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 over 200 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.