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Easter Residential Programmes for Year 12 Students

Oriel College is excited to be hosting three one-night Residential Programmes which will be taking place in the college on the 3rd to 4th April, 4th to 5th April and 11th to 12th April 2023 as follows:


  • 3rd-4th April: Philosophy Joint Schools Study Day 
    For students considering degrees in Philosophy Joint Schools degrees, particularly the Philosophy and STEM joint honours degrees (such as Physics and Philosophy, Maths and Philosophy and Computer Science and Philosophy).
Application Form
  • 4th-5th April: Classics Study Day
    For students considering degrees in Classics (such as Classics or Classics and Modern Languages).
Application Form
  • 11th-12th April: Women in Sustainability Programme
    For students considering degrees in STEM or Social Sciences who have an interest in exploring Sustainability through academic study. This includes students considering Chemistry, Engineering, Law, Earth Sciences, etc.
    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. 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. Physics and Philosophy for the Philosophy Joint Schools Study Day) 

For the Women in Sustainability Programme applicants should also identify as female or non-binary, and be interested in exploring the topic of sustainability through a degree-level course. 

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 midday on Sunday 12th March 2023. 

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 No late applications will be considered. 

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