Reasons Our Children Could Apply To Oxford or Cambridge

Our children studying at great universities such Oxford and Cambridge have its perks. PBUP is pleased to share some of what ‘Target Oxbridge’ tells us about these perks.

Life Chances:

Oxbridge students only make up 1.5% of students studying in the UK, a disproportionately large number of the UK’s most powerful, influential and successful people studied at Oxbridge.

  • 86% of Prime Ministers educated at Oxbridge
  • 65% of Cabinet Ministers (2012) educated at Oxbridge
  • 81% of Law lords and Judges in the Appeal and High Courts (2004) educated at Oxbridge
  • 56% of UK’s Top University educated Journalists (2006) educated at Oxbridge
  • 39% of CEOs of FTSE 100 Companies (2007) educated at Oxbridge

The People and Networks

Oxbridge is the intellectual home of some of the brightest people in the world. Studying there means our children be surrounded by them, and be one of them. The friends they will make and the networks they will build will be invaluable long after they graduate.

The Tutorial System

The Tutorial System is unique to Oxbridge. Students meet individually or in small groups with a tutor and receive personalised constructive criticism and advice.

The Fun

Oxbridge has a reputation for pushing its students to work very hard, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have time for any fun. They have over 1500 societies between both universities for students to join. African and Caribbean Society (ACS) are also present at these universities.

The Financial Support

Finances are probably the main hindrance to parents considering Oxbridge. It apparently doesn’t cost more to attend Oxbridge than other universities – it can actually be better value for money as both universities have generous bursary schemes. Oxford will be offering both reduced fees and bursaries to eligible candidates in addition to the support available from the Government. The top support from Oxford, for families with an income below £16,000, will total £10,000 in the first year and over £6,000 in every later year. Based on current student profiles the university estimates one in six students will receive either a reduced fee or a bursary.

We love the fact that ‘Target Oxbridge’ reminds us that not getting into Oxbridge is not the end of the world. They say that “Whilst Oxbridge offers a unique experience and wonderful opportunities, there are a number of other universities that offer very good opportunities also. The Russell Group Universities, including universities such as LSE, UCL and Warwick, offer good courses which are held in high esteem by employers.”

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