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Oriel College is going to hold four residentials for year 12 students

Purpose built to encourage year 12 students from non-selective UK state schools to apply to competitive universities including Oxford and Cambridge, each of the programmes covers one of four subject areas and gives a taste of what it is like to study at an Oxford college.

On Monday 25 March, there is a Modern Languages and Linguistics programme, on Tuesday 26 March, a History programme, on Wednesday 27 March, an English programme, and on Thursday 28 March, a STEM programme for female and non-binary students.

To be considered, applicants must currently be in year 12 and have and predicted A-Level grades that meet the University of Oxford’s standard offer for the relevant degree courses.

Applicants to the STEM programme should also identify as female or non-binary.

Organised by Outreach Officer Arron O’Connor, 2024 is the second year Oriel College has held a series of residentials over the Easter vacation.

In 2023, a total of 78 year 12 students participated in the residentials programmes, which focused on Philosophy, Classics and Sustainability, with taster sessions ran by subject tutors.

Sofiia, who attended the Philosophy programme, has previously recommended the residentials.

“The academic taster sessions were amazing. The people who taught them were interesting and passionate, and we were able to engage with really high-level questions,” she said.

Lola, a participant on the Classics programme, said she believed the programme would “definitely help” prospective students.

“I think you could be a little unsure of what you want to do for a course, and it’s better to find out it sooner rather than when you’ve applied for your study,” she added.

The deadline to apply for this year’s Easter residentials is midnight on Saturday 9 March. Further details can be found on Easter Residential Programmes for Year 12 Students page on the Oriel College website.

Please direct any questions regarding the residentials to Outreach Officer Arron O’Connor at