If you can't come and visit us in person, why try our DIY visit?

Even if you’re not able to visit St John’s in-person, or attend one of our virtual outreach sessions, you can still access much of our support independently. The Access & Admissions team have created a set of videos introducing student life at the university and offering guidance on the application process and admissions tests. This is aimed at current Year 12 and 13 students.

We’ve broken this DIY visit into four simple stages. 

Stage 1: Oxford Explained

This talk focuses on introducing pupils to the University of Oxford, the courses and societies it has to offer and the application process. It includes information on financial support available at the university, the practicalities of picking a course and a college, and illustrates practical ways in which pupils can engage with their subjects outside the classroom.

You can check the University of Oxford admissions tests information here, for up to date information. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions about these dates, please email access@sjc.ox.ac.uk, and we will be happy to help.

Please find a list of the Oxford Admissions Tests, and links to these pages, below:

Stage 2: Admissions Test – why and how?

Why does Oxford use admissions tests? When do I have to register by and when do I take the test? You can find all the answers in this video that deals with test requirements, how to register, how to prepare and much more. There’s also a section on what to do if you encounter any problems.

Key Dates

If you are applying to either Oxford or Cambridge Universities, the deadline for submitting your UCAS Application form is 6pm on the 15th October.

To check dates for test registration and completion, please see here.

Invitations to interview are normally sent out between late November and early December.

Offers are normally sent out in mid-January.

Stage 3: Explore St John’s

The best way to get a flavour of St John's virtually is to watch our College video:

There are two more ways you can explore our facilities here at St John’s.

Click here to explore an interactive map of the College.

You can also explore our quads, old library and chapel here

Stage 4: Explore Further

Digital Prospectus

Browse the University of Oxford’s first digital prospectus.

Inspire Digital

Our online resource platform for secondary school pupils. Inspire Digital is an interactive resource, with new material, hints and solutions to the questions posted on a regular basis.

St John’s College Super-curricular Resources

Students are welcome to browse our extensive range of super-curricular resources and programmes.


Oxplore is an engaging digital resource from the University of Oxford. As the ‘Home of Big Questions’, it aims to challenge those from 11 to 18 years with debates and ideas that go beyond what is covered in the classroom. Big questions tackle complex ideas across a wide range of subjects and reflect the kind of critical thinking students undertake at university.

Springboard Videos

Discover your new favourite topic with our Springboard videos, bringing you cutting-edge research from Oxford’s graduate students on topics from climate change and colonialism to microbiomes and mathematical logic. These videos are intended for school pupils in Years 11, 12 and 13. Each offers an introduction to a new topic, plus lots of activities and further resources to explore.

Virtual Tour of Oxford

An excellent resource created by the Chemistry department where students who are unable to visit Oxford can get familiar with the ins and outs of the city and colleges.

More outreach events

See how else Oxford can support can support your application by looking at the Oxford Outreach Calendar. 


For further information, or if you have any specific questions about St John’s College, admissions or welfare and disability support the college offers please use the contacts listed below:

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