Knowledge Building

Learn about subject-specific, degree-level concepts that you can use in your personal statement, admissions tests and interviews to impress admissions tutors at top UK universities.

Gain deep subject knowledge from world-class consultants

Top UK universities are looking for curious, hungry applicants who have explored beyond the A-level syllabus to build their knowledge in the subject they want to study at university. 

Knowledge Building in a particular subject area is the first vital step for students on their journey to applying to UK universities. Students learn how to develop important ideas in both depth and breadth far beyond their classroom learning, and this is essential for any successful application. It feeds into all areas of the process, including personal statements, admissions tests, and interview practice.

The Knowledge Building short course has been carefully designed to ensure that you have the opportunity to pre-learn topics that are most likely to come up in the Oxbridge interview, but this knowledge is essential for all university applications and personal statements.

Advanced Knowledge

Learn about degree-level concepts related to the areas that you want to study at university. This extra knowledge will impress admissions teams at top UK universities.

Current Events

Expand knowledge of current events, news and academic research trends in your subject. This wider knowledge can be used at every stage of the application process.

Wider Reading

Top universities expect that applicants have read many books related to their subject. Our mentors will guide you through your wider reading.

Critical Thinking

Sessions are designed to be highly interactive and discursive, allowing you to develop the critical thinking skills needed to excel in an Oxford or Cambridge interview.

Typical Student Profile

Knowledge Building is the first step in an application year for any student applying to UK universities through UCAS.

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.

We just wanted to say how excellent we think the Knowledge Building programme is. It is well thought through, far-reaching and very insightful; Jamie has benefitted greatly from the range of guidance and training that Tommy has provided – definitely worth the price!


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

Ana L

Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

George A

Mathematics and Computer Science
Christ Church College, Oxford

Erind M

Trinity College, Cambridge

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.