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  • Brookes Engage

    Brookes Engage is an exciting programme of free activities and events designed to help you learn more about university, and prepare for your future career.

    Besides having lots of fun and making some new friends, you'll gain a lot of skills which will really help to give you the leading edge when it comes to applying for university and for jobs.

    Applications for 2019-2021 are now closed. Applications for 2020-2022 will open in September 2020.

    Subject pathways in 2019-2021

    Cohort A

    • Social Sciences
    • History and Criminology
    • English and Languages

    Cohort A consent form

    Cohort B 

    • Biology
    • Business and Management

    Cohort B consent form

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  • Brookes Engage is an 18 month long programme of regular activities and events designed to support you to make a successful transition to university, or the world of work by giving you experiences and skills that will be beneficial to both.

    In 2019-2021 Brookes Engage is running the pathways in the following subject areas:

    Cohort A

    • Social Sciences
    • History and Criminology
    • English and Languages
    • Business and Management

    Cohort B

    • Sport
    • Art and Design
    • Biology

    The programme involves attending monthly workshops that will take place on campus at Oxford Brookes University. You will take part in academic workshops, plus general training workshops on topics that include: choosing the right university and course for you, what life as a student is really like, study skills for university and interview and networking skills. All sessions have the aim of supporting you to become an independent and assertive learner.

    We also run various cultural trips throughout the year. All students taking part in the programme are guarunteed a place on one of our Discover Brookes summer schools should they wish to apply.


    You will also be given the opportunity to be mentored by an Oxford Brookes student to support you throughout the programme.

    Brookes Engage will run from December 2019 – July 2021. Dates will depend on the subject pathway chosen.

    Sessions will take place once a month, generally on Wednesdays. In addition to the monthly sessions there may be occasional events in the day, and some in the evening.

    The Brookes Engage programme will help you work out what it is you want to do and what you need to do to get there. You will spend time in an academic environment improving your confidence and your ability to learn, and you will take part in a range of extra-curricular activities that will be beneficial for both university and work applications. You will also make friends and have fun!

    Brookes Engage students who complete the programme and go on to enrol at Oxford Brookes will be eligible to apply for a bursary of £1,000 in their first year, as part of a package of on-course support

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

    • You are in your first year of a Level 3 qualification (A Levels or BTEC)
    • You are studying at an Oxfordshire non-selective state school or college
    • You have the potential to achieve 3 Cs in your A Levels / DMM in your BTEC (or equivalent)
    • You have 5 GCSEs A* - C/ 4-9 including English and Maths (or you expect to have 5 GCSEs including English and Maths by July 2019)

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

    • You are eligible for free school meals
    • You live in local authority care, or you have lived in care
    • You are a young carer
    • You are disabled or have a specific learning difficulty
    • You are of black or minority ethnic origin.
    • You have official refugee status in the UK, or are you an asylum seeker.
    • You live in an area where progression to university is low. To find out whether this applies to you, please visit  www.officeforstudents.org.uk/data-and-analysis/postcode-search/ 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  

      Priority will also be given to students who attend one of our partnership schools and colleges.