The Oxford Brookes Summer School will give you the opportunity to discover what being a university student is all about, and delve into a subject area of your choice. Don’t worry if you’re not sure whether university is for you - summer schools provide the perfect opportunity to help you decide.
All activities are free and fully accessible via smartphone, tablet or laptop. We appreciate how much you’ve all got going on at the moment, so the Summer Schools are designed to provide as much flexibility as possible.
There will be some live sessions to welcome you to the Summer School, provide some social opportunities, and Q&A sessions, but lots of the activities will be available for you to access when it suits you!
The benefit of a virtual event is that we can design it to give you more choice over the activities you wish to take part in, to create your own bespoke experience and direct your own learning.
The deadline for applications has now passed. Information about the 2022 Summer School will be added to this page soon.
If you have any questions about the summer school, please get in touch with us at email@example.com
Monday 19th – Friday 30th July 2021
Fully virtual - all activities will be delivered online via the Brightside platform.
Session will include a mix of live sessions, as well as lots of activities for you to pick up in your own time. These will include subject sessions and content, personal statement drop ins, social activities (such as a live cookalong), groups chats, Q&As, and opportunities to virtually explore Oxford Brookes, Oxford city, and the surrounding area. There will be around two hours of content each day, but you’ll be able to access most of this in your own time.
Who’s it for?
Year 12 or First Year college students, from groups which are currently under represented in HE, who are interested in finding out more about life at University and exploring their chosen subject area in more detail.
- Help you to make an informed decision about whether university is right for you.
- Take a deep dive into a subject area of interest, with sessions which have been developed and delivered by Oxford Brookes Academics.
- Gain support with the process of applying to university.
- Understand more about student finance and budgeting for university.
- Talk to current students about their experience of university.
- Meet other like-minded students, and make new friends.
- Explore Oxford Brookes as a university, and Oxford as a city to study in.
To be eligible to apply for the summer school, you must meet all of the following criteria:
- Be in the first year of a two-year Level 3 qualification (e.g. A Levels, BTEC, or equivalent)
- Be studying at a non-selective state school or college in England
- Have 5 GCSEs A*-C/ 4-9, including English and Maths (or expect to have 5 GCSEs including English and Maths by July 2022)
You will also need to meet at least one of the following criteria:
- You live in local authority care, or have lived in care.
- You are a young carer (are under 18 and help to look after a relative with a disability, illness, mental health condition, or drug or alcohol problem).
- You have a disability or specific learning difficulty.
- You are of Black or minority ethnic origin
- Live in an area where progression to university is low. Find out whether this applies.
Instructions on how to use: Type your postcode in the search box. Check the box marked ‘MSOA (used to calculate POLAR4 and TUNDRA)’ Look at the box on the right hand side of the map under the ‘POLAR4’ measure. If the number here is Quintile 1 or 2, you are eligible.
- Live in an area of higher socio-economic disadvantage. Find out whether this applies.
Instructions on how to use: Type your postcode into the search box. Download the Excel spreadsheet generated. If the number in the column labelled ‘Index of Multiple Deprivation Decile’ is 1-4, you are eligible.
- You are currently eligible for free school meals, or sixth form bursary.
- You are a refugee or asylum seeker.