Our Ethos

The College offers an approach quite different to that of a traditional school. The key to the Oxford Tutorial College learning environment is that we aim to provide “individual teaching for individual students”. This means that we assess students to identify their teaching needs and then provide clear, constructive support, including individual learning plans and feedback. Knowledge is gained through small class teaching and a 1-to-1 tutorial system that prepares students for university study.

Teaching Method

Our teaching approach is refreshingly interactive and informal. The support provided by subject tutors is thoughtful and creative, focusing specifically on individual learning styles. Students can receive an element of 1-to-1 tuition as part of their teaching programme, and are encouraged to take an active part in the learning process at every stage. There are few rules, but the culture of the College encourages hard work and a growing sense of responsibility.

Course material is taught in a clear and direct way, with careful review and continual practice of previous examination questions. Tutors ensure that students develop a good set of notes and encourage systematic revision. Time is also allowed for an overall subject review as the examinations approach, in order to check understanding and enable further exam practice.

Seminar Groups

A key part of the Oxford Tutorial College learning environment is the seminar group. An active learning style is encouraged and each student may be asked to present material and exchange views with others. This is followed by guidance from the teacher on the interpretation, manipulation and analysis of the material. Preparation is required.

Teaching groups consist of no more than six students, and the small group size enables close discussion of each topic whilst still allowing a high degree of personal attention.