Year 10 Materials & Physics Day

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Event time
9:30 - 15:30
Department of Materials, University of Oxford
16 Parks Road
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Target audience
Age range
Age 14-15 (year 10)
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Come along to find out more about studying the science of "stuff", both the fundamental and the applied, on scales ranging from the breadth of the universe to the most fundamental particles and everything in between!

At our annual Y10 Materials and Physics Day, you will learn how physicists at Oxford gaze into the far reaches of the cosmos, address pressing questions about the Earth's climate, and explore the strange world of quantum mechanics. There will be particular emphasis on ‘What is Material Science?', showing how the interdisciplinary subject spans the physics and chemistry of matter, and explores the fascinating world of materials and their real world applications.

The day will highlight key ideas in both subjects areas with practical demonstrations, such as an investigation of materials used in aircraft design, examining the properties of different chocolate, or using diffraction glasses which reveal a world of hidden rainbows.

To end the day we give an overview of the course at Oxford and discuss how to apply. We will also touch upon the many career options available to those with a degree in either subject.

Whilst we are fully aiming to hold this event in person in Oxford, we may need to change to an online afternoon event at short notice due to the uncertain and continuously evolving nature of the pandemic and any associated restrictions. We will of course be in touch with participating schools nearer the time if this is the case.

Booking information:
This event is open to high-achieving Year 10 students from UK schools who are considering studying Maths and Physics at A-level (or equivalent). Students should be on course to receive a minimum of 777 in triple award science/7-7 in double award science at GCSE, plus at least a 7 in Maths.

Places are limited so booking is essential. Since these events are very popular we ask you to limit the number of students from a single school to 7 on any one day. If you are wanting to bring more students please contact us by emailing

We request, where possible, that at least half of the students in your group identify as female. You may wish to consider working with another local school if this could be a challenge.

Priority will be given to students from schools with little or no history of applications to Oxford.

Book your place by filling out the registration form linked on this page by 5pm Friday 10th December. All schools will be notified whether they have a confirmed place by 4pm Tuesday 14th December.

As this event is during the school day, we request that registrations for students are completed by a teacher.