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October Half-Term: Thursday 26th & Friday 27th October 2017

University Admissions Preparation Courses in Cambridge

This coming half-term, Independent Thinkers Education, in conjunction with St Mary’s School, Cambridge, is putting on two days of exciting university admissions preparation workshops; all workshops last two days, and are being held at St Mary’s School, Cambridge. Please see the course brochure below for details about the location and a map. Overnight accommodation may be available for students travelling to the course venue from outside Cambridge.

These workshops will help sixth-form students develop the intellectual skills they need to tackle upcoming university admissions assessments with confidence. We are offering courses in the following Oxbridge admissions assessments: the ELAT; the PAT; the TSA; Cambridge admissions assessments in the Natural Sciences and Engineering; and the new ‘Reading Comprehension’ tests set by Cambridge to assess applicants for degrees in the humanities and social sciences. We are also running LNAT (Law) and BMAT (Medicine) preparation courses.

All courses are run over two days to give students the opportunity to digest what they learn, to practise the skills they are acquiring, and to receive individual feedback on their work from the course tutors. At the end of the first day, there will be a supervised mock test session for all students.

The courses are run by expert tutors, all educated to at least Masters level, and all with extensive teaching experience, particularly of students aged 15-18, and university undergraduates. All tutors hold a first class degree and/ or a distinction at Masters level, and all took their first degree at Oxford or Cambridge; several tutors have doctorates.

The courses are aimed primarily at year 13 students preparing their university applications this year. However, these workshops are not test preparation workshops in the conventional sense; our focus is on supporting students in acquiring and practising important academic skills. As such, the courses have been carefully designed to be stimulating, enjoyable and educational in themselves, and to encourage students to think about their prospective university courses in ways which take them beyond Sixth-Form curricula.

The courses are also open to intellectually curious students in year 12, and even in year 11, who take pleasure in exploring new ideas and challenging themselves academically, and who are hoping to apply to the best universities in the not too distant future.