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 a cultural and educational trips.  In addition to the monthly sessions, students will attend a summer conference in August 2019 and will be matched with a residential summer school either at Brookes or another University. Students will also be offered the opportunity to have one-to-one mentoring from an Oxford Brookes student. 

    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 travel costs can be covered.

    • Provide students with access to high-quality enrichment activities
    • Increase students’ awareness of HE opportunities, and sense of belonging within a 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 December 2018-July 2020. Dates will depend on the subject pathway chosen, as follows:

    Programme details:

    • Monthly sessions on a Wednesday between 4-7pm, including free dinner (see dates above)
    • On campus at Oxford Brookes University
    • 18 months long 
    • Summer conference in August 2019
    • Participants will be assisted in being matched with a residential summer school either at Brookes or another university
    • 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
    • Accounting, Finance and Economics

    Cohort B

    • Healthcare
    • Biology
    • Architecture
    • Computer Science

    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/ 4-9 including English and Maths (or expect to have 5 GCSEs including English and Maths by July 2019) 

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

    • 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 
      Priority will also be given to those students who attend our partnership schools and colleges.