Oxbridge Entrance: University of Cambridge Seminars for S4 & S5 Pupils

The University of Cambridge is visiting Scotland in February 2018 to deliver a series of seminars for S4 and S5 students who are beginning to consider university. 

The events are open to students in S4 and S5, and to their teachers and advisers.

The seminars will be helpful to highly able students considering Oxford or Cambridge or a competitive university. They will be delivered by Admissions Tutors and Schools Liaison Officers from the University of Cambridge.

If you would be interested in a place in one of these seminars, please let your guidance teacher know as soon as possible and no later than first thing on Friday 12th January. Please note that booking is not a confirmation and confirmations will be emailed to attendees when applications close in mid-January.


The seminars each last 2.5-3 hours with time to register at the start. These seminars will be delivered in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Glasgow on the following times and dates:

Harlaw Academy, AB10 1RG
Wednesday 7th February 2018

13:30 -16:30

Shawlands Academy, G41 3TR
Thursday 8th February 2018

09:30 – 12:30
13:00 – 16:00

Tynecastle High, EH11 2ND
Friday 9th February 2018

14:00 – 17:00



What do the sessions cover?

The seminars will be helpful to students considering Oxford or Cambridge as well as for those applying for subjects which will involve academic interviews (like medicine). They will cover a range of topics, including:

Why Cambridge

  • An introduction to the university, including information on what we can offer to students: world-class teaching, high-quality facilities, exceptional academic and personal support, an accommodation guarantee and excellent employment prospects.

Application to the University of Cambridge

  • What admissions tutors are looking for and how applicants are assessed

Making an application: personal statements

  • Advice on how to write an effective personal statement

Making an application: interviews

  • What to expect and how to prepare

Parallel sessions

  • Teachers/Advisers: Admissions Tutors will lead teachers/advisers through the assessment of applicants using real (anonymous) application forms.
  • Students: Living and studying in Cambridge

Q&A with Admission Tutors and Schools Liaison Officers