Floreat: A Balliol College Access Programme for Year 12 Students
Floreat is a year-long academic programme offered to Year 12 students from state schools in the London borough of Brent, Hertfordshire and Norfolk. 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 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.
(Please note that due to Covid 19 this programme, will be delivered virtually for the 2020-2021 cohort)
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.
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.
The Floreat programme has run successfully since 2015, with an average of 25 students taken each year from over 10 Hertfordshire schools. Due to its success it has now expanded to include 40 students.
‘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.
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