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 for other events in your region.

imageKS3 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 2019-2020 KS3 Learning Days, see this KS3 event page.

Subject Taster Days for Year 12 students

imageThese events at Balliol are for students in Year 12 who are giving serious consideration to applying to Oxford. The day typically involves academic sessions, and advice on the admissions process and interviews. During the 2020/21 Academic year we ran the following Taster Days:

  • Virtual Biology Taster Day
  • Virtual Chemistry Taster Day
  • Virtual Classics Taster Day
  • Virtual English Taster Day
  • Virtual History Taster Day
  • Virtual Medicine Taster Day
  • Virtual Law Events

Details of upcoming Taster Days for the 2021/22 academic year will be posted here in due course. 

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.

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.

Upcoming Virtual Oxbridge talks (covering admission arrangements for Oxford and Cambridge Universities):

Date: Wednesday 10 November 2021, 6.00pm-7.00pm

Application support

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

CPD for teachers

In conjunction with other colleges we are offer a number of CPD sessions. During the 2020/21 Academic year we ran the following sessions:

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

Details of upcoming CPD events for the 2021/22 academic year will be posted here in due course.

Other access events and programmes run by the University