Application Strategy

Receive dedicated personal advice from a personal mentor on strategic aspects of the application, from choice of university to guidance on super-curricular activities

Application strategy through monthly mentorship sessions

Our Leading Education university application programmes – from Knowledge Building to Interview Preparation – are designed to cover the ‘how’ and ‘what’ of applying. The monthly mentorship programme focussed on Application Strategy covers the ‘why’ and ‘where’.

This can start from as young as Year 10 (or equivalent), and continue right the way through to actually starting at university. We offer a world-class personal mentor to guide you through the entire process, offering recommendations, advice, and clear strategy on how best to achieve your goals.

The monthly sessions can cover anything from choosing an Oxbridge College to checking in on personal wellbeing and ensuring a student is preparing properly for exams.

Monthly Sessions

Long-term personal support offering twice-monthly sessions designed around your personal needs and strengths / weaknesses

World-Class Mentors

Work with high-achieving Oxbridge tutors who have been through the process and understand first hand the challenges and questions you might be facing

Extra Content

Application Strategy works alongside our structured Leading Education programmes, taking you all the way from GCSEs through to actually arriving (and surviving) at university!

Ideal for Oxbridge

Although suitable for all students, Oxbridge applicants find the mentorship particularly beneficial because of the extra complications and the wide range of college choices

Typical Student Profile

Who is this programme for?

  1. Students who have decided which subject they want to study at university
  2. Any student applying to any UK university who needs to submit a personal statement
  3. Anyone who wants to expand both breadth and depth of knowledge in this subject area

Why should I take it?

  1. Prepare for your university interview
  2. Develop content for an outstanding Personal Statement
  3. Demonstrate self-motivation and a real passion for your chosen subjust

When should I take it?

Ideally between January and May in the year you intend to apply to university (typically Year 12 in UK schools). At the latest, the summer before the October UCAS deadline

Other relevant courses?

Most students choose Knowledge Building before progressing to Personal Statements, Admission Tests, and Interview Preparation. If you are unsure of your subject, you can also choose Wider Reading at an earlier stage to sample different disciplines

Course Benefits

Admissions Tests

The knowledge you gain through the programme can be used to achieve a higher score in the admissions tests for Imperial, Cambridge, Oxford, medical and law schools.


Building knowledge in your area is the best possible preparation for the university interview at Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial or Medical Schools. Your extra knowledge will help you to answer difficult interview questions.

Personal Statements

The knowledge you gain through the programme can be used in your personal statement for all top UK Universities. Mention the books and concepts you have learned about to impress the admissions tutors.

Expert Tutors

We only accept the top 10% of mentors who apply to work with us; so we can guarantee that they are the best in the world! All mentors are from Oxford or Cambridge and many have MAs or PhDs.

My drive to win a place at Oxford meant that I was prepared to work hard. However, if it hadn’t been for the support and advice provided by Leading Education, I would not have known where to direct this energy.


Designed by expert admissions

Our courses have been developed by our team of world-class educationalists, who have spent years studying the Oxbridge application process, led by CEO Kieran Hammond.

Ginny R

London School of Economics

Erind M

Trinity College, Cambridge

Georgia B

Psychology and Philosophy
St. Edmund Hall, Oxford

Tereza M


Lincoln College, Oxford

About Kieran Hammond

Kieran Hammond is the co-founder of Leading Education and holds a BA and MA (Cantab) from Cambridge University. Over the course of 10 years, he has been helped over 500 students with their Oxbridge/Medicine applications.

Kieran started his career as Head of University Applications at Cardiff Sixth Form College, which at the time had been the UK’s No.1 ranked school in terms of A*-A A-level results for 6 years running.