Students listen at an outreach event

Thinking about Oxford... for BAME Students

Now in its third year, our flagship Thinking About Oxford series invites state school students to learn about life at university, discuss studying at Oxford with members of staff and current students, and develop key skills they can use in an application to a top university like Oxford and Cambridge. This branch of the programme is open to Black and Minority Ethnic students in Year 11 and Year 12 at state schools across the UK.

Over the course of this programme, students will be given the skills to...

  • Explore top universities: In June, we will hold three introductory Teams meetings in which current staff and students at the University of Oxford will address key questions and concerns about university study. The first meeting will cover Life at a top university (Friday 10 June, 5 - 6pm), the second will cover BAME students at Oxford (Friday 17 June, 5 - 6pm), and the third will cover Subject choice and future careers (Friday 24 June, 5 - 6pm).
  • Understand the admissions process: At the end of June, students will receive a detailed guide to admissions for Oxford and Cambridge which will encourage them to consider their options, seek out resources to boost their aptitude for university study, and prepare for each step in the application process. They will then be invited to take part in an online admissions-focused seminar (Monday 27 June, 5 - 6pm) with a Q&A for any queries about applying to Oxford or Cambridge. Practical tips will also be provided in the seminar for those attending an Open Day at Oxford or Cambridge over the summer.
  • Prepare a great university application: At the end of August, students in Year 12 who intend to apply to Oxford can attend an Application Preparation Day to receive subject-specific guidance on compiling a UCAS form, submitting written work, completing an admissions test and attending a university interview. We hope to hold this event in person at Worcester College in Oxford.

As we are unfortunately unable to record the majority of these events, we anticipate that students who sign up to be part of these meetings will do their best to attend as many of the sessions as possible.

How do I take part?

Black and Minority Ethnic students in Year 11 or Year 12 at state schools anywhere in the UK are eligible to apply. Please fill in this application form to register your interest in Thinking About Oxford. Applications will close at 5pm on Monday 16 May; we will be in touch with all applicants via email soon after this date.

Though elements of this programme will be specific to Oxford, we aim to provide guidance which is relevant to all university applications, so please feel free to apply even if you don't know exactly what you'd like to study or where you'd like to go.

Please note that if the programme is oversubscribed, we will prioritise applications from students who attend non-selective schools or schools with little to no history of applying to highly selective universities. Students who are already enrolled on the Target Oxbridge access scheme may find this programme will cover many of the same topics. If you have any questions, do get in touch with us at

Where can I find more support for my application to university?

The application process for the University of Oxford is covered in detail on the university website. Worcester College has a number of other outreach programmes which are designed to help students make strong university applications – you can find them listed here.