Interviews can be a crucial part of the application process, and for Oxford and Cambridge they are usually the most important factor in whether an offer is made. The expectation is that all candidates aiming for Oxbridge entry will be set to achieve the highest grades at A-Level – so the interview serves to find the differences between many high-achieving candidates.
Interviews exist to attempt to measure two things:
1. Does the candidate have a genuine commitment to their chosen course and a real interest in the subject?
2. Does the candidate have the intellectual capability to thrive on the course and succeed? Can they carefully and imaginatively think through problems and develop a clear and rational argument? Can they think on their feet? Will they be interesting and stimulating to teach?
For students applying for Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Medicine, the interview also serves to establish which students are most likely to have the commitment, character and awareness necessary to finish a long and demanding course and continue on to a long career in the medical profession.
At Oxford Sixth Form College we have many years’ experience of such applications and can offer mock interviews with a broad range of tutors who are fully familiar with the processes involved. For those who would like to test or hone their interview skills, we carry out a forty-minute interview followed by twenty minutes of feedback, during which we answer any further questions a candidate may have and give further guidance on how to improve.
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