Our main speakers were Dr Richard Earl, Tutor for Admissions at Worcester College and Dr Steve Rayner, Senior Tutor at Somerville College. They explained how the admission process works and what tutors are looking for in prospective students. Although the standard is high, the success rate for applications is about one in five, which is better than many other good universities. For some subjects applicants may be required to sit subject tests or send in examples of written work. When students are called to interview, tutors are not trying to catch them out, but to see how the student tackles a question.
We heard about how the University and colleges are organised, how to choose a college (you are not obliged to do so) and the tutorial system where two students meet weekly with their tutor. Tutorials (called Supervisions at Cambridge) are a highlight of studying at Oxford: few other universities offer personal tuition by an acknowledged expert in your subject.