When you are applying for a sponsored degree you will face some strong competition and you need to really shine.  This is in just the same way as if you were applying for one of the elite universities.  Clearly the main thing you can do is to prepare well and read as much advice as possible.  This telegraph article has advice for people going through the Oxbridge application process but a lot of the interview advice is still very relevant to those of you thinking about applying for a sponsored degree.  Happy reading and let me know if it’s been helpful. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/universityeducation/10354921/Applying-to-Oxbridge-the-10-tips-for-success.html