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Oxbridge Preparation Programme
A significant number of our students have progressed to Oxford and Cambridge each year over the past two decades.
Our Oxbridge Preparation Programme provides individual programmes for those who wish to apply for leading universities throughout the UK, including Russell Group universities, as well as international institutions.
In year one, individual guidance is provided through the early stages of application. Visits to Oxford and Cambridge and visits by Oxbridge undergraduates and liaison staff are essential elements of the programme. In year two, interview techniques and mock interviews are key elements.
In addition to our Oxbridge Preparation Programme, Gower College Swansea, at the invitation of, and in collaboration with, the University of Cambridge, is the “hub” institution in the Swansea HE+ Consortium, in which we work with the seven state sixth-form schools in Swansea.
HE+ aims to help students develop academic skills; inspire students to aim as high as possible when making university choices (possibly but not necessarily including Cambridge); support students in preparing competitive applications to highly selective universities; and encourage students to challenge themselves and each other in an academically supportive environment.
Students who are eligible to join our Oxbridge Programme are also eligible to join HE+. Benefits of HE+ include: monthly extension classes after college on post-syllabus academic content and the chance to apply for visits to explore the University of Cambridge and its constituent colleges.
HE+ is currently only available in Wales to students who attend Gower College Swansea or one of the state sixth-form schools in the City and County of Swansea.
Applications for Medicine
Students who have expressed an interest in Medical Sciences, Veterinary Science and Pharmacy are given weekly tutorial sessions. These focus on investigating the range of careers available, on ensuring that students have relevant work shadowing and on arranging a variety of speakers to come in and discuss careers, applications to university and current topics in medicine. They also provide the opportunity for students to discuss current ethical issues and medical breakthroughs and to receive advice on interview techniques.
The college has strong links with local hospitals and other care providers and speakers, including consultants and GPs, regularly visit the college.
Former students who are now qualified and progressing in their careers also come in to provide interview experience and talk to students about their choice of courses.
In 2014, nine students were accepted to study Medicine, one progressing to Cambridge University and another to Oxford. Seven went on to study Pharmacy, with others from the tutor group accepted onto a range of courses, including Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Medical Sciences and Humanities, Medical Genetics, Healthcare Sciences, Diagnostic Radiography, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry and Physiotherapy.
Applications to Performing Arts Institutions
Performing arts students are guided through the application procedures for specialist colleges and prepared for auditions.