Discover Brookes Programme

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Applications for Discover Brookes are now open! The deadline for applications is Friday 12th November.

Please note this programme is designed for students who live outside of Oxfordshire and will benefit most from a hybrid learning environment. If you are a student living in Oxfordshire, please apply for our Brookes Engage programme for local students.

About Discover Brookes

Are you in your first year of sixth form or college? Do you want to discover more about your future educational options, and get a taste of what studying at Oxford Brookes University is like, all at a pace that suits you? If the answer is yes, the Discover Brookes programme is perfect for you!

Discover Brookes is a nationally reaching discovery programme perfect for anyone who wants to:

  • Explore a subject area that interests you! Virtual subject workshops will give you the chance to learn more about studying your chosen subject at Oxford Brookes University and get to know new people with similar interests to you from across the country including current students.
  • Take part from anywhere in England! Much of the program, including all of the subject workshops, mentoring, personal statement and interview support sessions will take place online so you can take part from anywhere! We also record all of the live workshops so you can take part in your own time and at your own pace.
  • Experience the campus! You’ll also receive a guaranteed place on the Oxford Brookes Summer School in July 2022 where you can experience life in a university flat and explore campus! You’ll also receive a special invite to the Open Day and Applicant Days.
  • Chat to current university students! A friendly team of current university students will work with you via mentoring and provide subject support during the virtual workshops. You can hear first hand from them what it’s like to attend Oxford Brookes University and study for a degree in your area of interest.
  • Strengthen your UCAS application! If you decide to apply to university, Discover Brookes will be a great thing to write about in your personal statement, as it shows your commitment to learn more beyond sixth form or college.
  • Earn a scholarship and contextual offer! Lastly, the programme will give you access to a contextual offer (which means the grade requirements will be lower), and a £1,000 scholarship if you decide to apply to Oxford Brookes!
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Virtual Taster Lectures

Not sure which subject to sign up for? Register to attend one of our Virtual Taster Lectures, where you’ll have chance to learn more about the subjects on offer.

Subject areas

Subject paths consist of 3x1 hour virtual subject workshops designed and led by University lecturers and current students. They are all online and are recorded, so you can take part when you can. You also have the option of submitting a final independent study project based on your own interests and what you learn over the course of the subject workshops.

The subjects on offer for 2021-23 are:

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Information for parents, carers and teachers

If you are interested in sharing this programme with your students, we have the following materials available:

  • Downloadable Google Slides - perfect for assemblies and adding to your own presentations. You can also contact us if you would like us to present this to your students! This free presentation will take about 15-20 minutes plus Q and A.
  • Downloadable Flyer - send straight home to students and families

Discover Brookes is a free sustained access programme, open to young people across England who are in their first year of a Level 3 qualification (e.g. A Levels, BTEC, or equivalent), and from backgrounds currently under-represented in higher education. Applications are open now, and the deadline for applying is Friday 12 November 2021.

The programme will run from December 2021 to August 2023, and is designed to support your students to make a successful transition to university by broadening their knowledge in a subject area of interest, and helping them to develop skills and attributes that will be beneficial to further study and in the world of work. All subject workshops will run virtually, allowing participants from across the country to take part with ease, with opportunities for students to visit campus at various points throughout the programme. Participants will take part in a range of activities over the course of the programme, including subject workshops, a summer school in July 2022, and online support, including 1:1 mentoring with a current university student. 

By the end of the programme, participants should feel confident about making decisions for their next step in their educational and career journey. Students who successfully complete the programme will also be rewarded with a contextual offer (an offer with lower grade requirements than would usually be made), and a £1,000 scholarship in their first year of study if they decide to apply for a full-time course at Oxford Brookes.

The programme is completely free of charge to participants; this will include students’ travel to campus, catering, and accommodation for overnight stays where opportunities to visit campus are provided.


  • Provide students with access to high-quality enrichment activities.
  • Increase students’ awareness of the opportunities of higher education, and their sense of belonging within a university.
  • Increase students’ confidence and resilience to support their successful transition to higher education.
  • Expand students’ subject knowledge to new contexts, and increase their capacity for higher level study skills.
  • Create a peer group of like-minded students, and allow them to gain an insight into student life through the experiences of current Oxford Brookes undergraduates.
  • Showcase the links between university courses and employability.

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