FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

  • How quickly do you respond to enquiries?

    We’ll aim to get back to you within 24 hours of receiving your enquiry (working hours, Monday to Friday).

  • How long does the admissions process take?

    From the moment you get in touch with us to the offer of a place, our admissions process can – in some cases – only take three days. Timings do vary, though, as each student’s application journey is different. Please speak to our admissions team to find out more.

  • Do you offer boarding?

    Yes, we offer boarding in comfortable boarding houses, each of which is within walking distance of our main college site. Our accommodation is staffed by a wonderful team of highly skilled house parents, who provide the care and individual support each student needs to thrive.

  • Is the college open to all nationalities?

    Oxford Sixth Form College is a truly international community that’s home to students from more than 35 countries. We embrace and celebrate our cultural diversity, learning, collaborating, and growing together as global citizens.

  • Will I need to sit an entrance exam or interview? 

    As part of the admissions process, prospective students are invited to an informal interview. This is an opportunity to talk about your strengths, academic interests, and hobbies, and discuss your personal goals – including university or career aspirations.

    International students who don’t have IGCSE qualifications in English or maths will also be asked to sit an entry test. We may ask you to complete an English language test, too. If you’re applying for one of our scholarships, we’ll invite you to sit an assessment in the relevant subject.

    To find out more, please get in touch with our admissions team or visit our eligibility page.

  • What size are your classes?

    The college is known for its small group, tutorial-style approach to teaching. In classes averaging just six – and with a teacher-student ratio of 1 to 4 – you’ll receive expert academic instruction and unwavering personal support. Our classes are informal and interactive environments, too, where ideas, creativity, and individuality flourish.

  • Which universities do your students go to?

    Our students’ outstanding success takes them to some of the world’s top universities. Destinations include the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, and Imperial College London.

  • What is the college’s timetable?

    Classes run between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday. Every student’s day is different, depending on the academic programme being followed and subjects studied.

  • Boarding: What meals will I eat?

    Students living at St Ebbe’s and Pensons Gardens enjoy breakfast and an evening meal seven days a week. At Alice House, our older students tuck into a healthy, nutritious breakfast each morning, but cook their own meals in the evening. This is excellent preparation for independent living at university!

  • Boarding: Will I have my own room?

    Yes, every student has their own private, ensuite bedroom.

  • Boarding: Can friends visit me in the boarding house?

    Yes, your friends can come and see you. It’s important that guests stay in the common areas; they’re not allowed in your or anyone else’s bedroom. We limit the number of visitors at any one time for safety reasons.

  • Boarding: Can I decorate my bedroom?

    Yes, we actively encourage you to personalise your bedroom. We want you to feel at home in a space that really feels like your own.

  • Boarding: How much free time will I have?

    Every student’s timetable is different, but classes typically run between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday. Your time is your own before and after dinner. At the weekend, you can take part in college-organised activities or explore Oxford. We also expect you to make time for homework, assignments, and exam preparation.