Evidence shows the great importance that employers place on ‘character, attitude and behaviour’ in assessing the future potential of candidates. Similarly, university admissions tutors are looking not for what a student has already achieved, but what they are capable of achieving in the future.
This is particularly true of the elite universities like Oxbridge which receive only A*/A applicants, and so look for additional qualities in selecting the strongest candidates with the greatest potential.
Students are guided to take responsibility for their own performance and wellbeing through participation in enrichment and extra-curricular programmes that develop them as a person. Learning to be confident, resilient, pro-active and focussed is key to performing at our best. All students take part in an off-site residential course at the beginning of the academic year to introduce them to team-building and leadership skills and are encouraged to take part in the following activities throughout their stay with us.
Useful Links for Students
- How to Study Effectively: An online resource created by Discover Business Online with the help of experienced entrepreneurs, strategists, consultants and professors, offering help on note-taking and reading comprehension and more
- Essay writing: A short guide on YouTube by Tim Wilson of Zontul Films Ltd
- The Student Room: The UK’s largest online student community and provides students with opportunities to chat with thousands of other students about anything related to applying to universities, living in the UK and other subjects.
- Read our presentation Getting into top UK universities
- The Khan Academy: This site features nearly 3,000 genuinely useful videos explaining pretty much anything from French Invasion of Russia through to Quadratic Equations. Everything is free and there is no advertising. If you are stuck with your homework you may well find the solution here.
- The BBC: One of the world’s largest websites which amongst you will find educational news and some educational resources. The educational resources cover all ages.
- The New Scientist: This weekly publication is essential for those studying for A-level sciences who are aiming at top universities. Parts of their website are accessible to all, while others are only to subscribers. Oxford International College students have access to the paper version in the student common room.
- The Economist: This weekly publication is essential for those studying for A-level in Economics and related subjects who are aiming at top universities. Parts of their website are accessible to all, while others are only to subscribers. Oxford International College students have access to the paper version in the student common room.
- The Financial Times: A daily newspaper aimed at the finance and business sectors. A limit of 30 free pages per week is probably enough to keep of key business and finance news. Should be of interest to Business Studies students and those studying related subjects.
- NASA: A great site for those interested in space exploration, it is essential reading if you are considering astrophysics or are hoping to study physics at a top university.
- TED Talks: Another brilliant site packed full with very well presented and thoughtful videos. In particular, check out TED-Ed for award-winning original lessons, representing collaborations between expert educators, screenwriters and animators.