Cambridge Pre-U Easter Revision Course
First introduced in 2008, the Cambridge Pre-U is a popular alternative to A-level study that many schools around Britain are choosing for their sixth form students. The course differs from the modular A-level programme in that students take all of their examinations at the end of the two-year linear course. The advantages of this include students having a longer period of time in which to develop and refine their skills before being graded on their abilities, but students can also benefit from additional help and support, especially when it comes to the final stages of the course.
Our Pre-U revision course is structured to motivate and challenge students in their studies and to boost their confidence. We deliver our course in small groups and provide an academically stimulating environment, encouraging greater student involvement in the learning process.
Staff at Oxford Tutorial College can help Pre-U candidates prepare for their all-important final examinations in a range of subjects, enabling them to make the most of their subject knowledge and of the critical skills that are central to the qualification. The linear structure of the Pre-U enables synoptic study throughout the course and students are encouraged to make important links between topic areas as part of their revision, taking an overview of subject areas explored throughout the course and building upon their existing skills.
Revision is especially important for linear courses, as individual parts of the assessment cannot be retaken; staff at Oxford Tutorial College are able to offer specific subject advice and to help students hone their subject expertise because key concepts underpin the entirety of the course and important topic areas can be revisited with greater depth of understanding in the latter stages of the course. Staff will offer students guidance on how best to structure their revision and ways to maximise their potential and minimise the stress of the final examinations.
Confidence and familiarity with the form, rubric and expectations of the examinations are essential and students are given plenty of opportunity to hone and refine their examination technique during the course.
The effectiveness of these courses hinges upon a high degree of individual attention and supervision, careful adherence in each subject to the subject specification, with reference to previous examination questions, and an emphasis on sound study, revision and examination technique. Care is taken to establish the precise topics and options students are preparing for the exams.
The course is based at Brasenose College, one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford, and at Oxford Tutorial College, where the excellent facilities include a library, computer room and student common room. The environment is an ideal one for thorough, intensive study, and students are invariably inspired by the tranquil surroundings. Both residential and non-residential places are available, accommodation being within the walls of Brasenose College, in the historic heart of Oxford.
All Pre-U Easter revision courses are taught either one-on-one or in small groups dependent upon the number of students on the course. The students are timetabled 10.5 hours of one-on-one tuition or 19.5 hours of group tuition.
Subjects available at Pre-U are:
- Art History
- Literature in English
- Further Mathematics
Pre-U students study for either 1 or 2 five-day weeks, taking one subject per week. Each subject is taught over a period of 5 days, with 10-19.5 hours of tuition per subject delivered in a bespoke programme of one to one and small groups respectively.
Students who enrol with us are typically seeking well-organised and highly-structured courses and are therefore taught in small groups of typically up to no more than 10 students geared specifically towards the demands of the examinations. Occasionally, in the case of less common subjects or options where a student is the only one enrolled for a particular specification, individual tutorials take place which allow the tutor to concentrate entirely on the student’s unique needs. This may be the case, for example, with certain English Literature texts or History period options. In such instances, students follow a timetable divided between individual tutorials and directed study time consisting of ten hours teaching, with supervised preparation and revision timetabled at other times, in addition to the test and study skills schedules.
A ‘mock’ examination, based on the material covered during the week, is taken at the end of the course and the marked mock is sent on to students with their report.
A report with comments on progress and performance during the week and advice on how to use the final weeks of exam preparation are sent to each student after the conclusion of the course.
Experience has shown that Easter Revision Courses are of great value to Pre-U candidates, enabling them to attain higher grades in their June examinations and giving them the best opportunity to secure a university place.
Pre-U Residential accommodation is at Brasenose College, one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford, located on Radcliffe Square, less than a 4 minute walk from Oxford Tutorial College. There has been an educational hall on this site since the thirteenth century, though Brasenose College can properly be said to date from 1509 when it was founded by Sir Richard Sutton, a lawyer, and William Smith, Bishop of Lincoln.
Each student has a single study bedroom within the college. The rooms are arranged on ‘staircases’ on one of the three ‘quads’, with shared bathroom facilities. Bedrooms are centrally heated and have their own desks and washbasins. Meals are taken in the dining hall: breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided. Where requested, arrangements are made for special dietary needs.
Careful supervision of the residential arrangements is provided by Deans, living on-site, who ensure that students are comfortable in their accommodation and that domestic difficulties are speedily resolved. They encourage students to use their time sensibly; homework and preparation are set each evening and residential staff help create a positive environment conducive to study.