Oxbridge Thinking Skills

Develop vital critical and analytical thinking skills through academic studies and wide-ranging discussions with Leading Education tutors

Gain deep subject knowledge from world-class consultants

Thinking critically at degree level is far different to classroom learning, and it can be a difficult skill for students to develop. For students who begin to develop agile, analytical, and critical thinking skills before arriving at university, it can be a huge asset during the application process.

Admissions tutors value theseskills very highly, and students who are able to analyse topics and problems at a high level throughout the admissions process, from the personal statement all the way through to the vital interview stage, will give themselves a huge advantage over their peers.

Such skills are not developed in a classroom environment, but personalised lessons with Leading Education based around student interests and weaknesses can help students begin to frame questions in a critical manner and begin to think at an Oxbridge level.

Vital 'Soft' Skills

Few students ever focus specifically on the soft skills that underpin all academic thinking and analysis. Your first Oxbridge tutorial will be a nasty shock if you aren’t used to using analytic skills!

Stand Out

If you show admissions tutors that you have begin to develop these critical thinking skills, you will stand out from other applicants, particularly during the important interview process.

Latest Concepts

By developing Oxbridge-level thinking skills, you will examine the very latest topics and key theories in your chosen discipline. Examining these up-to-date concepts critically will impress any admissions tutor.

Beyond A-Levels

In the classroom, you simply will not have the time or opportunities to develop skills beyond the fixed curriculum. The most important part of any application is showing that you are ready to bridge the gap between school and university.

Typical Student Profile

Who is this programme for?

  1. Students intending to apply to Oxbridge or a G5 university
  2. Any student who wants to develop key critical thinking skills that will benefit them throughout their academic and professional life

Why should I take it?

  1. Impress tutors with your personal statement and really stand out during the interview when confronted with a question or text you have never seen before
  2. Increasing understanding and the ability to look at ideas in a new light will only ever boost your enjoyment of studying
  3. Stand out from the majority of students who never tackle these skills head on

When should I take it?

Any time that suits you. The earlier the better, and there is no lower age limit tom begin working on these skills.

Other relevant courses?

Oxbridge Thinking sits alongside all other Leading Education programmes, and in fact offers support for all other areas of study. It adds additional value to everything from Competition Support to Interview Preparation.

Course Benefits

Added Confidence

Knowing you have the ability to tackle new and challenging ideas will improve your self-confidence in all areas of life, from academic studies to your future professional life.


The most obvious area it will improve will be interviews for Oxbridge, Imperial, and Medicine. Our interview preparation course will also focus on this, but having the grounding in Oxbridge Thinking Skills will only accelerate this success.

Inspire Interest

Developing your critical analysis skills will only improve your enthusiasm in and understanding of your favourite subject areas. This enthusiasm is so important for university applications.

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.

With the help of tutors in Leading Academics, I learn some very useful and specific skills in solving some complex mathematical and physics problems. I learned how to analyse and simplify the trivial questions and solve it using the least time. The speed of solving difficult problems is very important because there is harsh time limit in admission test. Obtaining these skills in advance is very helpful.

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.