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Applying to Oxbridge
The universities of Oxford and Cambridge, known together as Oxbridge, are among the most prestigious in the UK. It is unsurprising therefore, that every year, they receive thousands of applications, making places highly competitive and securing these an achievement in its own right.
We have spoken to Oxbridge students to find out more about the application process and how blind and partially sighted students can prepare to give themselves the very best chance of success.
We have produced a step-by-step guide for new applicants containing student insights and top tips to help you through each stage!
Top tips for each step in the process
Talk to lots of staff and students when you visit – it will help you to get a sense of the atmosphere living and studying there. It will help you decide where you feel most comfortable and indicate their approach to support.
Start early! It takes longer than you think, and with the Oxbridge deadline much earlier than that of other universities (16 October), it can quickly become a rush to finish.
Check where you will sit your exam when you register, and get in contact with the centre straight away to discuss accessibility and any reasonable adjustments required. Some centres and exams are more prepared for students with vision impairments than others, so give everyone plenty of time to get plans in place.
The tasks involved in an interview vary from subject to subject. Ask in advance what you will be required to do so that you can request any adjustments that may be needed, for example providing materials in an alternative format.
Transition to university
Stay in contact – introduce yourself to the various support teams at the university and discuss what will be needed once you take up your place. You may want to choose a specific room in your accommodation, or have orientation and mobility training to learn the new city. Asking other students for advice on university social media groups can help and be a good way to get to know your peers.
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