Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor student Alaw Owen has been awarded a place to study French and a Beginner Language at Oxford Summer School (UNIQ) after achieving exceptional exam results.

UNIQ Spring and Summer gives students a taste of the Oxford undergraduate student experience and is open to students studying in their first year of further education who are based at UK state schools and colleges to apply. The lucky students who make the grades will be invited to stay in an Oxford college for a week, attend lectures and seminars in their chosen subject area and receive expert advice on the Oxford application and interview process.

It is extremely competitive to get into Oxford, with nearly 20,000 people applying for around 3,200 undergraduate places for entry in 2017, meaning that Oxford receives, on average, more than 6 applications for each available place. This is hardly surprising as Oxford is often regarded as the best University in the world and so this advice could give students a better chance at being accepted during the application process.

The experience will provide Alaw with enough information to decide if Oxford University is the right place for her to go after finishing her A levels.

Alaw Owen from Pwllheli has been studying French, Law, History and Sociology AS levels at Pwllheli campus since she left high school. Alaw's tutor, Helen McFarlane says she is thrilled for her success and is pleased her student's skills are being recognised:

In the current climate of uncertainty, language skills have become ever more important to help students succeed, not only in the European but also in the global marketplace, both for study and work. When competing for a place against the most talented students and professionals from around the world, being able to speak another language - or languages! - will ensure that you really stand out!

UNIQ is a free residential programme aimed at giving UK students the opportunity to experience Oxford, and to allow them to form their own opinions on the suitability of the University. More information is available here:

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