On Monday the 26th of March, I was one of a group of four year 12 pupils that attended the annual Oxbridge Conference for the North West, at Haydock Park Racecourse.
All four of us were given the freedom to select our own programme of events for the day, tailored to the individual needs of our career prospects. Course information was provided for a number of proficiencies, ranging from Geography, to Economics, to the field of Medicine. Prior to the day, my particular career path was far from certain, so I decided to attend a diverse range of talks. For me personally, the day proved to be invaluable as it demonstrated that particularly the subject of English was not for me. In addition to individual subject talks from expert teachers in their chosen field, a variety of general information was provided into the Oxbridge way of life.
Incorporated into this, was key information relating to making a competitive application to two of the world’s most famous universities, applying to individual colleges and the possibility of financial assistance available. Although a daunting prospect, the day was very informative, and provided me with a real insight into my personal unknown of Oxbridge life. With beautiful weather (and Catherine’s expert driving) the day was thoroughly enjoyed by all and we now look forward to a summer residential!
In July, we will be given the invaluable experience of visiting both universities incorporated within a three day visit to Oxford and Cambridge. While meeting current students in order to hear their perspectives of university life, we will stay for two nights in the halls where they reside during the academic year. The opportunity to attend lectures will also be available; priceless to anyone considering making an application in year 13.
Report by Mark Hardy