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Oxford is... Helping you prepare

There is a lot you can do, even at an early stage to find out more about Oxford, and to start thinking about and preparing for your application  - and we are here to help. 

The tutors and students I spoke to on the open day were all incredibly encouraging and welcoming and I loved the thought of studying in such a unique community of passionate
and friendly students.



Indulge your curiosity and explore beyond your school curriculum. Find inspiration for your personal statement, discover something to think about before your interview or simply because you want to learn more. Our Digital Resource Hub and suggested subject resources are great places to start. 

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Oxford’s innovative and interactive digital platform for 11-18 year olds tackles complex ideas across a wide range of subjects. Oxplore’s Big Questions draw on the latest research at Oxford to engage you in topical debates and to tickle your brain cells. You will be encouraged to think outside the box  and in a way which provides some useful preparation for the highly interactive learning which we offer undergraduate students through tutorials.  

A graphic showing the Oxplore 'Big Question' "Would you pay everyone the same?"


In 2021, our free programme  for 2,500 UK state-school students will offer perfect online preparation for life as an Oxford undergraduate. UNIQ gives a taste of Oxford undergraduate student life as well as providing expert advice on the application process, often from current students and tutorsApplications for 2021 close on 15 March. 

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A free and innovative programme that aims to help black African and Caribbean students and students of mixed race with black African and Caribbean heritage increase their chances of getting into the Universities of Oxford or Cambridge. It offers a mentoring programme, academic tasters and help with applications.
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To make it easier for you to keep in contact with us, every Oxford college is ‘linked’ to a particular region of the UK. Groups of Oxford colleges are combining forces to give bespoke support to local communities. This includes events in region, in Oxford and online - so there is something for everyone, wherever you are.
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Hear about the latest admissions news and other opportunities from Oxford by following our social media channels. Instagram - @StudyAt Oxford, Twitter - @OxOutreach
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A great way to get a taste of Oxford, our open days will let you see what colleges are like, explore departments, talk to students and tutors and even perhaps experience an Oxford lecture or demonstration interview. Our 2021 University-wide Virtual Open Days will be taking place online on 30 June, 1 July . Our final open day will be on 17 September either online or in Oxford. Further details will be announced shortly. 

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Oxford's reputation as a world leading university for teaching and research made me consider applying, though I was worried it wouldn't be for me. After feeling the atmosphere and exploring the city on an open day I knew I wanted to spend the next few years of my life in Oxford.


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For further details on applying or on any aspect of student life at Oxford, please visit our undergraduate admissions website.

The best way to find out more is to visit our Open Days. Our Virtual Open Days will take place on 30 June, 1 July and 17 September.

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Students sitting outside in a college.