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Oxford Explained at the BSB

This week The British School of Barcelona was pleased to host an ‘Understanding Oxford’ presentation led by Dr Lizzie Peachey, Oxford University Student Recruitment Officer. The conference was addressed to the students in Years 10-12 and their parents who are seriously considering applying to Oxford University, home of 26 Nobel Prize winners and 26 UK Prime Ministers.

Dr Peachey first introduced Oxford University history, facts and figures, and went on to present their extensive course offering and prospective careers. She also described the Admissions process, including the UCAS application, test registration and interviews. She also emphasised the importance of meeting submission deadlines. The Recruitment Officer further developed the academic and English language requirements, and gave some hints as to how to obtain potential funding. She also offered useful tips for writing the Personal Statement, around 80% of which should be dedicated to studies and work experience, and 20% to extra-curricular activities.

The presentation was held at the BSB Emma Watson Theatre and was open to students from all BISA (Barcelona International School Association) and other international schools in the local area.

At the BSB we believe our role is to guide, counsel, recommend, refer, suggest, and inform in a way that ultimately finds each student’s best fit for their future. The Secondary and Sixth Form team of the school is committed to providing a comprehensive and customized service to students to help them refine their choices when making final decisions for their future based on well planned and careful research. For this reason we organise our annual Spanish and European University Fair in February, the UK University Tour in April, and other regular University conferences throughout the year.

The Oxford visit was arranged by Mrs Hughes, Head of Secondary, with the support of Mr Musson, Head of Sixth Form. When commenting about the outcome, Mrs Hughes said ”Our main objective as a school is that our students are happy, and this also means that we take our responsibility to guide them towards the correct university and degree programme very seriously. University education is a very big investment and every student needs to be mentored throughout the selection and application process, so that they are making informed decisions which will enable them to access the university which is most suitable to them personally.”