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Oxbridge & Russell Group Preparation Programme

If you’re aspiring to study at the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford or any Russell Group University you can join our Oxbridge & Russell Group 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.

Meet our programme leaders below:






Tim Whittaker
Head of Studies
BSc Psychology, University of East London
MBA General Management, University of Hertfordshire.

“I especially enjoy going to visit the college’s and having a lovely lunch in wonderful surroundings.”

Sarah Trolley
Teacher of Science
BA (Hons) Geography, St. Hilda’s College, University of Oxford

“It’s amazing to see students’ passion for their subject”