Information for Parents and Teachers

  • Brookes Engage is a fully funded Year 12 access programme open to young people from across Oxfordshire from backgrounds under-represented in higher education, studying in the first year of a Level 3 qualification (A Level, BTEC etc).The eighteen month-long programme is designed to support pupils to make a successful transition to university whilst also providing them with experiences that will develop skills and attributes that will be beneficial in the world of work.   

    Participants will take part in a range of activities over the course of the programme during monthly sessions, engaging with academic staff, students and local employers, as well as taking part in cultural and educational trips.  In addition to the monthly sessions, participants will undertake an independent academic assignment with the support of a university tutor, attend a week-long summer school, and receive one-to-one mentoring from an Oxford Brookes student.

    Brookes Engage students are also eligible to apply for the Oxford Brookes Community Scholarship which awards students with a payment of £1,000 in their first year. 

    At the end of the programme, participants should feel confident in making the next step in their education career, be that in work or at university.  The programme is completely free of charge to participants and bursaries for travel are available.   

    • Provide students with access to high-quality enrichment activities
    • Increase students’ awareness of HE opportunities, and sense of belonging within the University.
    • To improve participants’ confidence in academic skills and knowledge of the university application process.
    • Provide students with an understanding of industries they are interested in, with work shadowing, placements or contacts in those industries.
    • Create a peer group of like-minded students
    • Showcase the links between university courses and employability

    The programme will run from November 2017-July 2019. Dates will depend on the subject pathway chosen, as follows:

    Programme details:

    • Monthly sessions on a Wednesday between 4-7pm (see dates above)
    • On campus at Oxford Brookes University
    • 18 months long 
    • Residential summer school week in July 2018 
    • Participants will be given the option to be mentored by an Oxford Brookes student
    • Cultural trips and career focused experiences. 

    Cohort A

    • Social Sciences
    • History
    • Law

    Cohort B

    • Healthcare
    • Mathematics
    • Art and Design
    • Sport

    Applications for 2017-2019 are now open. Please download the correct application form for your group:

    To be eligible to apply for Brookes Engage pupils must meet all of the following criteria:

    • Be in the first year of a Level 3 qualification (A Levels or BTEC)
    • Be studying at an Oxfordshire non-selective state school or college
    • Have the potential to achieve 3 Cs at A Level / DMM BTEC (or equivalent)
    • Have 5 GCSEs A* - C including English and Maths (or expect to have 5 GCSEs including English and Maths by July 2016) 

    To be eligible to apply for Brookes Engage pupils also need to meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • You attend either Cheney School, St. Gregory the Great Catholic School, The Oxford Academy, Oxford Spires Academy, Wheatley Park School, Banbury Academy, North Oxfordshire Academy, Blessed George Napier, Bicester Community College, Activate Learning (City of Oxford, Banbury and Bicester Colleges), Abingdon and Witney College, Swindon College or New College.
    • Be eligible for free school meals
    • Have parent(s)/guardian(s) who did not attend university
    • Live in local authority care, or has lived in care
    • Is a young carer
    • Is disabled or has a specific learning difficulty
    • Is of black or minority ethnic origin