Floreat Access Programme

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 Hertfordshire. The programme offers the opportunity to engage with Oxford-style humanities teaching, and 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.

This opportunity suits bright students who are interested in studying an arts/humanities programme at a top university (not necessarily Oxford); and who are keen to engage with academic ideas outside their school curriculum, ahead of applying to university the following year.

Please see below to learn more about Floreat and/or to apply for the programme.

If you have any questions about our Floreat programmes, or need help with an application, please email outreach@balliol.ox.ac.uk.

Applications for the Floreat access programmes 2017/2018 have now closed.

You can find the reading list for Floreat 2018 here. Here is the Floreat 2018 timetable.


The programme has run successfully for the previous three academic years with an average of 25 students taken each year from over 10 Hertfordshire schools. The programme is running again in Hertfordshire and due to its success it has expanded to include  40 students. It is open to any Year 12 student at a state school in Hertfordshire.

There was a public information evening for the Hertfordshire programme at Roundwood Park School in Harpenden, on Thursday  30th November 2017, 6:00 - 7:00 pm. You can find our launch poster here and the presentation that was delivered here. This year’s timetable is available here. Applications for Floreat: Hertfordshire have now closed.