University Preparation at Sixth Form

Oxbridge Entrance

Our Headmistress, Katharine Birbalsingh, has twenty years of experience in supporting sixth form students with an inner city background applying to Oxford and Cambridge University.

With an in-depth knowledge of the application and interview process, Katharine Birbalsingh has helped many sixth form students successfully apply to the UK’s top further education institutions, including Oxford and Cambridge University. Over the years, she has interviewed several Oxbridge admissions tutors, gaining a wealth of knowledge which informs her understanding of the application process.

In addition, over a third of Michaela6th staff were educated at Oxford and Cambridge University. Our staff also have a track record of helping sixth form students into these universities.

Michaela, therefore, has the subject expertise on how to best prepare for this exciting challenge. Within our Oxbridge mentoring programme, we will provide mock interviews for

Oxbridge candidates. Hard thinking is what Oxbridge tutors are looking for, combined with deep enthusiasm for one’s subject. Combined with top A Level results, our students are given the best possible preparation for the world of higher education.

In this photo, Ms Birbalsingh is speaking to a group of teachers at New College Oxford, in order to widen access to Oxbridge.

Russell Group Universities Entrance

Our students all strive for the best A Level results, and in so doing, are prime candidates for prestigious universities, including the Russell Group. All of our teachers were educated at Russell Group universities.  Personal support will be provided for all personal statements and UCAS applications. Tailored advice will be given on which courses best suit the student’s interests and future career plans.

The deadline for UCAS applications to Oxford and Cambridge is in October of Year 13, and we expect all students to have completed their applications by that date.

Overseas University Entrance

Michaela students have been successful in applications to overseas universities, including private US institutions thanks to our programme of personal support for any pupil who wishes to apply for universities overseas. This includes:

  • SAT/ACT preparation classes
  • Supervision and feedback on portfolios and essays
  • Personal statement preparation sessions
  • Interview preparation and mock interviews
  • Advice on financial aid applications
  • Access to talks and guidance from overseas universities

Entrance Exams

Most top universities require prospective students to sit an entrance exam in addition to achieving top A level results. Michaela Sixth Form has a comprehensive programme of test preparation available to students who want to apply for courses at Oxford, Cambridge and for courses such as Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science and Maths.  We offer specialised support for:

  • BMAT and UCAT (Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science)
  • MAT, TMUA, CTMUA and STEP (Maths and Computer Science)
  • LNAT (Law)
  • TSA (multiple courses, including PPE and Psychology)
  • All Oxford and Cambridge admissions tests, including the HAT, CLAT, PAT, ELAT and MLAT