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Oxford Tutorial College

12 King Edward Street, Oxford, OX1 4HT, United Kingdom

Progressive,  International Baccalaureate
Grades (Gender):
Gr. 10 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
$33,255 to 39,447/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
2 to 8
Day: 120 (Gr. 10 - 12), Boarding: 65 (Gr. 10 - 12), Homestay: 55 (Gr. 10 - 12)

School Address
12 King Edward Street, Oxford, OX1 4HT , United Kingdom



About this school:


Oxford Tutorial College is a leading independent college specialising in A-level, GCSE, and BTEC tuition for those intending to go on to higher education at a good British University. We nurture a student-centred, positive learning environment- different to the large teacher-centred classes. We aim to provide a supportive yet mature environment which will enable students to realise their academic potential and learn how to get good grades. Students will also acquire skills, study habits and self-reliance.

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Principal's Message


Julia Southby, School Principal

We offer high quality education that will help you progress onto some of the best UK undergraduate degrees, but it’s also very important to us that you feel happy and safe while you’re here.

We have a fantastic track record in helping students achieve their best. Our facilities are excellent and highly qualified and experienced staff are all focused on looking after you and guiding you on what to do and how to study.

Our campus is a friendly, welcoming place and a home away from home for young people of many different cultures. There are plenty of social events throughout the year to let you get to know your fellow students better.

I’m so proud of what our students accomplish every year. Our graduates go on to study at some of the UK’s most prestigious universities and have stellar careers ahead of them thanks to the skills they learnt and choices they made while studying with us. They leave us equipped with essential qualifications, valuable life experience and English language skills that help them communicate confidently.

But more than that, they also take away happy memories and lasting friendships.

I look forward to meeting you in person in the near future.

Julia Southby


Curriculum Progressive, International Baccalaureate

Primary Curriculum: Progressive

Secondary Curriculum: International Baccalaureate

What OTC says: We offer GCSE, A Level, BTEC and university foundation courses. See AP courses which we offer at A Level. The teaching structure is dependent upon the specific needs of each student. In some subjects a study group meets for six hours weekly, with individual tuition arranged within that time. A popular alternative is the study group which meets for four hours weekly with each student receiving a separate one-hour individual tutorial. For some students, however, the approach of entirely one-to-one tuition is the most appropriate and this can be discussed, if preferred.

  • International Baccalaureate offered:
    Program = offered
    Primary Years
    Middle Years
    Diploma program
    Career-related program
  • Approach:
    Focus Special needs
    Academic Special needs , Gifted

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What OTC says: Maths is taught to suit each individual's needs, some require full curriculum and exam coverage, others require focused revision.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: Depends on exam board being taken

    • Calculator policy: n/a

    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      Learn about the different science approaches  

    • Teaching approach: Science is taught to suit each individual's needs, some require full curriculum and exam coverage, others require focused revision.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What OTC says: Literature is taught to suit each individual's needs, some require full curriculum and exam coverage, others require focused revision.

    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What OTC says: Humanities is taught to suit each individual's needs, some require full curriculum and exam coverage, others require focused revision.

    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What OTC says: We offer very small classes, often with native teachers. Teaching the language and exam technique or just exam technique

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   11
    • Languages Offered: • Chinese-Cantonese • Chinese-Mandarin • French • German • Italian • Japanese • Latin • Russian • Spanish • ESL

    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What OTC says: We provide a core basis to develop a portfolio needed for further education whilst supporting learners to find the artist within and experiment too

    Computers and Technology Light integration

      Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What OTC says: Technology is used when it can directly support a learner, it is used as a resource but not a replacement for an excellent tutor

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What OTC says: Our GCSE programme requires weekly PE - a combination of external activities around the gym, swimming, running, etc.

    IB Diploma Courses
    Group 1 (Language A)

      Group 2 (Language B)

        Group 3 (Individuals and Societies)

          Group 4 (Experimental Sciences)

            Group 5 (Mathematics)

              Group 6 (The Arts)

              Advanced Placement Courses
              • AP Art History
              • AP Physics 1
              • AP Physics 2
              • AP Psychology
              • AP Spanish Language
              • AP World History
              • AP Biology
              • AP Chemistry
              • AP English Language and Composition
              • AP English Literature and Composition
              • AP Government and Politics: Comparative

              Sex and Health Education
              Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

              What OTC says: This information is not currently available.

              Mostly value-neutral

              By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.

              Fairly value-based

              Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.


              This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.


              This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.

              What OTC says: Sex ed is embedded in a holistic PSHE programme delivered in small groups by trained personal tutors

              Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

              • Standard-enriched
              • Accelerated
              • Student-paced

              Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

              Flexible pacing:

              Flexible pacing style = offered
              Subject-streaming (tracking)
              Multi-age classrooms as standard
              Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
              Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
              Regular guided independent study opportunities
              Differentiated assessment

              What OTC says about flexible pacing: The teaching structure is dependent upon the pace and style of each individual student, the subject being taught and the prefered teaching style of the tutor.

              Academic Culture Supportive

              • Rigorous
              • Supportive

              A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

              What OTC says: The college aims to provide a supportive yet mature environment which will enable its students to fully realize their academic potential. Students learn not only how to gain the grades they need to get on their chosen course, but in the process they also acquire the skills, the good study habits and the self-reliance they will need to take full advantage of that place once their degree course begins.

              Developmental Priorities Balanced, Intellectual

              Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
              Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

              Secondary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
              Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

              What OTC says: We focus on the whole student aiming for confidence; ability to undertake critical thinking in all situations and have successful outcomes.

              Special Needs Support Special needs school

              Special needs school

              Full-time programming is offered for all students which is exclusively focused on one or more special needs.

              • Academic Support:
                Support Type = offered
                Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
                Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
              • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
                Support Type = offered
                Extra support
              • What OTC says: With the individual attention students can get help building a timetable with support factored in for their precise needs. Our qualified SENDCO is available for one to one support too.

              • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
                Special needs
                ADHD (moderate to severe)
                Learning disabilities
                Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
                Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
                Language Processing Disorder
                Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
                Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
                Asperger's Syndrome
                Down syndrome
                Intellectual disability
                Williams syndrome
                Behavioral and Emotional
                Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
                Clinical Depression
                Clinical anxiety
                Suicidal thoughts
                Drug and alcohol abuse
                Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
                Multiple sclerosis
                Cerebral palsy
                Muscular dystrophy
                Spina Bifida
                Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
                Cystic Fibrosis
                Multiple physical
              • Forms of support delivery:
                Support Type = offered
                A regular class with indirect support
                A regular class with resource assistance
                A regular class with withdrawal assistance
                A special education class with partial integration
                A full-time special education class
              • Additional Support:
                Support Type = offered
                Social skills programs
                Occupational therapy
                Speech-language therapy
              • Summary: n/a

              Gifted Learner Support Dedicated gifted school

              Curriculum delivery: Acceleration and enrichment (There is an equal emphasis on acceleration and enrichment.)

              In-class adaptations:
              Practice = offered
              Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)
              Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)
              Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)
              Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)
              Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)
              Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)
              Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)
              Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)
              Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)

              What OTC says: We have the Extended Project Qualification programme which gives students an opportunity to take on a research project individually which counts towards their university application.

              Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

              Homework Policy

              In grade 12, Oxford Tutorial College students perform an average of 2 hours of homework per night.

              Nightly Homework
              OTC 90 mins90 mins120 mins
              Site Average80 mins95 mins108 mins

              This school frequently "flips the classroom": asks students to learn material at home and do the "homework" in-class (with teacher support).

              Report Card Policy

              How assessments are delivered across the grades:

              Lettered or numbered grades11 to 12
              Prose (narrative)-based feedback11 to 12
              Academic achievement reporting11 to 12
              Habits and behaviour reporting11 to 12

              Class Sizes

              Average class size for each grade:
              Grade 10 11 12
              Size 4 5 5


              What OTC says:
              • Extended Project Qualification
              • Workshops
              • Pair/Group work

              • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
                Ice Hockey
                Track & Field
              • Clubs Offered
                Art Club
                Dance Club
                Drama Club
                Environmental Club
                Foreign Language Club
                Math Club
                Outdoor Club
                Outdoor Education
                Poetry/Literature club
                School newspaper
                Science Club

              Tuition & Financial Aid


              Day Day (International)
              Day$33,255 / program$33,255$39,447
              Day (International)$33,255 / program$33,255$39,447
              What OTC says: GSCE
              1 Year Program 33,255
              Year 11 Program 33,255

              A Levels
              Two Year Program(3 subjects) 78,894
              Five Term Program(3 subjects) 70,738
              1 Year Intensive Program(3 subjects) 52,429
              Additional Subject 17,476

              Host Family 374 p/w, Junior Residence 607 p/w , Adult Residence 499 p/w

              Need-based financial aid

              Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 11 to 12
              Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid10%
              Average aid package size$10,000
              Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid10%
              Total aid available$100,000

              Application Deadline:
              Rolling deadline Repeats annually

              More information:

              Application Details:

              A small number of fees bursaries is available according to financial hardship and academic ability. Details are available on request.

              Merit based Scholarships

              Amount: $0
              Deadline: Rolling
              Eligibility Details: Students grade 10 to 12—

              A small number of fees bursaries is available according to financial hardship and academic ability. Details are available on request.

              Application Details:

              A small number of fees bursaries is available according to financial hardship and academic ability. Details are available on request.

              For more details, visit: www.oxfordtutorialcollege.com/sixth-form/fees
              A Level (2 years)
              Amount: 40%
              Deadline: Rolling
              Eligibility Details: Students grade 12—

              We are pleased to offer a Scholarship to students with a strong academic performance.


              Applicants are invited to apply for one of our Scholarship awards as follows

              40% off two year A Level Programme (3 subjects)

              Entry requirements:

                              IELTS 6 or above (with 5.5 minimum in any element)

                              Minimum 5 ‘A’ grades at GCSE or equivalent

              Application Details:


              95%+ attendance on the course; consistent grades of 85% or above on progress tests; involvement with the Extra Curricular Programme; Student Ambassador role (to help with visitors to the College, to help with mentoring new students)

              Entry by subject paper and letter to the Principal

              For more details, visit: www.oxfordtutorialcollege.com
              A Level (2 years)
              Amount: 20%
              Deadline: Rolling
              Eligibility Details: Students grade 11 to 12—

              20% off two year A Level Programme

              Entry requirements:

                              IELTS 5.5 or above (with 5 minimum in any element)

                              Minimum 5 ‘B/A’grades at GCSE or equivalent

              Application Details:


              95%+ attendance on the course; consistent grades of 80% or above on progress tests; involvement with the Extra Curricular Programme; Student Ambassador role (to help with visitors to the College, to help with mentoring new students)

              Entry by subject paper and letter to the Principal

              For more details, visit: www.oxfordtutorialcollege.com


              Total enrollment 240
              Average enrollment per grade80
              Average class size2 to 8
              Gender (grades)Gr. 10 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
              Boarding offered Gr. 10 - 12
              % in boarding (total enrollment)27%

              If you want to learn more about boarding schools, check out our comprehensive guide.

              Student distribution:

              Day Enrollment
              Boarding Enrollment
              Homestay Enrollment



              Admissions Assessments:

              Assessment = requiredGrades
              Interview10 - 12
              SSAT10 - 12
              SSAT (out of province)10 - 12
              Entrance Exam(s)
              Entrance Essay
              Application Fee

              Application Deadlines:

              Day students:

              Boarding students:

              Homestay students:

              What OTC says:

              What will happen after you submit your application?

              1. Our Admissions Team will send you an offer
              letter and request the following:
              • A copy of your passport and your current
              UK visa or any previous UK visas (if you have
              studied in the UK previously)
              • A health questionnaire
              • A non-refundable Registration Fee
              • An Academic Deposit
              • Evidence of the level of your English language.
              • Evidence of your previous studies
              (exam certificates, transcripts and references)
              To apply for a Tier 4 visa a SELT certificate (UKVI
              approved IELTS or equivalent) or our online English test
              will be required to prove your English level. Your local
              representative will advise what English requirement is
              appropriate for the type of visa you will need to apply for.

              2. We will organise a time to interview you via Skype.

              3. To accept your place on the course you will need
              to make full payment for a minimum of 3 academic
              terms tuition. A number of further documents will
              be requested depending on the type of Tier 4 visa
              you will be applying for (Tier 4 Child or General).

              4. Once we have received all of the correct
              documentation you will then be issued with your
              Certificate of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) number
              so that you can apply for your UK visa.

              For special needs students, some additional requirements may apply.


              Acceptance Rate:


              Type of student Oxford Tutorial College is looking for: We want students who are seeking their own success - to enter the world of university and work feeling confident and qualified, a global citizen

              Day Boarding Homestay

              Student Entry Points

              Student Type101112
              Day Acceptance
              (Acceptance rate)
              Boarding Acceptance
              (Acceptance rate)
              Homestay Acceptance
              (Acceptance rate)

              University Placement

              Services = offered
              Career planning
              Mentorship Program
              University counseling
              Key Numbers
              Average graduating class size70
              *Canadian "Big 6" placements0
              **Ivy+ placements6

              *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

              **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)

              Schools our students are admitted to (last 4 years): University of Oxford ,University of Cambridge ,University of Edinburgh ,Bangor University, Bath Spa University, Cardiff University, City University London, De Montfort University Leicester, Durham University,King's College London, London School of Economics, Oxford Brookes University, Swansea University, University College London, University of Aberdeen, University of Bath, University of Bristol, University of Leeds and many more.
              Schools our students attend (last 4 years): Recent students are studying at top UK universities, including University of Cambridge, University of St Andrews, Aston University, Cardiff University, Lancaster University, University of Leicester, University of Liverpool, University of Manchester, University of Southampton and the University of Warwick.

              What Oxford Tutorial College says:

            • Oxbridge
            • The Russell Group (24 leading UK universities)
            • Targeted applications
            • Support and advice for university applications
            • Guidance through the application process
            • Interview preparation
            • Support with essays/statments

            • Notable Alumni

              Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
              Alice Taylor 2016 Alice received an offer from the University of Oxford. Alice achieved fantastic AS results and is set to do the same for A2.
              Oxford  Tutorial College 2016 Recent students are studying at top UK universities: University of Cambridge, Cardiff University,University of Leicester, University of Liverpool, University of Manchester.
              Oxford University Student Union 2016 When studying at OTC, you can join the Oxford University Student Union allowing you to access their library, world-famous debating forums and other facilities across the city.

              Alumni Highlights

              • Award winning alumni
              • Academic excellence
              • Admission to top universities
              • Access to Oford University student union

              Stories & Testimonials


              Oxford University Success

              “When I first joined I didn't really know what I wanted to do next, and certainly never imagined I'd get an Oxford offer. I've had such a wonderful time and all my tutors have helped me so much in getting to where I am now.”


              Amazing study abroad experience

              "The experiences and memories I had at Oxford Tutorial College were truly incredible. I made real friends, the kind that last for a lifetime. I have had fun times exploring the many things Oxford has to offer."  


              Beyond learning

              "I have gained so much through my experience at Oxford Tutorial College and with the superb tuition and mentoring, I have achieved more than I ever expected."


              More than a college

              "Brennan's experience at OTC has turned a major problem into a wonderful learning opportunity. I cannot thank you enough for the wonderful experience you and your colleagues have given Brennan. His term at OTC has truly ‘made the man'."  


              Superb results

              "My A-Level results were brilliant; I achieved three straight As in Mathematics, Computing and Economics. Thanks are due to Oxford Tutorial College, in which I studied Economics intensively, this is shown in my result for Unit 2 of 100%. I have obtained my place in Bath University to read Economics."


              Excellent tutors

              “Our son’s tutor has certainly inspired him, which is wonderful. He also enjoyed the experience of being in Oxford and meeting the other students.”


              Message from a parent

              "We were pleased with the decision of selecting your college, the result was so much more than improving a grade."  


              Thank you OTC

              "I really loved my classes...without OTC, I do not believe that my acceptance by Oxford University would have ever been a possibility, let alone a reality."


              In the News


              December 20, 2016 - OTC student wins 2016 CIFE Prize

              Mary Gompertz has been awarded a 2016 College Award for her outstanding contribution to life at Oxford Tutorial College. ...

              December 20, 2016 - New news postOTC student gains 2015 CIFE Award

              Kenji Baba received a College prize from CIFE’s President Lord Lexden at the 2015 CIFE Awards held at the House of Lords this March. ...

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