Oxford Pathways Programme

The Pathways Programme is an initiative coordinated by the Colleges of the University of Oxford, with support from the Sutton Trust. The programme aims to provide information, advice and guidance on higher education and Oxford to academically able students, and staff members, in non-selective state schools with little history of student progression to Oxford.  All of our events are run in Oxford, and are free to attend.

Is my school eligible?

We work with specifically targeted state schools across the UK. On the whole these are schools without sixth forms, or schools with little, if any, history of sending students to Oxford. If you would like to check whether your school is eligible please contact us on pathways@admin.ox.ac.uk.

Year 10 Taster Days:

These days run from February to May and give academically able year 10 students a chance to visit Oxford for a taste of what it would be like to study here. The programme includes an introduction to higher education and student finance, interactive sessions with current students, lunch served in the college dining hall, and participation in an academic activity. Please apply using our online application form. Applications close at 5pm on Thursday 12 December 2013 and places are allocated after this date. Please read the frequently asked questions before booking (FAQs 2014 (206 kb) [pdf]). If you have any questions about Taster Days please contact Emma on pathways@admin.ox.ac.uk.  

Year 11 Investigating Options Day:

Applications for the 2013 Investigating Options events have now closed. Further information about 2014 events will be posted here in July.

Any questions about year 11 events should be addressed to Ashley on pathways@admin.ox.ac.uk.

Year 12 Study Days:

Year 12 Study Days offer students the chance to experience their chosen subject through a day of academic sessions run by Oxford tutors. Students offered a place on the study days will also be offered application support and advice throughout the academic year. Applications are now closed for the Study Days on 18, 19 and 20 March 2014 but more Study Days are planned for March 2015.

For information on the 2014 selection criteria and the subjects sessions held please see the guidance notes (Guidance on study days.pdf (290 kb) [pdf]).

If you have any questions about the Study Days please email Joe or Alice on pathways@admin.ox.ac.uk

Year 13 Application Information Day:

This event provides information and advice on personal statements, tests and interviews, and involves subject-specific as well as general sessions. Students will have the opportunity to speak to academics, current undergraduates and admissions staff. It’s aimed at students who are about to submit an application to the University of Oxford. The next event will be in September 2014. Bookings will open in late June 2014.

If you have queries about any aspect of the programme, or would like to be added to our mailing list, please contact Alice on pathways@admin.ox.ac.uk.