Experience in Education
We promote quality summer and semester programs for high school, GAP and college students and advise students and their parents on suitable educational courses and programs in the UK, including university degree courses. Building on our experience of advising students and parents, and of working with school guidance counselors and educational consultants, we offer a bespoke supportive service for students who plan to study in Oxford or Cambridge over the summer or during a ‘Gap’ year, or who are considering taking a college degree in the UK.
Ralph Dennison, our Director, is an educationalist with deep knowledge of the US and UK educational systems and their requirements, having worked with hundreds of US and other international students and their counsellors over many years. He was the founder and the original Principal of Oxford Tutorial College, a leading independent college, and also the Oxford Advanced Studies Programs for summer and Gap students. Ruth Cooper, our Registrar, has worked alongside him for many years, both at Oxford Tutorial College and subsequently with Campus Oxford. Elanor Dennison, our Student Advisor, has a strong background in student support and mentoring and in program management.
We partner with quality providers in Oxford and the UK. Oxford Tutorial College organises and hosts the Gap Year programs. Bucksmore Education organises the summer programs, hosted at Brasenose College, Oxford and Magdalene College, Cambridge. Links with universities enable us to advise with placements on undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Our knowledge of the educational system and contacts with providers enables us to give top-quality advice and ongoing support to our student clients and their families.
We have close working relationships with many US educational consultants, developed over the past twenty-five years and we regularly attend workshops and conferences in order to maintain professional contact and keep up-to-date with educational issues. We have presented at I.E.C.A. and H.E.C.A. conferences on gap year and international educational experiences.
High school guidance counselors and educational consultants regularly contact us to discuss specific student requirements, which helps assess the courses of study that will best serve each individual.
Most of our students are aiming for a top college or university and we support them in their objectives, liaising as necessary with their schools and advisors. We ensure qualifications match ambition, and are if necessary strengthened; applications and the college essay are perfected.
The tutorial method of instruction helps students develop their understanding, interpretation and study methods and most become more mature in their approach. The advantages of direct dialogue with the tutor cannot be over-emphasised.
Higher Education in the UK
UK Higher Education provision is world-class and fees compare favourably with those of US colleges. Most first degree courses are of three years duration and allow for greater specialism in a chosen major. Undergraduate degrees in Law and Medicine are available and Business-related degrees are also popular. A significant number of students are interested in applying to UK universities, aware of the benefits, and we offer our expertise when requested in selecting suitable institutions and courses and in making strong applications.
Consultants and Guidance Counsellors find the help we provide of significant benefit in offering their own advice to students and parents.
Each student’s health, safety and well-being are considered to be of the utmost importance and any problem or difficulty may be raised with us directly. Our role is to support each student and help ensure maximum benefit and enjoyment of their experience; accordingly, we’re available to listen to any issues a student may have. The importance of student safety and happiness is paramount, both in itself and to enable each student to get the most from their time in Oxford and make it a success!
Oxford and Cambridge both have excellent and well-equipped hospital complexes and students can be assured of the best medical care. For routine treatment, an appointment can be made with the college doctor at short notice. Parents must advise us of any present or previous medical condition or health issue in advance of arrival, by completing a medical questionnaire. Comprehensive medical insurance is included in the course fee.