Outreach Talks and Events

Balliol runs a number of programmes and events designed to widen access to the University of Oxford. Some are available only to schools in Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk (our link regions) and some are open to students from any school.

You may also find it useful to look at the East of England website and the University Outreach Events Calendar.

Online Admissions Test Workshops

These workshops are open to those who have already or are intending to submit an application to Oxford for 2023 entry and are required to take the relevant admissions test as part of that application.

Online Subject-Specific Interview Workshops

These workshops are open to those who have already or are intending to submit an application to Oxford for 2023 entry to read the course specified.

Floreat and Frontier Access Programmes for Year 12 students

Balliol offers two, year-long academic programmes, Floreat and Frontier. These programmes are for Year 12 students from state schools in the London borough of Brent, Hertfordshire and Norfolk. For details, please see the Access Programmes web page.

Subject Taster Days for Year 12 students

Each year, we run a range of Subject-specific Taster Days for year 12 students from state schools across the UK.

These days include academic sessions, a practical workshop and a demonstration of an Oxford interview in the relevant subject. There will also be a tour of Balliol College with a chance to meet and ask questions of current undergraduate students. In the 2021/2022 academic year we ran Taster Days for the following subjects:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • History
  • Medicine

Please check back on this page for upcoming information on Taster Days for the 2022/2023 academic year.

Oxford for East of England: Springboard

Our Springboard video collection, is intended for school pupils in Years 11, 12 and 13. Each video offers an introduction to a new topic, plus lots of activities and further resources to explore. When you click on a topic, we’ll ask you a few questions and then play the video you’ve chosen.

Public admissions talks

We give public presentations on applying to Oxbridge at schools in our link regions. These are suitable for all students, teachers and parents. If you are interested in hosting a public event at your school or college, please email: outreach@​balliol.​ox.​ac.​uk.

Virtual Oxbridge talks

These talks cover admission arrangements for Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

Email outreach@​balliol.​ox.​ac.​uk to speak to our outreach team about possibly booking an Oxbridge admissions talk at your school.

KS3 Learning Days for Year 7 and Year 8 students

These days are for able students from any state schools in Years 7 and 8, run in Oxford in conjunction with other colleges. The maximum number of students any school can bring is 15. For details of 20192020 KS3 Learning Days, see this KS3 event page.

Personal statement workshops

We provide personal statement workshops for year 12 students. Interested schools should email: outreach@​balliol.​ox.​ac.​uk.

CPD for teachers

Modular Arithmetic for Secondary Maths Teachers

Tuesday 21 June 2022, 4.005.30pm

Suitable for anyone who teaches secondary school maths. In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore patterns and structures arising in number theory. No prior experience of modular arithmetic necessary (equally, if you do know some already, there’ll still be more for you to explore!). 

This is based on a workshop delivered to groups of students. Dr Vicky Neale is happy to chat about her work and for you to adapt the ideas for use with your own students.

Deadline for booking Friday 17 June 2022.

Teacher CPD Booking form

Previous CPD sessions

During 2021 we ran the following sessions for teachers and advisors:

  • Admissions tests and written work
  • Interviews — what to expect and how to support applicants
  • Personal statements and teacher references
  • Super-curricular learning

Other access events and programmes

The following events and programmes are run by Oxford University:

  • University calendar of events for prospective applicants
  • UNIQ — Access programme for state school students from under-represented groups
  • Opportunity Oxford Opportunity Oxford is an academic bridging programme that helps to prepare talented UK offer-holders from under-represented backgrounds for successful student careers at our university.
  • Foundation Oxford — Our foundation year course is for UK state school students who have high academic potential, but have experienced severe personal disadvantage or disrupted education
  • Target Oxbridge — A free programme that aims to help Black African and Caribbean students and students of mixed race with Black African and Caribbean heritage increase their chances of getting into the Universities of Oxford or Cambridge.
  • Shadowing Undergraduates