Our Future Focus programme aims to provide regular informative and engaging activities to school students in KS3, KS4 and KS5, so that they make their post-16 and post-18 choices equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to fulfil their potential.

Take a look at our Access and Outreach Brochure, or see below for our suggested activities for each key stage, though these can be tailored to the needs of each school. 

We are inviting schools to book in-person visits for Michaelmas 2021, on the proviso that these may have to go ahead virtually if restrictions are in place nearer the time. Click here to find out more about our Covid Safety Measures for School Visits.

Please book your visit using the following link, which includes the option to book both in person and virtual visits depending on what works best for you and your students.


Activities for Schools

Y7-9 Oxplore Workshops: These in-school workshops offer an introduction to university and to university-style “big questions” using resources from Oxplore.org. We can come to you to deliver the workshop, or you can email us at access@some.ox.ac.uk and we’ll send you the lesson plan and worksheets for teachers to use.

Y10 Visit to Oxford: You and your students are guaranteed a fascinating glimpse into the real life of an Oxford college through these visits. Our academics are experts in capturing the imagination of young people through taster sessions on subjects ranging from the challenges of translating Harry Potter into French to the joys of studying the Ancient world or diving to the bottom of the ocean researching climate change. Your visit will also include a tour of the College buildings and a free lunch in our beautiful Dining Hall. These visits are offered free of charge to students from Year 7 upwards.

Y11 Making Post-16 Choices: Deciding where to go and what to do after your GCSEs has a big impact on which doors are available to young people later on. Our Post-16 Choices workshop, which includes exploring different university prospectuses, helps students understand and make an informed decision.

Y12 Visit to Oxford: This visit focuses on encouraging Year 12 students to think about applying to Oxford, and offers various activities to support this. These activities can include any of: information on the application process; an academic taster session in the college or at a subject faculty; a personal statements workshop; a student ambassador talk/Q&A; and more.

We also run subject-specific Study Days online for Year 12s – see this page for more details.

Y13 Application support: We can offer various talks and workshops in-school, in Somerville or online, including admissions tests guidance and university-wide Remote Interview Workshops

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Resources for Teachers and Students

As a member of the University of Oxford, Somerville is committed to enabling students and their teachers enrich their learning and prepare themselves as fully as possible for the challenges of higher education. As well as checking out our page of digital resources for students, you can use the following links to access a range of resources from the wider University, prepared for this purpose.

Resources for Students

Resources for Teachers

Teachers’ Newsletter

We regularly publish a Teachers’ Newsletter and mail it out to schools in our link regions. To receive the newsletter direct to your inbox and ensure you never miss a copy, please email access@some.ox.ac.uk

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