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What’s been happening at Cherwell

Over the last few months our students have enjoyed a wide range of activites, including:

  • Cherwell Green Team
  • Professorial Talk by Neil Clark on ‘Trump – What Can We Expect?’
  • Professorial Talk by Dr Magnus Moar on ‘Is Human Wickedness a Result of Nature or Nurture?’
  • Trip to Witney in the Cotswolds
  • Oxford Union Debate Workshop – ‘Is Artificial Intelligence Good for the Human Race?’
  • Cife Quiz at New College Of Humanities, London, followed by celebratory Dinner
  • Cife Award Ceremony At the House of Lords
  • Cife Football Tournament
  • Chinese New Year dinner
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Theatre visit

There’s not enough space here to tell you more but do visit the Cherwell News Section for the full run-down on what we’ve been up to!

Cherwell College student receives 2017 CIFE Award

We were delighted to see Haiqi Wu receive a 2017 CIFE Award this April for his exceptional contribution to life at Cherwell College. The picture shows our current student Pengzhou Wang, who accepted the award on Haiqui’s behalf from CIFE President Lord Lexden at a ceremony in the House of Lords.

Haiqi Wu receives a 2017 CIFE AwardHaiqi joined us directly from schooling in China for the academic year 2014-15. Haiqi was very determined to study in the UK and to enter Oxford University.

Throughout his A-level studies Haiqi frequently assisted other students with their maths and physics problems.

Our Physics tutor provided this reference for Haiqi’s UCAS application: “In almost every topic, we exceed the bounds of the syllabus e.g. we use calculus at every opportunity and discuss the wider implications of the material.  Sometimes, Haiqi asked me to set him a tricky problem that I’m not sure is solvable so that we can have fun playing with it. Haiqi usually gets further with it than I expect. However, Physics is just a secondary interest for Haiqi, with Maths as his core subject”.

Haiqi achieved A* in Maths, Further Maths and Physics and gained a place at Corpus Christi, Oxford.


Michaelmas Enrichment Program 2016

We thought you might like to hear about what our students have been doing recently…

Science Club

Michaelmas term saw lively participation in Science Club, which sustained weekly meetings. Science Club meets every Thursday evening and features different students presenting topics of their choosing. Students create their presentations individually or as a team. Michaelmas terms’ presentations were varied in subject matter from ‘Innovation in Robo-Technology’ to ‘Mind-altering Hallucinogens’. The entire cohort either attended or presented at Science Club, and showed an active engagement with the topics that had been researched by our presenters.

Oxford Union Debates

Cherwell College’s students are very privileged in that they have been granted the opportunity to become members of the world-famous Oxford Union. The College held seven debate workshops this Michaelmas term, in collaboration with the Oxford Union. The first of these workshops was an introduction to British Parliamentary debating, which covered the format and types of arguments appropriate for debates.  Other debate topics for this term at Cherwell College have included “This House believes that Trump is good for America” and debates on inheritance tax, US involvement in the Middle East and the suitability of Grammar Schools in the 21st Century. Cherwell College also assisted the Oxford Union in hosting the world renowned Inter-Varsity Debating Competition. Five dedicated volunteers from the student body at Cherwell College volunteered at this event, assisting debaters from around the world.

Maths Challenge

Several of our students competed this year in the Senior Maths Challenge, with outstanding results. We had two Gold certificate winners, which requires a score in the top 10% of students nationally. We also were awarded a Silver and Bronze certificate.

Christmas Gala Dinner

On December 9th, Cherwell House played host to the annual Christmas Dinner. This was a special occasion, attended by both staff and students alike. Highlights included a chocolate fountain and a beautiful Christmas tree . All students received a gift from Cherwell College, and the atmosphere was festive and warm. Our students each gave presentations about major religious or civic festivals in their home countries; this proved a valuable opportunity to take advantage of the multi-culturalism of Cherwell College’s student body.

For regular updates, please visit our ‘News’ page.

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Cherwell College St George BuildingWelcome to Cherwell

Cherwell College Oxford is a pre-university tutorial college, with boarding facilities, in Oxford. The College provides an exciting and challenging opportunity to study in a mature, yet informal academic environment. All students have one-to-one tutorials with expert and experienced teachers; this grants them unparalleled support and access to excellence.

Full-time programmes 

“After A-levels at Cherwell, I am so well prepared for my new life at university.” – Harold

“I achieved high grades, which I never thought possible after struggling at my previous school” - George

The College offers a range of options for full-time academic study for students aged between 14 and 19 years old.

Cherwell College Oxford is different to conventional boarding schools; at Cherwell, the focus lies on preparing students for university life. We do this by adopting an adult approach to learning, promoting independent living skills and a carefully tailoring one-to-one tuition programme to enable entry to Russell Group Universities (and other, leading international institutions).

Tutorial teaching at Cherwell CollegeThe College offers the following academic study programmes:

  • A-level
  • Bespoke one-to-one programmes
  • University Admission programmes to prepare students for university entry tests, interviews and to guide students through the admission process.

For more information please visit the Cherwell College’s STUDY page.

The Cherwell College fee structure varies depending on the number of subjects the student will study and the number of hours required per subject per week.

Short-term programmes

“The one-to-one tutorials challenged, stimulated and really educated me” – Tanya

The College also provides a wide range of short-term courses throughout the year. These include:

  • Easter Revision Programmes (March/April)
  • Pre-sessional GCSE & IGCSE (flexible start dates)
  • Pre-sessional A-level (flexible start dates)
  • Summer Academic Preparation for young learners: (English & Drama)


 For A-level: students will be expected to attend an interview with the Principal and present a good academic record from their previous studies. In addition, international students will be expected to have a good command of English language which will be evaluated during the interview or by a secured English language test provider.

For GCSE & IGCSE: students will be expected to attend an interview with the Principal.

Please email our Vice Principal for more information about our admission criteria.

Study Facilities

The main College building is St Georges Mansion - a magnificent five storey Edwardian building offering breathtaking views of the Dreaming Spires and comprising a suite of tutorial and lecture rooms, a supervised study area, a library, a common room with vending machines and a computer area.

The College has a separate Science Faculty, which is centrally located at Frewin Court (adjacent to the Oxford Union) and provides laboratory facilities for students studying science subjects.

Our Art Studio is located at Cantay House, which benefits from ample natural light and incorporates the latest technologies to support Art & Design students through all practical aspects of their course, from textiles and sculpture to photography and graphics.


Boarding students are accommodated at Cherwell House - a purpose-built student residential accommodation located within the short walking distance from our main study centres.

Situated in the heart of Oxford, Cherwell College Oxford is proud of their outstanding boarding facilities with a campus of en-suite single bedrooms, WI-FI,  laundry room, dining & common area and excellent cuisine from our high calibre chefs.


Our students have the support of a 24/7, residential welfare team. They are contactable at all times, both by phone or in person. This reflects the supportive and personalised ethos of the college, and our belief that student wellbeing is paramount.

Life at Cherwell

Cherwell College Oxford has an established tradition with the Oxford Union where our students become members of the Union. This provides them with the exclusive opportunity to attend debating workshops and lectures by prominent individuals.

Cherwell College runs activities for our students at the weekends, including cinema trips, museum visits and tours of local cities. We also have regular Film Club and Science Club meetings.

External speakers often come to Cherwell College to speak to our students on a variety of issues, be they political, historical, scientific, legal or sociological.

For more information on life at Cherwell College, please visit our website

Cherwell students are also members of local gyms / sports clubs, tennis clubs and equestrian centres. We have our own dedicated football team, with regular training sessions.