Attendees stay in undergraduate accommodation, eat in the college hall and attend lectures, seminars and labs covering a variety of sciences. All attendees attend a tutorial (special small group teaching session) and have a chance to quiz current undergraduates about what college life is really like. The event also offers an opportunity for students to receive advice on how to make a competitive application to Oxbridge, how to write a great personal statement and how to prepare for a university interview.
In 2019, the event is scheduled to take place Tuesday 9th April to Friday 12th April 2019. You can find more information about the 2018 event here.
Applications are welcomed from Year 12s studying sciences at state schools in Cumbria, Lancashire, Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen. If you're unsure if your school is in the right area, you can contact us to check. Applicants should be on track to achieve at least AAA in their A levels or 38-40 points in the IB, with 6s and 7s in the higher-level subjects and should be considering applying to Oxford or Cambridge. Your teacher must submit a statement of support alongside your application, detailing why they think you should receive a place.
Applications usually open in January and close on 15th February each year. Teachers should submit their supporting statements by email. Once applications open, you will be able to find the application form on this page.
Applicants will be notified of the outcomes of their applications by email. Consent forms and information packs will be sent by email to successful applicants - forms will need to be completed and returned to confirm your place.
If a large number of applications are received, applicants' grades and teachers' support statements are considered alongside other criteria, with priority given to those who will be the first in their families to go to university, are receiving or have received Free School Meals, are or have been in care, or whose parents are in receipt of a means tested benefit. We will also consider whether students live in areas with high levels of socio-economic deprivation and/or in areas with low rates of progression to higher education.