing their chosen subject outside of school and challenging themselves to take the most rigorous curriculum on offer to them.

It takes time and effort to develop a compelling profile, so it is essential to start working on your application in Year 12.

There is a lot to prepare for an Oxbridge application and the competition is fierce, which is why many ambitious students seek external help to refine their application.


What Admissions Officers are looking for

Both Oxford and Cambridge are looking for a scholar; a capable academic who is passionate, rigorous and resilient in the pursuit of knowledge.

Academic potential

Alongside A/A* grades Oxbridge want to see evidence of you challenging yourself academically outside of the classroom, proving your readiness for university.

Intellectual curiosity

They want to see that you've studied and explored your subject deeply through your personal statement and interview.

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Uk Admissions Preparation Timeline

Crimson is here to help!

Applying to Oxbridge is a difficult task which is why so many students seek external support.

Each of our programmes are tailored to the student and are delivered by a carefully selected team of mentors who provide focussed support with each and every aspect of the process.

We are proud to say that students who work with us are four times as likely to get into their dream university than those who apply alone.

By speaking to one of our Academic Advisors you will receive;

  • A full review of your academic and extracurricular profile
  • Tailored guidance as to suitable university pathways
  • An outline of what they need to do to achieve their goals
University strategy

Multi-year support with application preparation and submission with the help of a personalised roadmap.

Admission test tutoring

One-to-one sessions covering test content, technique and confidence for the best chance of getting a great score.

Personal statement development

Support with personal statement ideation, tone, language and structure as well as multi-draft feedback.

Academic enrichment

A programme of interactive activities, advanced readings and follow-up assignments building subject expertise, academic critical analysis and conceptual understanding skills.

Interview preparation

Coaching on how to answer common questions and communicate a story persuasively.

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Crimson student: Maria

[Admissions Officers] want you to show specific skills, and Crimson was really helpful at identifying those.”

Maria was born and raised in St. Petersburg and moved to London when she was 8, later going on to Godolphin and Latymer School. She benefitted from university strategy, personal statement development and interview tutoring whilst at Crimson.

Maria started working with us in March 2020 when she was in Year 12. She came to us with good grades but worked with her mentors to perfect her personal statement and prepare for interviews.

With our support, Maria gained acceptance to the University of Cambridge to study Linguistics and started there in 2021.


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