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Oxford University, 

Culture and History

Application Level Course

Tutorials: 5

Length of Each Tutorial: 1 Hour

Recommended Age: Prospective Student

Course Summary: Oxford University is the oldest university in Britain and, over nine hundred years of excellence, has become one of the greatest universities in the world. Each year thousands of the world’s best and brightest students apply for a coveted place.

It is this very history that makes some of Oxford’s unique culture so confusing for new students: what does it mean to matriculate? When do I have to wear a gown and what kind? My friend says he "got blades at summer eights"... what does he mean?

Oxford University, Culture and History gives you a head start, preparing you for your arrival and explaining in advance all the quirks and codes of this unique institution. Scroll down for more information. 

What You Receive

5 One-on-one Tutorials

with an Expert Tutor

Interactive and Engaging Exercises and Prompts for Further Study

Lesson Recap Booklet to Save or Print

Report Card with Personal Appraisal from Tutor 


Course Details

Tutor(s): This course is taught by several Canis Major tutors, depending on availability, each of whom has studied at Oxford University and holds a postgraduate degree. Please make an enquiry and we will send you the profiles of the tutors who are currently teaching this course.

Tutorial 1: Introduction to Oxford University; it’s peculiar place in English history

Tutorial 2: Codes and Characters; who you’ll meet and how they’ll speak

Tutorial 3: Matriculation to Graduation; the experience of being a student  

Tutorial 4: Weird and Wonderful; the museums and culture of Oxford

Tutorial 5: Wooden Ducks and May Day Songs; the oddest traditions of Oxford

Fees: £250

How it Works

  1. Get in touch (below) and let us know which course you are interested in

  2. We will put you in touch with the tutor(s), to schedule the hours of the course around a timetable that is convenient for you.

  3. Your tutor is paid directly through bank transfer*

  4. Tutorials are completed

  5. Student receives an e-certificate and report card

*please note that course fees must be paid in full before the second tutorial has been completed after which refunds cannot be given.

This course is intended to expand a student’s understanding of the topic, cultivate crucial academic skills, and serve as a demonstration of their commitment to learning and capacity for autodidactic study. It is thus the ideal complement to a university application; it cannot be substituted for any necessary element of an application, but it may enhance a student’s overall portfolio. The tutor’s comments in the personalised report received upon completion of the course may be used as references or quotes in an application process.



Interview Technique

Application Level

Taught by a former admissions officer at Oxford University who has personally interviewed and selected numerous undergraduates. 





Interview Technique+

Application Level

An extended course with a former admissions officer at Oxford University who has personally interviewed Oxford undergraduates. 




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