State school students may be reducing their chances of getting into Oxbridge by applying for the most popular subjects at the prestigious universities

14 August 2017
Posted by HMC Press Office

State school students may be reducing their chances of getting into Oxbridge by applying for the most popular, and over-subscribed subjects at the prestigious Universities.

Chairman of the social mobility charity Sir Peter Lampl has said that “Students should choose the subject that’s the best fit for them, rather than picking subjects to ‘game the system’, suggesting that students from Independent schools have been purposely picking the most under-subscribed courses at Oxbridge to increase their likelihood at gaining a place.

Although figures given to the Press Association show that last year 19.5% of UK independent school applications were for Cambridge’s least-subscribed subjects, compared to 12.4% from state schools, Peter Hamilton of HMC, and Head of Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys School in Hertfordshire has said that this is due to the “range of sixth-form studies that different schools can offer and the breadth of high level attainment that each school achieves”.

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