The Asiba Partnership
Your goals – our expertise.
UNIVERSITY PREPARATION PARTNERSHIP
Greene’s College Oxford is delighted to be a partner of the Association des Sections Internationales Britanniques et Anglophones on preparation courses for highly competitive U.K. and U.S. universities.
Together we are determined to provide the very best possible preparation for students at ASIBA schools, or for those studying with associate organisations.
We have developed university preparation courses specially for students studying for the Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (OIB). You can find out more below.
We are very fortunate that being situated at the heart of Oxford, and as Oxford’s oldest tutorial college, a large number of our tutors have a strong connection with either Oxford and Cambridge: many of them are, or have been academics, at one or both Universities.
The admissions process for Oxford and Cambridge (and increasingly for other highly competitive universities which rely on aptitude and admissions tests) focuses on gauging a candidate’s aptitude to study the chosen subject (or subjects) at a university level. Although knowledge and core competencies are naturally assessed as part of the aptitude testing, the required curricula are deliberately kept very modest; any reasonable candidate should already have encountered the majority of the required material, or have no difficulties in mastering the remainder of it. (The exception to this is Physics, Natural Sciences and Engineering, where students will need to get to grips with mechanics. The most crucial assessment of any aptitude test is that of mindset: is the applicant thinking like a(n) Historian, Geographer, Economist, Mathematician … etc? Additional qualities, for example those of subject engagement or ‘teachability’, will be considered at interview, however an applicant’s mindset remains the pre-eminent consideration for admissions’ tutors.
The aptitude tests have been designed to be ‘uncoachable’ in order to give every student an equal chance. Therefore, there is no magic formula that can ensure that a candidate is successful – our aim is to maximise applicants’ chances by ensuring they are prepared, particularly in their mindset, for the academic trial that awaits them.
Our approach, across all our courses, is to focus on helping our students develop their subject mindset and way of thinking. This involves:
- Ensuring the students are confident in their own knowledge of the core curricula and techniques; helping students to start developing the required mental approach to the subject
- Encouraging students to begin applying their new approach to their existing subject knowledge
- Helping students to gain confidence in their abilities, to use the combination of their knowledge and mindset to identify and solve the problems with which they are faced
We help the applicant prepare mentally for tests that either have no easy questions to answer, or the answers to which are not simply right or wrong. Aptitude tests are designed to try to evaluate and quantify the potential academic talent of a student, in relation to other students who may display more obvious knowledge or skills more easily taught.
DOES THE APPROACH WORK?
Because of the fierce competition and the high quality of applicants, there is no certain path to success for university preparation. However our systematic approach offers students, in the opinion of our subject experts, the very best preparation for each subject and subject. For students who have the raw talent, we have found such courses to be highly effective – in English Literature, for example, five out of the last six students who have gone through an Advanced Courses have gained a place at Oxford or Cambridge.
OUR UNIVERSITY PREPARATION COURSES
U.K. aptitude test preparation
We offer courses for all current aptitude tests required for U.K. universities including the UCAT, BMAT, TSA, MAT, PAT, GAT, HAT, ELAT, NSAA, ECAA, ENGAA, MTUA, CTMUA and others.
Each group course is available as a full-day (6 or 7 hours) course or as two half days (e.g. 3½ hours each). Each course focuses on a revision of the key concepts of the core syllabus and strategies for improving scores, which are put into practice by participants, using a selection of sample questions.
- The week commencing Monday, 3rd July 2023.
Physics, Natural Sciences & Engineering bridging course
Our ‘bridging’ course is designed especially for ASIBA member schools. The course is aimed at students wishing to apply to U.K. universities (particularly Oxford and Cambridge), to study Physics, Engineering or Natural Sciences. The purpose of the bridging course is an effective introduction by Greene’s tutors to the additional Physics that is contained in the U.K. national syllabi, but not covered in the Baccalauréat Spécialités.
The course includes subjects such as Waves & Optics, Electricity, Magnetism and the Natural World, although its primary focus is Mechanics. We deliver the course online, using our own course books and expert tutors.
- Monday, 29th May 2023.
- Friday, 16th June 2023.
- The remaining three sessions will take place in the week commencing Monday, 3rd July 2023.
Interview practice session
There is a 40-minute interview session, comprising approximately a 30-minute interview with 10 minutes of oral feedback, with one of Greene’s highly experienced interviewers. This is followed by a more detailed written report, highlighting the strengths and areas for improvement, as well as suggestions for additional reading.Read more about Interview Practice Sessions
Introduction to studying science at university for Secondes
This 2-day course has been developed by Greene’s in conjunction with ASIBA for students in Seconde who are thinking of studying science at university. The course is designed to give an introduction to what is like to study a scientific subject at university, how to start thinking like a university scientist and how to start preparing a strong application to study science at university.
- The week commencing Monday, 26th June 2023.
U.S. aptitude test preparation
We offer preparation courses for both the SAT and the ACT. Our courses have been designed to the international curricula and ensure participants have mastery of the core syllabus and a good understanding of the tips and techniques that they can use to enhance their scores. Each group course is 16 hours, covering all aspects of the appropriate test, although in addition, there is a pre- and post course test. Individual courses are typically 12 hours in length.