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Oxford Tutorial College

An independent sixth-form college specialising in bespoke A-level and GCSE tuition, a different environment


The relative informality of the teaching method at the college, with its emphasis on small group and one-to-one instruction, its focus on individual student needs, and its flexibility, enables students to approach their work calmly and objectively

In a number of ways Oxford Tutorial College offers an environment quite different to that of a traditional school. The teaching approach is refreshingly interactive and informal.

The support provided by both subject tutors and other academic staff is thoughtful and creative, focusing specifically on individual needs and learning styles. Each student receives an element of one-to-one tuition as part of their teaching programme. Students are encouraged at every stage to take an active part in the learning process. Extra-curricular activities are offered, but are by no means mandatory. There are few rules, but a culture which encourages industry and a growing sense of responsibility. This is achieved by thorough exam-specific teaching and close attention to the needs of the individual student, enabling reinforcement of understanding and attention to areas of weakness. Small seminar groups are combined with individual tuition, allowing for effective syllabus coverage and careful guidance with each student’s understanding of material and production of written work.

There are no restrictions as to the choice of subjects or subject combinations, although students are advised to make choices appropriate to their degree course or vocational aim and to take subjects which engage their interest and fit in with their abilities and aptitudes.

The full range of A-Level subjects is available, not only traditional school subjects but also others which do not require previous study and may be taken up for the first time. The relative informality of the teaching method at the college, with its emphasis on small group and one-to-one instruction, its focus on individual student needs, and its flexibility, enables students to approach their work calmly and objectively, in a supportive environment which allows feedback and discussion with the tutor.

Self-motivation, personal study and research are encouraged; the successful student is the one who approaches academic study in a consistent, purposeful and well-organised way and this is an important preparation for higher education.