OSCAR (Online System for Completing Applications & References) is our online platform which has been designed with outstanding university applications in mind.


It supports:

  • students to develop competitive, subject-focused personal statements

  • teachers to produce effective references



Once set up with an OSCAR account, students are guided through an activity-based process which helps them to:

  • Display their academic personality and potential

  • Provide evidence about key motivations for wanting to study a subject

  • Showcase a piece of independent research (said to enhance the chances of receiving an offer)

  • Analyse relevant academic activities and work experience effectively

  • Report on a selection of extra-curricular activities

I’m finding OSCAR very helpful; it has a lot of valuable content which has helped me perfectly describe and phrase my skills correctly for my personal statement
— Academic Apprenticeship student, 2019


Outstanding university applications require outstanding school references. Our priority is for school references to be produced which provide clear evidence of the applicant’s skill set, experiences and undergraduate potential.

  • OSCAR’s reference tool provides a clear breakdown of advice for both form tutors and subject teachers.

  • Explore message categories that are sought after by admissions tutors

  • Use the guidance to identify course related examples of applicants’ academic skills and commitment to the subject area that they are pursuing

  • Use the tool to complement and feed into any existing system for collecting references at your school


With OSCAR, our subject references are a million times better - the programme has significantly up-skilled our staff.
— Katie Sanders-Pope, Director of Sixth Form, Mildenhall College Academy


Students get resources and a structured programme which is proven to increase their chances of getting a university offer. Activities which encourage students to analyse a topic of interest in the manner of an undergraduate provide an excellent opportunity for enrichment.


The OSCAR system reduces staff workloads and strengthens teacher support for personal statement writing. Subject-specific pathways are available and OSCAR guides teachers in providing efficient and targeted feedback. Teachers can use the system to monitor the progress of their cohorts.


Senior managers

The OSCAR system provides a means of overseeing all applications within a school. Giving teachers access to up-to-date resources and activities ensures that key messages about personal statements and references are co-ordinated across a school or college.