The University of Oxford offers a wide variety of online materials, resources and other support to supplement our regional outreach programmes, which you can access free from home. These range from materials designed to help students to develop their academic skills to advice about applying to University.
Resources for students
A free innovative digital outreach portal from the University of Oxford, Oxplore aims to engage those from 11 to 18 years old with debates and ideas that go beyond what is covered in the classroom. Big questions tackle complex ideas across a wide range of subjects and draw on the latest research undertaken at Oxford. Oxplore aims to realise aspirations, promote broader thinking and stimulate intellectual curiosity. This resource can be explored as an individual or used by a teacher to lead a class.
Digital Resources Hub
The University of Oxford has compiled the best of our digital resources to support learning and exploration. The digital resources hub provides resources for students under 12, 12-16 and over 16 as well as materials for teachers and families and includes resources created by the university and recommended external sources. These resources can help parents and teachers to feed the curiosity of growing minds and inspire them to think broadly.
These resources can also enable older students to explore their passions and interests further, and to discover more about Oxford. Examples include Staircase 12 developed by University College, with ideas from current undergraduates about where to start 'reading around' the subject and ideas for stretching yourself beyond the school syllabus and Worcester college’s Bookshelf project which sends selected books to participating S4-6 students from non-selective state schools and then publishes their book reviews on the Bookshelf website
The University of Oxford YouTube channel has lots of useful videos including ones providing details on most Oxford courses. You might find these particularly useful when thinking about student life at Oxford:
The main Oxford University website has a wealth of information available if you choose to apply to Oxford, including Applying to Oxford, Fees and funding and Student life. There is also lots of guidance regarding personal statements and admissions tests online, including tips, past papers and mark schemes. If you are invited to an interview then there are many ways you can prepare including by looking at past questions, watching guidance videos or seeing what tutors think of the interview process.
You can find mock interviews by Oxford and Cambridge online too. Even if there isn’t one for your course, you may find it useful to watch one for another subject to get a better idea of the interview process: Biology, Chemistry, Classics, Engineering, English, Law, Maths and Modern Languages
Competitions for school students
Several colleges and departments of the University of Oxford run competitions which are open to students from schools and colleges. Preparing an entry for one of these competitions is a valuable experience for academically motivated students, so please do encourage your students to enter. There are also some exciting prizes to be won.
Regional Classics Northern Ireland podcast
Regional Classics captures the experiences and perspectives of Oxford classicists, past and present, from regional areas that have traditionally been underrepresented within the Faculty.
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Resources for Teachers
Choosing where to go to university can be a life-changing decision, and whilst this is exciting, it can also be daunting. We hugely value the supporting role that teachers and careers advisors can play in encouraging students to consider their options and make informed decisions. In addition to the above, we also make the following online resources available for teachers.
The University of Oxford’s webpages for teachers aim to give you all the information you need to help your students. We encourage teachers to explore our website widely but hope that you will find the resources here particularly useful. We welcome the chance to talk with teachers and advisers about supporting your students through all aspects of considering, and applying to, Oxford.
Ignite: Oxford’s free careers education programme for schools
Ignite is a career confidence programme for schools and colleges that is available free from the Oxford University Careers Service. It aims to help develop pupils’ assertiveness and confidence in academic, extra-curricular, family, social and eventual career activities. The programme is aimed at secondary school pupils (ages 11-18) and is to be delivered within the school by teachers / PSHE tutors. It is available in modules to be applied and used as appropriate.
Oxford Teachers’ Newsletter
Our teachers' newsletter features updates about our admissions process, events that teachers and students can attend, and updates regarding our access and widening participation programmes, including UNIQ. Feedback from teachers has been very positive, with many reporting that they forward the email to students interested in applying to Oxford.
Resources for families
If your child is studying for their Highers or Advanced Highers they are probably already thinking about their next steps. It’s not always easy for parents and family members to know how best to help them navigate their options. Families are welcome to look at all the resources outlined above. The University of Oxford also publishes webpages directed at families that want to find out more about studying at Oxford. These pages include guidance on choosing the right course and the application process as well as information about student life. We also provide information on the support the University can provide students, including welfare and financial support, as well as how we support students after they have graduated.
We also publish a Families’ Guide: supporting an Oxford applicant which can be read on line or downloaded, now available in Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu as well as English.