Outreach Talks and Events

Balliol runs a number of programmes and events designed to widen access to the University of Oxford To find out which Oxford college is responsible for outreach in your region, please click here.

You may also find it useful to look at the East of England website, the University Outreach Events Calendar and Oxford’s Astrophoria Foundation Year Programme,.

Year 12 Try Before You Buy Days

Balliol College will be hosting a number of days offering the chance for prospective applicants in year 12 at UK state schools to experience Oxford University style teaching in their desired subject.

Who are they for?

Serious applicants in year 12 at UK state schools and studying the appropriate qualifications to apply to study at Oxford.

What will the day involve?

Each day will include an Oxford University style tutorial in your named subject, a guided tour of Balliol College from a current undergraduate student and a talk covering student life at Oxford and the undergraduate admissions process.

Lunch will be provided free of charge in the Balliol Hall. There is no charge for these events.

How can I apply?

If we are offering a day that includes the course you wish to apply for, you can apply by completing the relevant form below:

Please note, some subjects tutorials will be repeated on different days. This is to allow for more prospective applicants to experience this opportunity in subjects which are in high demand.

Please do not apply for multiple days.

Thursday 23 May 2024: — Applications for this event have now closed.

Wednesday 29 May 2024: - Applications for this event have now closed.

Thursday 30 May 2024: — Applications for this event have now closed.

Thursday 20 June 2024: - Applications for this event have now closed.

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.

Places at these events are limited so we will prioritise those applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds or from groups with a history of lower progression to higher education.

In 2024 we are running the following Taster Days:

  • ChemistryWednesday 10 April, applications for this event are now closed.
  • Modern LanguagesMonday 3 June, applications for this event are now closed.
  • Biology - Tuesday 4 June, applications for this event are now closed.
  • History — Wednesday 5 June, applications for this event are now closed.
  • Physics & Philosophy — Tuesday 11 June, the application deadline is 5pm on Friday 17 May.
  • Engineering Science — Wednesday 12 June, the application deadline is 5pm on Friday 17 May.
  • English — Thursday 13 June, the application deadline is 5pm on Friday 17 May.

Service Children — Online Briefing

In partnership with the Oxford University History Faculty, our Outreach Assistant, Jack (a former soldier himself) offered an online talk aimed at supporting young people with one or more parent serving in the armed forces. The talk covered post-16 pathways available to service children (including T‑Levels, apprenticeships, and university) to help them make an informed choice about their future.

We also hope that this talk will empower serving parents and carers to confidently support their children by giving an insight into areas such as student finance, A‑Level choice and the different stages of a university application.

The talk was recorded and will be listed here once the recording is ready for distribution.

Fibonacci, Floreat and Frontier Access Programmes for Year 12 Students

Balliol offers three, year long academic programmes: Floreat, Frontier and Fibonacci. These programmes are open to Year 12 students from state schools across the UK. These programmes begin in the spring and our 2024 programmes are now fully subscribed. For details, please see the Access Programmes web page.

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 will ask you a few questions and then play the video of your choice.

Public admissions talks

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

KS3 Learning Days for Year 7 and Year 8 students

We will be announcing plans to refresh and enhance our KS3 offering in January 2024.

Personal statement workshops

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

CPD for teachers

CPD sessions

Balliol is now offering bespoke CPD for teachers of Biology, Chemistry and Physics who work in state schools. This will be provided in the form of one-hour online sessions which will take place at mutually agreed times. There is no cost for this provision. Teachers who are interested should complete this form.

Other access events and programmes

The following events and programmes are run by Oxford University:

  • University calendar of events to support prospective applicants.
  • UNIQ - Access programme for state school students from under-represented groups.
  • Opportunity Oxford — An academic bridging programme that helps to prepare talented UK offer holders from under-represented backgrounds for successful student careers at our university.
  • Target Oxbridge - A 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.
  • The Astrophoria Foundation Year Programme — A one-year foundation programme for UK state school students with significant academic potential, who have experienced severe personal disadvantage or a disrupted education which has resulted in them being unable to apply directly for an Oxford undergraduate degree programme. Our foundation year is free for students, including tuition, term-time accommodation in one of Oxford’s colleges, and travel to and from Oxford at the start and end of each term. You will also get a non-repayable bursary for you to cover your living expenses.