Virtual Study Days

As part of Oriel's Virtual Outreach programme, a series of Virtual Study Days in selected subjects are available to Year 12 students interested in studying at Oxford or other top universities

Virtual Study Days give Year 12 students from UK state schools a taste of what it's like to study their subject at Oxford, alongside dedicated advice and guidance on making an application. Live academic content will be provided by Oriel academics, alongside sessions led by the college Outreach Officer and opportunities to interact with current undergraduate students.

What can I expect from a Virtual Study Day?

Each Virtual Study Day will include the following:

  • An academic lecture (typically based on part of the subject's undergraduate syllabus at Oxford)
  • An academic seminar, offering the opportunity to get involved in a discussion led by our academics
  • A demonstration interview/interview workshop (please note: individual mock interviews for participants will not be possible)
  • Seminars on studying the subject at Oxford, and the application process (including admissions tests)
  • A Q&A with academics and current students

Live content will be scheduled between 10am and 3.30pm on the date of the Virtual Study Day, with breaks between sessions. All academic content is planned to be offered live, and some admissions-related content will be offered as pre-recorded videos. Recordings of all sessions will be available for a short period of time after the event to all attendees. We hope that these arrangements will enable as many participants as possible to benefit from the Virtual Study Days in a way which suits their individual needs and access to technology at home.

Participants for each Virtual Study Day will also receive a book selected by our academics following the event, to support and encourage further exploration of their chosen subject. This, alongside all other elements of the Virtual Study Days, is offered free of charge.

Which Virtual Study Days are on offer, and when?

We are currently accepting applications for:

Classics & Ancient History: Tuesday 6th July

Themes/topics covered TBC

No prior study or formal knowledge of Classics and the ancient world is required. Suitable for students interested in all Classics-related courses, including Ancient History and Classics Joint Schools

Who can apply for a Virtual Study Day place?

Virtual Study Day applicants must satisfy all of the following criteria:

  • Currently in Year 12 at a UK state school
  • On track to achieve 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 the subject at degree level (Study Days are not intended to have a general focus)

We aim to accommodate as many eligible students as possible involved for the Virtual Study Days, as digital events lack the space constraints of their in-person counterparts. If, however, the events are over-subscribed, applications will be prioritised using 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-4)
  • Home postcode in ACORN category 4 or 5, or POLAR quintiles 1 or 2
  • Receipt of Free School Meals
  • Care leavers

How do I apply?

Please complete the form below in full. The closing date for English, Medicine, and PPE is 5pm on Wednesday 26th May.

The closing date for Classics & Ancient History is 5pm on Thursday 1st July

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.

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

Please contact our Outreach Officer: