10 outstanding alternatives to Oxbridge

On September 1st, Oxford and Cambridge universities, widely recognised as the elite of the British education system, open their doors for 2016 applications. However, to say that competition is tough would be an understatement, with only around 19% of applicants being offered a place, and requiring an average of 600 UCAS points. So what are the alternatives, and should they be seen as places for ‘Oxbridge rejects’? We say absolutely not. In fact, the UK has 12 universities that make it into the world’s top 100. Pretty impressive for an island half the size of California, wouldn’t you say?

So let’s take a look at the other 10 that make the list:

Imperial College London — 560 UCAS points

Boasting 14 former members of staff who are now Nobel Laureates, Imperial College London is a public research university that excels in medicine, engineering, science and business.

University College London — 509 UCAS points

UCL attracts students from over 150 countries and has exchange and research links with over 300 overseas universities, making it one of the country’s most well connected educational institutions. UCL recently introduced a BASc, where students are encouraged to merge the disciplines of art and science.

London School of Economics and Politics — 541 UCAS points

LSE specialises in social sciences and was set up to improve society and ‘understand the cause of things’. The establishment has produced 18 Nobel Prize winners, to which they say success is owed to the school’s focus on teaching, the student experience, research and engagement.

University of Edinburgh — 485 UCS points

Edinburgh offers one of the most comprehensive ranges of degree subjects available in the UK, with over 600 courses to choose from. This university is also one of the more ancient institutions, and boasts the oldest purpose-built student union in the world.

King’s College London — 463 UCS points

KCL was founded by King George IV in 1829, and since then it has merged with the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, amongst others, making it one of the most popular universities in the country for medicine and dentistry.

University of Manchester — 453 UCS points

As the largest single-site university in the country, Manchester offers an astonishing array of courses, ranging from Artificial Intelligence to Zoology. It is a redbrick university that is part of the Russell group, giving it the reputation of being one of the great centres of research, knowledge and innovation.

Durham — 506 UCS points

Durham is a collegiate university; meaning functions are divided between a number of constituent colleges. For those interested in studying history, Durham makes a great choice, with a graduate employment prospect score of 82%, compared to just 80% at Cambridge and 75% at Oxford.

University of Warwick — 504 UCS points

A founding member of the Russell Group of universities, Warwick is widely considered one of the country’s leading research facilities. Because of this, the university has excellent relationships with many businesses looking to be at the cutting edge of research, opening up great opportunities for students to build links with high-profile employers.

London Business School — 280 UCAS points

As the name suggests, LBS specialises in both degrees and training to prepare students for the business world. One of the standout courses is the Executive MBA, where students are taught between London and Dubai.

University of Bristol — 485 UCS points

Bristol is undergoing a phenomenal £200 million of developments, due to be delivered in 2016 — just in time for the next set of admissions! The university offers a wide range of courses, falling into the faculties of Arts, Engineering, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, Medicine and Dentistry, Science and Social Sciences and Law.

So if you have your heart set on attending one of the country’s best universities, you have plenty to choose from. If you want to give yourself the best possible chance of getting into your university of choice, contact us at Bright Young Things using the form below and we will explain how we can help.