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Easter Residential Programmes for Year 12 Students

Oriel College is excited to be hosting four one-night Residential Programmes which will be taking place at the college on the following dates: 25th–26th, 26th–27th, 27th–28th and 28th–29th March.


  • 25th26th March: Modern Languages and Linguistics Study Day 
    For students considering degrees in Modern Language combinations and joint schools Modern Languages and Linguistics. 
Application Form
  • 26th27th March: History Study Day
    For students considering degrees in History (such as History or History and Modern Languages).
Application Form
  • 27th28th March: English Study Day
    For students considering degrees in English (such as English Language and Literature or English and Modern Languages).
Application Form
  • 28th29th March: Women in STEM Study Day
    For female and non-binary students considering degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths. Example courses include Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics, etc. Applicants are asked to state a course preference on the application form.
Application Form

About the Programmes

These programmes are designed to support Year 12 students from non-selective state schools in the UK who are considering degrees at highly selective universities like the University of Oxford. Participants will avail of subject sessions, applications workshops, and opportunities to work with academics at the University of Oxford.

All expenses (accommodation at Oriel, meals, and activities) are funded thanks to the generosity of an Oxford alumnus. Reasonable travel costs to Oxford to attend a residential programme will also be reimbursed.

If you have any questions about the programmes, please email the Outreach Officer, Arron O’Connor, via

Who can apply for a place on the Easter Residential Programmes?

Residential Programme applicants must satisfy all of the following criteria:

  • Currently in Year 12 at a UK state school
  • Predicted A-Level grades equivalent to the University of Oxford’s standard offer for the relevant course (see the university website for full details)
  • Interested in studying a degree level course relevant to the programme (ie. Modern Languages and Linguistics for the MLL Study Day)

For the Women in STEM Programme applicants should also identify as female or non-binary, and be interested in applying to a degree-level course in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Previous programmes have been oversubscribed, so applications will also be prioritised based on the following criteria:

  • Studying at a non-selective (comprehensive) state school
  • Studying at a school with limited history of progression to Oxbridge
  • Home postcode with a limited history of progression to HE (POLAR-3)
  • Home postcode in ACORN category 4 or 5, or POLAR quintiles 1 or 2
  • Receipt of Free School Meals/Pupil Premium

Applicants are also welcome to notify us of any other relevant personal circumstances in the sign-up form. Please note that applicants should only apply for one of the Easter Residential programmes – we will not be able to offer spaces on multiple programmes to individuals.

How to apply

Please complete the sign-up form for the programme to which you wish to apply in full via the links above. The closing date for applications for all programmes is midnight on Saturday 9th March 2024.

You should provide an email address for a teacher at your school, who may be asked to send a short reference in support of your application to late applications will be considered.

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