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Preparing for the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford

If you’re aspiring to study at the University of Cambridge or the University of Oxford you can join our Oxbridge Preparation programme where you will take part in carefully planned workshops and seminars throughout your first year of study to support you in your application to the UK’s most competitive universities. Being based in Cambridge means that there are a high number of suitable super-curricular activities for students to participate in. For example, the University of Cambridge’s ‘Festival of Ideas’ features lectures from world-leading academics from a wide variety of specialisms. Long Road students are also able to attend lectures from university’s societies, such as the Cambridge University Geography Society (CUGS). We also support and encourage our students to enter various Cambridge and Oxford colleges’ essay competitions; these competitions are a brilliant opportunity to further explore a student’s chosen area of study.

To complement this programme, small seminars are run throughout the year which explores emerging academic areas. These discussions are thought-provoking and give our students interesting material to include in their personal statements. In your second year of study, you will receive one-to-one support from recent Oxbridge alumni when writing your personal statements. If you are successfully selected for an interview you will receive multiple mock interviews with recent Oxford and Cambridge University alumni.

Stuart Keppie
Long Road Alumnus 2012
BSc Biological Science, University of East Anglia
DPhil Interdisciplinary Bioscience PhD, University of Oxford

“During my time at Long Road (2010–2012) I studied Biology, Physics, Mathematics and Computing. I thoroughly enjoyed my time and got a lot out of the experience. I found a particular affinity for Biology stimulated by the course content and the enthusiastic teaching, which inspired me to continue onto a BSc in Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia. I am now studying for a PhD at the University of Oxford in Interdisciplinary Bioscience, researching osteoarthritis.

The best things about Long Road were the approachability of the teachers, and the academic and extra-curricular provisions. The feedback on my course work and advice on my personal statement helped me get to where I am today. I loved the atmosphere, opportunities and mix of people at Long Road. Going to the gym, studying with friends in the LRC and getting involved with extra-curricular clubs sparked passions and good habits to which I now credit my success. I was given a strong academic foundation for university, and was motivated by those around me to become stronger and be better.”

Careers and Progression Support

We run 5 annual careers events across the academic year, bringing industry experts and universities on campus to talk to you directly. All of our Year 1 students are invited to the UCAS Higher Education Conference held in Cambridgeshire every summer giving you the opportunity to talk hundreds of university staff and attend workshops led by UCAS experts. You will also have access to online careers and progression materials, take part in visits to employers, lectures and workshops led by guest speakers to help you explore your future career plans and give you expert, up-to-date advice on developing your interview and employability skills.

Your personal Progress Coaches will give you tailored advice to help you successfully achieve your career goals. You will attend weekly group tutorials where you will research different routes into your chosen career and identify what pathway best suits your needs and goals. Your Progress Coach will give you ongoing individual support to get the most out of your study programme, continuously overseeing and updating you and your family on your academic progress.

Whatever subjects you choose to study with us at Long Road you’ll be encouraged to undertake work experience, with our friendly staff readily available to help you identify appropriate opportunities. Using our strong links with the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, our students have shadowed doctors, physiotherapists, nutritionists, dieticians and various other roles across Addenbrookes Hospital.