Floreat access programme 2019 (photo: Stuart Bebb)
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Access Programmes for Year 12 Students

Balliol has two access programmes for Year 12 students: Floreat (Humanities), and the new Frontier (Science) programme beginning in Spring Term 2022

Balliol College Floreat Access Programme

Floreat access programme 2019 (photo: Stuart Bebb)

Floreat is a year-long academic programme offered to Year 12 students from state schools in the London borough of Brent, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. The programme offers the opportunity to engage with Oxford-style humanities teaching, and it is offered to students free of charge.

The bulk of the academic content is delivered through a series of virtual academic seminars, led by Oxford University representatives and hosted after school hours. The programme also includes a residential summer school in Oxford during which students take part in a tutorial.

This opportunity suits academically able students who are interested in studying an arts/humanities programme at Oxbridge and who are keen to engage with academic ideas outside their school curriculum, ahead of applying to university the following year. 

Floreat access programme 2019 (photo: Stuart Bebb)

Taught sessions begin in Spring Term and end shortly after Easter. Students will have work to complete prior to attending the residential in August, during which they will receive support with the application process. Participants need to commit to attending all the seminars and the residential.

Floreat access programme 2019 (photo: Stuart Bebb)

In all likelihood, I would not have applied to Oxford, let alone Balliol, had I not taken part in the Floreat access scheme. The programme allowed me to meet similar people from local schools, helping me to grow in confidence both academically and socially, and helped me to realise that applying to Oxford would be the best thing I could possibly do to pursue my love of History.’ — Gregory Brinkworth came to Balliol in 2016 to read for a BA History and graduated with a first class honours degree.

Collaborating with like-minded individuals has developed both my understanding of topics and confidence in expressing my ideas.’ Alex, 2021

Timetable for Floreat 2022

Required reading for Floreat seminars

Floreat participants are required to complete the reading for each subject below (for copyright reasons access to these files is restricted to participants only):

Deadline for Floreat applications: Sunday 28 November 2021, 5.00pm.

Balliol College Frontier Access Programme

This is a new science-based sustained contact programme which is open to year 12 students who attend state schools in the London borough of Brent, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. Like Floreat, this programme consists of a series of virtual academic seminars, for which students will have to prepare, beginning in Spring Term 2022 followed by a residential in August 2022.

This opportunity suits academically able students who are interested in studying a science programme at Oxbridge and who are keen to engage with academic ideas outside their school curriculum, ahead of applying to university the following year. 

Students will explore the two themes of Health and Improving the Environment with input from a range of science subjects. 

Timetable for Frontier 2022

Frontier participants are required to complete the reading for each subject below (for copyright reasons access to these files is restricted to participants only):

Biology — Cell disruption and Disease required reading

Chemistry — Accelerate Materials Discovery required reading

Drug Development required reading

Earth Science required reading

Earth Science pre-session task

Genetics ‑RNA required reading

Medical Ethics required reading (to be confirmed shortly)

Medical Physics required reading

Nanotechnology required reading

Neuroscience and Mental Health required reading

Silk Solutions to Green Energy and Biotechnology required reading

Further information

A virtual information evening for Floreat and our new science programme, Frontier, was held on 20 October 2021. See the Floreat and Frontier Presentation.