In addition to our Study Days, we also offer Subject Exploration Days in certain subjects, which are open to applications from both state and independent schools.

Participants at our Subject Exploration Days attend talks and workshops led by tutors, find out more about the course at Oxford and what tutors are looking for, and meet current St John's students. We offer both in-person events and virtual events. We often issue some preparatory reading in advance of our Subject Exploration Days which will then form the basis of the seminars.

Our Subject Exploration Days (both in-person and virtual) are often oversubscribed and selection is based on academic merit, using GCSE or National 5 performance. Participants must be predicted to achieve at least AAA at A level or AAAAB/AAAAA in Scottish Highers (or equivalent). Where candidates from the Scottish system can offer Advanced Highers we would expect AA (for two subjects) or AAB (for three subjects). Places are generally limited to two per school/college, although larger establishments may be offered more places.

All Subject Exploration Days are free of charge.

In-person Subject Exploration Days

In-person Subject Exploration Days include a free lunch at St John’s. Pupils must make their own travel arrangements to and from Oxford. Please note that we are not able to provide parking facilities so pupils are encouraged to travel to Oxford by public transport

We want to make it as easy as possible for you to attend our event. If you are travelling to one of our Subject Exploration Days in College we may be able to help with a contribution towards your travel expenses. The support available for travel will depend on the distance travelled, based on the shortest route between your home postcode and St John’s College.

Click here for information on our Travel Awards

Virtual Subject Exploration Days

If you are attending a virtual Subject Exploration Day from your home working space we may be able to help by providing item(s) to support effective digital working. There are a range of digital support items available, and the item(s) you receive will depend on your personal requirements to work effectively from home.

Click here for information on our Digital Assistance Awards

Subject Exploration Days 2021/22

Subject Exploration Days Gallery