1. what the programme involves

    Target Oxbridge is a free programme that aims to help black African and Caribbean students and students of mixed race with black African and Caribbean heritage increase their chances of getting into the Universities of Oxford or Cambridge (known collectively as Oxbridge). Since launching in 2012, Target Oxbridge has helped 140 students to secure Oxbridge offers.

    The programme is open to UK-based students in Year 12 (as well as, in certain circumstances Year 13). The students accepted onto the programme will be high attainers – they will ideally have achieved 5 GCSEs at grades 9, 8 or 7. In the case of students hoping to study Medicine, they will ideally have achieved 8 GCSEs at grades 9 or 8. Priority will be given to applicants from state schools.

    The various strands of the programme focus on intellectual, cultural and social development irrespective of personal or economic barriers. These strands include:

    • Regular contact with a black or minority ethnic Oxbridge graduate to pinpoint your strengths, discuss your aspirations and identify areas for development.
    • A tailored series of critical theory discussions, seminars, Oxbridge-style tutorials, visits to both universities and guest speaker events.
    • Advice on making the right degree subject, university and college selection.
    • Personalised advice on your personal statement, UCAS form, SAQ statement and other submitted materials including essays, statements of purpose and portfolios.
    • Structured Oxbridge interview practice, test preparation sessions with trained markers/assessors and revision workshops.
    • One-on-one mentoring.

    Privacy Policy

    In collaboration with:     University of Cambridge  logo     University of Oxford  logo


Joshua Oware FRSA

Josh is Rare’s Research and Community Affairs Co-ordinator. He’s responsible for: Target Oxbridge, Rare’s research and innovation output, advising universities and the Ubuntu Education Fund, and writing / commentating for clients, conferences and the media on race, education, politics and equality.

A geography student, he gained the highest First in his year at Oxford University, graduating as the 'Gibbs Scholar', and is currently reading for a Masters in Sociology at the University of Cambridge.

A Rare candidate since his second year, he was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Civic Award in 2013 for positive contributions to University, local and national civic life and has since been elected as a Fellow to the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

In October 2013 he won the London Schools and the Black Child (LSBC) academic achievement award, run by the office of Diane Abbott, MP.

While at Oxford, Josh Chaired the Council for Racial Awareness and Equality (CRAE), wrote articles, independent research and a book, and served as the vice-President of the African-Caribbean Society. In addition, he coordinated the University's Black History Month programme in 2012, launched the first Race Equality Question Time Event with Trevor Phillips OBE, and organised a university Variety Show, headlined by MOBO award-winner, Akala.

With his work on empowerment and opportunity, the Runnymede Trust, the UK’s leading Equality Think Tank, commissioned Josh to write features in their quarterly magazine. In 2011, Josh looked to take his interests abroad and he worked for an international educational NGO, UWC Adriatic, in Italy. Working with Ambassador Gianfranco Bonetti, he designed a new, now active, five-year fundraising campaign that builds on their existing work of taking bright but disadvantaged children from around the world (refugee camps, war-torn nations) and educating them in peace, sustainability and togetherness. He also sits on the Amos Bursary Learning and Development Committee.