St John's College Oxford
Study Days at St John's offer high-achieving Year 12 students an opportunity to experience higher level study in their chosen subject.

Participants at our study 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 often issue some preparatory reading in advance of our study days which will then form the basis of the seminars.

Our study days 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 study days are free of charge, and include a free lunch at St John’s. Students must make their own travel arrangements to and from Oxford. Please note that we are not able to provide parking facilities so students are encouraged to travel to Oxford by public transport. St John’s is able to cover the travel expenses to and from the event for any student currently in receipt of free school meals or in the care of a local authority.

Classics Essay Competition and Study Afternoon, Thursday 25th April 2019

The St John’s College Classics and Ancient History Essay Competition will be running for the ninth time during the academic year 2018/19. The competition is open to all UK students currently studying in Year 12 (Lower Sixth) or equivalent, whether or not they are currently studying a Classical or Ancient subject. The competition gives students of any subjects an opportunity to write an essay on the classical world. The organizers are interested in providing an occasion for independent research, to encourage curiosity and reflection in those who have studied the ancient world before and those who have not. Essays must be submitted by Thursday 21st February and all entrants will also be invited to attend a Study Afternoon at St John’s College, Oxford on Thursday 25th April 2019. We are able to cover the travel expenses to the event for any students either in care or eligible for free school meals. There are no special academic requirements and no limit on the number of students from each school able to attend for this event; we encourage anyone interested in Classics or Ancient History to send in their essay submissions. For more information, please write to access@sjc.ox.ac.uk. For a report from last year’s competition, please see here.

Classics Essay Competition Flyer Image

Subject Exploration Day in History, Saturday 11th May 2019

St John's College is pleased to announce that it will be running a study day in History for Year 12 students from all schools on Saturday 11th May 2019. This is an exciting opportunity for any students considering pursuing a degree in History or related field. The day will include an introductory talk on the History course, a choice of four taster seminars led by current tutors and postgraduate students, a Q+A panel discussion, and a tour of St John's. For further information, please look at our flyer.

History Flyer

To apply, please complete an application form and return it to access@sjc.ox.ac.uk

Application deadline: Monday 22nd April 2019

State School Study Day in Mathematics, Saturday 18th May 2019

St John's College is excited to announce that it will be running a Mathematics Study Day for Year 12 students from state schools on Saturday 18 May 2019. The day will include academic taster sessions run by College tutors, an introduction on how to make a competitive application to a top university, an interview workshop, Q+A sessions and tours of St John's and the Mathematical Institute. For further information please take a look at our Maths Study Day Flyer.

Maths Study Day Flyer

To apply, please complete our application form and return it to access@sjc.ox.ac.uk

Application deadline: Monday 29th April 2019

State School Study Day in Geography, Tuesday 28th May 2019

St John’s and Brasenose will be running a study day for Year 12 state school students in Geography on Tuesday 28th May 2019. This is a great opportunity for prospective applicants to experience a day at Oxford, to attend a series of taster sessions, to meet and chat with current undergraduate students, and to receive up-to-date and relevant advice on how to prepare a competitive application to a course in Geography at university. The event is free to attend. For further information, have a look at our flyer.

Geography Flyer

To apply, please complete our application form and return it to access@sjc.ox.ac.uk

Application deadline: Monday 29th April 2019

Open Day in Anthropology, Saturday 1st June 2019

St John's College has partnered with the world-famous Pitt Rivers Museum to offer a unique opportunity for Year 12 students interested in studying Anthropology, or related field, at university. The day will be coordinated between the Museum and the College, and will be constituted of a variety of activities including a taster lecture and taster seminars led by tutors and researchers, object-handling sessions and behind the scenes at the Pitt Rivers. The day will culminate with a marketplace-style convention where students can meet current undergraduates, academic staff at the University, postgraduate students and researchers. For further information, please take a look at our flyer

Anthropology Flyer

To apply, please complete an application form and send to access@sjc.ox.ac.uk.

Application deadline: [extension] Friday 24th May 2019

State School Study Day in Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Saturday 8th June 2019

St John’s College will be running a study day for Year 12 state school students in Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. This is an exceptional opportunity for prospective applicants to meet current tutors and students at the University, to experience academic taster sessions and receive useful and up-to-date information on making a competitive application for a medical science degree at a top university. For further information please take a look at our State School Study Day in Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Flyer.

State School BioMed Study Day 2019 Flyer


To apply, please complete our application form and return it to access@sjc.ox.ac.uk.

Application deadline: Monday 20th May 2019.

State School Study Day in Modern Languages, Friday 14th June 2019

St John's is excited to be running a study day in Modern Languages for Year 12 students from state schools on Friday 14th June 2019. This is a brilliant opportunity for students interested in studying Modern Languages at university, and attendees will have the chance to choose their own language taster seminars from: French, Spanish, German and Beginners' German. The University of Oxford has one of the largest Modern Languages faculties in the UK and an impressive selection of ancient and modern languages to choose from. The day will include taster seminars, an introductory lecture on the course, a Q+A with current tutors and students and a tour of the college. For more information, please take a look at our flyer

Modern Languages Study Day Flyer

To apply, please complete our application form and return it to access@sjc.ox.ac.uk.

Application deadline: Monday 3rd June 2019.

Subject Exploration Day in English, Saturday 29th June 2019

St John's College is pleased to announce that it will be running a study day in English for Year 12 students from all schools on Saturday 29th June 2019. This is an exciting opportunity for any students considering pursuing a degree in English at university. The day will include an introductory talk, a series of taster seminars led by current tutors covering a range of time periods and genres, a Q+A panel discussion, and a tour of St John's. For more information, please take a look at our flyer.

English Study Day Flyer

To apply, please complete our application form and return it to access@sjc.ox.ac.uk

Application deadline: Friday 7th June 2019.


Study Days

Many other colleges and departments organise study days throughout the year. For a full-listing of events see Outreach Events.

" I enjoyed the day very much and would recommend others to try it! It was really fun meeting people who are as passionate about German as I am. I'm glad I had the chance to hear about what the Oxford students and professors/tutors had to say about their courses because it made the thought of studying there less daunting. " Year 12 participant on German Study Day in February 2016