Teacher and pupils
Teacher and pupils

For students 12 to 16

For students aged between 12 and 16, we have compiled resources that can push their imaginations and stimulate thinking.

Resources from Oxford University

  • Oxplore - As the ‘Home of Big Questions', Oxplore aims to engage students aged 11-18 with debates and ideas that go beyond the classroom. Big questions tackle complex ideas across a range of subjects and draw on the latest research undertaken at Oxford.
  • The Oxplore Book Club - This features a new text for readers to discover every month until the summer break, along with a dedicated Oxplore page bursting with author profiles, quizzes, videos and more. Students will able to submit their own book reviews for the chance to win prizes and there will be a monthly book chat on Zoom with some very special guests.
  • Springboard videos - These videos bring you cutting-edge research from Oxford's graduate students on a wide range of topics - from climate change and colonialism, to microbiomes and mathematical logic. Each video offers an introduction to a new topic, plus lots of activities and further resources to explore. When you click on a topic, we'll ask you a few questions and then play the video you've chosen.

Subject specific resources

  • Classics TL;DR - Classics - An animated series where we break down the ancient world, so you can delve right into the original stories.
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey - Classics - A series of videos from the Classics Faculty exploring the Classical world through Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.
  • Cabinet - Classics, Theology, History of Art - An archive of fascinating artefacts from the University’s collections.
  • GeomLab - Computing - This website will introduce you to some of the most important ideas in computer programming in an interactive, visual way through guided activities.
  • Diseases of Modern Life Resources - English - A range of sample texts from primary sources useful for preparing students for AQA's English GCSE 'unseen 19th century literary non-fiction'.
  • Lest We Forget Project - English and History - A project led by the University of Oxford and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission aiming to collect and digitally archive First World War artefacts stored in bedrooms and attics across the UK.
  • Suffrage in a Box - History - Learning packs curated by the Bodleian Libraries on women's suffrage in the UK, including primary sources and descriptions.
  • Oxford Mathematics Alphabet - Mathematics - Brought to you by tutors from the Mathematical Institute, the Mathematics Alphabet presents engaging mathematical ideas and the latest research.
  • Creative Multilingualism - Modern Languages - Languages open doors to lots of different careers. Whether you are learning a language at school or in your community, or if you have a home or heritage language other than English, languages can take you places you don’t yet know you want to go. Creative Multilingualism wants to encourage young people to be ambitious and to think creatively about the career possibilities languages make possible.
  • Oxford Politics blog - Politics - A blog sharing research and analysis from the University's Department of Politics.
  • Oxford Sparks - Science - An online portal for engaging with the exciting scientific developments happening in the University.
  • The Oxford Scientist schools writing competition - Science - An essay competition for school students, offering the opportunity to have their work published in the Oxford Scientist magazine.
  • Museum of Natural History tour - Science - A virtual tour of the University's Museum of Natural History.

General Resources

  • Staircase 12 - A hub of resources and information for students who want to stretch beyond the school syllabus, run by University College, Oxford.
  • Worcester Bookshelf Project - A project run by Worcester College that involves sharing, recommending and reviewing books across a range of subjects.
  • Oxford Podcasts - More than 5,000 hours of podcasts and lecture series on a range of subjects from the University of Oxford.
  • Ashmolean Museum resources - Downloadable learning resources and short videos on a range of topics including History of Art and literature.
  • St John's College Inspire Digital - A collection of articles, TED talks, videos, and competitions that delve into selected topics and enhance pupils' learning. 

Recommended External Resources

General Resources

  • BBC Future - A series of articles exploring interesting questions, from 'What's the best age to learn a language?' to 'Can AI help cure loneliness?
  • My HE Plus - Created by the University of Cambridge, this website helps you to explore subjects beyond the classroom.
  • Ted Talks - A series of short and fascinating talks discussing big ideas.
  • Zooniverse - A platform that lets you contribute to real-life research projects.
  • Duolingo - A resource for consolidating language learning, available both online and as an app. It offers 30 languages, and the format allows users to study flexibly.

Museums and Galleries

Subject Specific Resources

  • Art History Archive - Art History - A glossary of terms used within Art and Art History.
  • Royal Society of Biology - Biology - An educational resources hub from the Royal Society of Biology.
  • XPlore Health - Biology - This programme offers multimedia resources, giving an insight into the latest biomedical research.
  • Isaac Chemistry - Chemistry - Online platform aimed at engaging GCSE and A-level students with Chemistry.
  • Royal Society of Chemistry - Chemistry - Teaching resources on the subject of Chemistry: from podcasts to online games.
  • I Want to Study Engineering - Engineering - Aimed at students interested in Engineering, with online problems, video content and puzzles.
  • Tomorrow’s Engineers - Engineering - Activities designed to introduce engineering principles and examples of engineering challenges in real life. 
  • The Poetry Foundation - English - An interactive website, including videos and audio clips to make poetry come to life.
  • Royal Geographical Society - Geography - Resources for teachers and students, including podcasts, online lectures and articles.
  • BBC Law in Action - Law - A radio show that analyses the law stories featuring in the news.
  • Plus Mathematics - Mathematics - An online magazine from the University of Cambridge, aimed at celebrating Mathematics.
  • MusicMap - Music - An interactive hub of popular music, showing how it is all connected.
  • Classical Music - Music - The official website of the BBC Music Magazine, featuring podcasts, reviews and artist interviews.
  • Isaac Physics - Physics - Online platform aimed at engaging GCSE and A-level students with Physics.
  • British Physics Olympiad - Physics - Annual physics competition, including past papers and other resources.