Find out what we offer and how to book for a visit to St John's College here.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 public health situation, St John’s College events are now suspended until further notice. We will provide updated details here if and when the situation changes, but for now it should be assumed that no events will be going ahead unless explicitly stated otherwise. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time, and if you have any questions, please get in touch using the options below.

At St John’s, we can offer visiting non-selective state schools in our link regions a full day of talks, workshops and activities. We provide relevant material for all pupils in Years 9 – 13, from those with little to no experience of University or Oxford, to those looking to make a competitive application to University.

A typical visit to St John’s College will run from 10:30-15:30, including lunch in Hall, and will be planned in consultation with the school. Whilst there are staple items that are included in every visit, we want to provide the experience and knowledge that will be most beneficial to your school and your pupils. The day is split into morning and afternoon activities.

Morning Activities

These events will take place in the first half of the day, before lunch.MT19 access summary - visiting St John's

  • The Oxford Explained presentation: 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.
  • A Q&A with current undergraduate students at the college: This session will give your pupils the opportunity to ask our undergraduates any burning questions they have about any facet of university life and their application experiences.
  • A Critical Thinking Seminar: Designed to encourage pupils to engage in academic conversation, this seminar informally simulates interview-style conversation. With the help of student ambassadors, we facilitate challenging conversation in concentrated groups, discussing questions that your students pick themselves from a range of different courses offered at the university.
  • St John’s Tour: This guided tour leads pupils through the various quads and gardens of St John’s, showing them the accommodation, halls and rooms around the college.

Afternoon Activities

In addition to the above, we offer every school an Afternoon Activity. For this afternoon activity, you have a choice of one of the following:

Admissions Workshop

  • Suitable for Y12/13
  • Focuses on giving pupils the necessary tools for applying to Oxford, focusing on Personal Statements, Admissions tests and Interviews.

Museum Visit

  • Suitable for all age groups
  • Choose between a trip to the Natural Science Museum or the Pitt Rivers Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Object handling sessions can be provided on request

Academic Taster Session

  • Suitable for Y11/Y12
  • The class’s chance to get stuck in with an academic taster seminar in a subject of the teacher’s choice. Delivered by an academic from the college, this hour-long session will offer pupils an insight into what it would be like to study in the college environment.

Pre-GCSE Inspire Workshops

  • Suitable for Y9/10
  • These sessions, designed by academic professionals, are intended to give Y9s and Y10s a challenge in a specific field beyond the classroom. Using workshops prepared for the St John’s Inspire Programme, we offer the following topics (more to be added as the year goes by):
  1. Dynamic DNA
  2. Global Justice

Tour of a second college

  • Suitable for all age groups
  • In order to get a flavour of life at another college, the group would get a full tour and session with a second Oxford college.

How to book

If you would like to book a visit to St John’s College with your school, please see our inbound visit calendar here for available dates and activities. Once you have a date in mind, please email us at access@sjc.ox.ac.uk with the following details:

  • The date you would like to visit
  • How many pupils you would like to bring (max. 25), what year group are they and any specific timing requirements
  • A choice of three afternoon activities ranked in order of preference:
  1. Admissions Workshop
  2. Museum Visit
  3. Academic Taster Session
  4. Pre-GCSE Workshop
  5. Tour of a second college

If you would like to visit St John’s as an individual, please email our Admissions Officer, Sarah Jones, at admissions@sjc.ox.ac.uk to arrange a visit

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