Introducing…
The Economics & Management Mastermind

The Mastermind will help prepare you for Economics & Management entry to Oxford.

You won’t find such a highly intensive, comprehensive and personalised preparation specifically for Economics & Management anywhere else.

There are three Mastermind Programmes: Silver (🥈) , Gold (🥇), and Diamond (💎)

Oxford Economics & Management Programmes (2023 entry)
Silver (LITE)
Pre-recorded materials and group enrichment LIVE on Zoom
Price on application

800+ exclusive online past paper video solutions and practice questions

Fortnightly Economics workshops with our expert Economics tutors

Fortnightly Social Sciences workshop including Management

Fortnightly TSA workshops including TSA mini-mocks

2-day intensive summer Economics workshops, including interview prep

​1-day Economics and Management group interview course

A suggested week-by-week study programme to keep you on track

Total: 195 hours
Price on application
Most popular
Gold
Pre-recorded materials, group enrichment, 1-1 support LIVE on Zoom
Price on application
EVERYTHING in Silver
PLUS: 20 hours of 1-1 Economics & Management tuition
  • Be matched with an expert Oxford-educated Economics & Management tutor
  • Made-to-measure guidance
  • TSA preparation
  • Interview preparation including Management
  • Marked written assignments and homework
  • E&M personal statement reviews and edits

PLUS: 3x 1-1 mock interviews

Total: 217 hours
Price on application
Diamond
Pre-recorded materials, group enrichment, 1-1 support LIVE on Zoom
Price on application
EVERYTHING in Silver
PLUS: 40 hours of 1-1 Economics & Management tuition
  • Be matched with an expert Oxford-educated Economics & Management tutor
  • Made-to-measure guidance
  • TSA preparation
  • Interview preparation including Management
  • Marked written assignments and homework
  • E&M personal statement reviews and edits

PLUS: 6x 1-1 mock interviews

Total: 239 hours
Price on application

Further testimonials
Hear from students who have seen the unmatched results of taking our courses:
It was a very useful course as it would not only help you for your admissions test, but it would also help you for your A-Level subjects or essays at university. The group work was quite quick for the first essay, but after the first the one you pick it up and it gets engaging. It was good to hear the conclusions as it basically summed up the entire essay plan and you can hear different viewpoints that might not have been mentioned in your essay plan
Maanas
The workshop is very informative and helpful, you get to share your ideas and learn from each other. It's very interactive, there are small group discussions which force you to think and push you to improve. I would definitely recommend it to my friends.
Jiankai
This course proved to be a very useful one as it outlined a clear method by which to follow when completing an essay, as well as providing us with plenty of opportunities to practice that. I feel more confident now upon which structure to follow when writing my essay, and gained some useful academic insight from the tutors themselves, whilst equally engaging in interactive discussions with other pupils.
Nikola
The course provides you with expert tutors who expose you to challenging situations that they try to guide you through, as well as getting you to solve them yourself. The content sufficiently covers the different aspects of the application process and is interactive throughout which makes it enjoyable. I ultimately feel more prepared following the course, but also aware of what my following steps should be to improve.
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Meet some of our tutoring team...
Paarul

A first-class Oxford graduate and qualified classroom teacher, Paarul is the founder and visionary behind The Oxbridge Formula and author of The Oxbridge Formula book.

Having been an Oxbridge Mentor in a top-10 London independent school and garnered more than 10 years teaching experience, she is committed to helping students fulfil the heights of their potential through hard work, a growth mindset and plenty of problem solving. Together with Lead Tutor Chris, she has helped nearly 3000 students with their Oxbridge applications.
Chris

The Oxbridge Formula’s Senior Oxbridge Tutor, Chris is a first-class Oxford Masters’ graduate with 7 years’ experience mentoring Oxbridge candidates to success. He is the co-author of The Oxbridge Formula and responsible for co-creating many of The Oxbridge Formula’s sell-out admissions test preparation courses.

With experience working with students individually and in groups, Chris heads up the tutoring team and ensures a high standard of education is maintained throughout all of The Oxbridge Formula’s courses.

Sam

With a doctorate in Maths and currently working as a maths lecturer at Imperial College London, Sam knows exactly what admissions tutors are looking for. He’s been working with The Oxbridge Formula since its inception and has been instrumental in developing our courses as a highly valued member of our tutoring team. Not just a maths whizz, Sam is an experienced, confident teacher, great at explaining new concepts simply & working through solutions with a group.

Adam

A key member of our tutoring team, Adam graduated with a First from Cambridge, did a PhD in Maths at Imperial, and has now popped back to Cambridge to do a postdoc. What a trajectory! He has a knack for drawing links between seemingly unconnected bits of maths. Experienced as both a group and one-to-one tutor, Adam is a strong communicator and expert problem solver, excited to take on new challenges with students.

What's included?
- Silver
- Gold
- Diamond
Online resources, workshops, and courses
Over 800 exclusive online TSA video solutions (including extra practice questions) - Available immediately
- Silver
- Gold
- Diamond
Over 800 exclusive online TSA video solutions (including extra practice questions) - Available immediately

Students tell us that, when they see the answer the examiner was looking for, they get it, but that they would have never have known the intended answer on their own.

Our 800+ video solutions have been created by our handpicked team of expert tutors. They have been created to express every thought process, so that you can start to think just like an expert and approach problems or passages of text in the same way.

This video content and the extra practice questions we provide form the basis of the independent study that Mastermind students will do at home.

You will have access to the online resources for 1 year, i.e. until after your admissions test and interview have both taken place.

 

“Using the online resources, I felt there was somewhere I could turn every time I had a question!”
–Charlotte

 

“It’s really helpful to see the best way to tackle a question and what to start with. In particular, the use of diagrams to explain problems made a lot the explanations very clear.”
–Siddharth

Live weekly workshops
Fortnightly Economics workshops

You want to be able to approach interview questions and your TSA essay with utter confidence. Not a doubt in sight.

For this, you need:

  • A healthy store of background knowledge
  • To be exposed to to key ideas and their economic, political, and social context
  • To practise understanding, discussing, and debating these key ideas and concepts
  • To be familiar with the style of argumentation that will be expected of you as an Oxford candidate in economics

With these 4 skills under your belt, you’ll be able to impress the admissions tutors by creating an essay or producing an answer which hinges on economic or political insights from all the thinking you’ve done about them.

Examples of topics

The below are just some examples of topics we’ll be covering with you. In reality, we’re likely to change things up a bit, according to the current affairs stories at the time.

The sessions will involve discussion, argumentation and some interrogation(!). They aren’t lectures and you’ll be an active participant, learning how to express your views with panache.

Each of the following topics can be spun to be relevant to you and your subject. We will draw on other social science subjects besides Economics & Management to make sure you can give nuanced answers to a variety of questions. The tutor will bear in mind your subject of choice and angle the question to your subject specialism.

Economics:

  • What ‘is’ Economics (and what is it not)
  • Issues regarding the tragedy of the commons
  • The economic problem
  • Keynes vs Classical models
  • Adam Smith’s theory and its implications today
  • The transfer of maths into economics
  • Fiscal and monetary reforms of the last 100 years
  • The roles of Keynes and Austrian schools of thought in shaping economic policy decisions in 2021
  • Synthesis of economic equations in Microeconomics, such as ‘Why is MR twice AR?’
  • Elasticity, labour markets, and the theory of the firm
  • Behavioural economics – the theory and the real life context of nudges and shoves
Fortnightly social sciences workshop including Management

Examples of topics

The below are just some examples of topics we’ll be covering with you:

Management:

  • Differences between management and leadership
  • Models of management
  • The role of crisis management
  • The role of technology in business operations
  • Models of leadership (via case study and via situational reasoning)
  • Financial ratios and financial analysis
  • How to write reports
  • The importance of customer service modelling
  • Recruitment vs retention models
  • Motivation theories
  • Global markets and trade and how these are being impacted by different entrepreneurs
  • Changes in technology and its impact on the workforce
  • Case study research and discussion

Other Social Sciences topics (from subjects incl. PPE/Land Economy) include:

  • Comparative politics
  • National and international political institutions
  • Quantitative methods in politics
  • Compulsory Purchase Orders (and how they impact residents)
  • Why are we building HS2?
  • Does the Air Passenger Duty make a difference to global carbon footprint?
Fortnightly TSA workshops including TSA mini-mocks

Examples of topics

The below are just some examples of topics we’ll be covering with you:

TSA Critical Thinking:

  • Find the main conclusion of an argument
  • Draw a conclusion from a passage
  • What would weaken/strengthen an argument
  • Find a flaw in an argument
  • Find an assumption of an argument
  • Identify or illustrate the principle behind an argument
  • Which other argument has parallel reasoning to this one

TSA Problem Solving:

  • Rules and constraints
  • Setting up equations and inequalities
  • Rotating, stacking and transforming shapes
  • Cubes and nets
  • Constructing from units
  • Timing and scheduling
  • Extracting info from tables
  • Speed-Distance-Time problems
Summer Economics Course - Essay and Interview Skills (live on Zoom)
- Silver
- Gold
- Diamond
Summer Economics Course - Essay and Interview Skills (live on Zoom)

Following directly on from the work you’ll be doing during the regular fortnightly sessions, we’ll dedicate two whole days over the Summer holidays to debating issues in more depth. The workshops will be split into 4 sections:

  • Economics
  • Land Economy
  • Philosophy and Politics (for PPE applicants)
  • Management (for Econ & Management applicants)

We encourage applicants in all subjects to attend all sections, as you’ll be able to apply nuances to your thinking if you can tackle any issue from multiple viewpoints.

Exam Technique and Contextual Essay Writing Workshop (live on Zoom)
- Silver
- Gold
- Diamond
Exam Technique and Contextual Essay Writing Workshop (live on Zoom)

The TSA features a significant essay section on topics from Economics, Politics, Ethics, and other social sciences. In this workshop, we will cover all the key techniques you’ll need to smash that essay, plus a host of further tips to make your essay stand out.

Content:

  • A contextual vs. theoretical essay – what’s the difference?
  • How do you tell what a question is really asking?
  • What are the most common topics and the key themes and debates in each?
  • What does a good argument in the social sciences look like?
  • How can you incorporate your background knowledge into your answer?
  • How should you begin analysing a quote or source?
  • How should you structure each sentence, each paragraph, and each essay?
1-day Economics-centred group interview course (live on Zoom)
- Silver
- Gold
- Diamond
1-day Economics-centred group interview course (live on Zoom)

Dates: Various weekend dates in November 2022 – you’ll be allocated a space upon registration.

Generic interview prep is rarely very useful, and it can be hard to find realistic interview practice for a technical Economics-based interview.

This 6-hour course is completely focused on the ins and outs of an Economics and Management interview. Specifically, you’ll be grilled on your personal statement and practise answering tough, never-before-seen questions and explaining your thinking to the interviewer as you go.

Uniquely, you’ll do your interview in front of up to nine other attendees and you’ll have a chance to watch their interviews too, allowing you to work through the questions in real time.

Isn’t that super stressful, I hear you ask?

Basically, yes!

And students who attended this course in the past unanimously told us that the real interviews felt easy in comparison.

“Actually doing a mock, you see the depths the interviewer would explore once you get into the question, which you don’t get just from looking up interview questions online. And it’s fascinating to see everyone else’s mocks and their different approaches.”
–Katie

“The mock interview helped me to practise how to take advice onboard while attempting a question. It was also very useful in getting used to the sorts of thought process you need to carry out, such as starting with a concrete case and then generalising. The tutor who asked the interview questions and the tutor who gave feedback afterwards were both very friendly, and they went over the different aspects of your interview in depth to explain what went well and how to improve on other areas.”
–Thomas

Exclusive to the Gold and Diamond Masterminds
20/40 hours of 1-1 Tuition
- Gold
- Diamond
20/40 hours of 1-1 Tuition

Not currently available outside of this package, we are offering up to 40 hours of tuition with our esteemed tutors.

Honestly, the value of every minute with our expert tutors in a ONE-TO-ONE setting is IMMENSE.

This tuition is highly recommended for international students, as it will also allow us to go through other aspects of your application, such as university choice.

  • We don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach: all of our advice is made-to-measure
  • Turn formidable questions into a piece of cake
  • Includes weekly marked homework
  • These sessions can be used for ANYTHING you want:
  •         – Personal statement help
            – TSA prep
            – Interview prep
            – Discussing marked mock exams
            – Mock interviews
            – A-level support
            – Useful vocabulary for international students
            – General questions about Oxford
            – Super-curricular enrichment

3x/6x 1-1 Mock interviews
- Gold
- Diamond
3x/6x 1-1 Mock interviews

The pressure of an Oxford interview is real. The number of truly exceptional students that have walked into an interview only to succumb to their nerves is incredible.

Our 1-1 interviews help you avoid this situation and allow you to walk into your interview with confidence.

You’ll get three mock interviews in a two hour session, with detailed feedback after each one.

Becoming comfortable answering tough questions in your subject “out loud” – and facing pushback from the interviewer! – takes some getting used to. Our expert tutors emulate the interview process so you are fully prepared!

Apply for the Economics & Management Mastermind programme with The Oxbridge Formula

Sign up to one of our packages to begin your interview preparation as soon as possible – don’t delay, Oxford typically give very little notice to invite you to interview; start now!

What are the 800+ video solutions really like?
TSA - Parallel Reasoning
TSA - Drawing conclusions
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FAQs
I already have the online resources as part of the Bronze Online Bundle, so I don't need these again.

Not to worry, send us a message at support@stepmaths.co.uk with the order number of your previous bundle and we’ll send you a way to purchase the bundle at a further discount of £150.

What happens if I can't make one of the dates?

Everything we do here at the Oxbridge Formula is highly interactive, so you will get a much better experience if you can attend live. Therefore, we recommend you plan around the dates of the intensive courses if possible.

Nonetheless, if you absolutely cannot attend, you will also have access to pre-recorded versions after each course has taken place. If practical, we also intend to record parts of the workshops. Please note that we are not able to share a recording of the interview group course.

Who is the Economics and Management Mastermind aimed at?

The Mastermind is for students who are aiming for 2023 entry or deferred entry in 2024.

Is the Economics and Management Mastermind for me?

When you apply, you will complete a baseline academic assessment and discuss with us your motivations for applying to Oxford to allow us to determine if you are a good fit for the Mastermind.

We only work with highly motivated and determined students as our programme requires a good deal of independent study on top of the classes and courses on offer. To be successful, students will need to spend several hours each week on independent study, a level of commitment that is required of all students.

Our triple satisfaction guarantee to you:
Price Match

We are sure that no other organisation offers such a comprehensive and rigorous package of online and group courses specifically for Economics & Management admissions tests and interview preparation. In the unlikely event that you do find an identical package at a lower price, carried out by tutors with comparable credentials, we guarantee to match the price.

Tutor Quality

We guarantee the quality of our tutors. All of our tutors are either Oxbridge-educated or hold a PhD from a Russell Group University in a relevant subject. Our tutors go through an intense selection process before they qualify to work with us, and even after that they undergo further training to shape them into the best teachers possible.

Money Back

There is a 14-day money-back guarantee available to students who attend the first two weekly workshops and send us their notes and marked questions to prove that they have used the online resources. If you have done both of these and you still don’t feel that the programme will benefit you on your journey to Oxbridge, just let us know and we would be happy to refund you your full payment. Please note that, if you have had some 1-1 tuition sessions with us, these will still be payable.

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