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.

Year 12 & 13 Theology Essay Competition and Study Day

Both the Study Day and Essay Competition are open to all UK students currently studying in Year 12 or 13 (or equivalent).

Theology Study Day 5th October 2019

Study days give pupils a taste of what it is like to live and study as an undergraduate at St John’s College and the University of Oxford. Participants will enjoy academic taster sessions, spend time with current undergraduate students and eat in the College dining hall.

The St John’s KS5 Theology Study Day will encourage pupils to engage with the continued significance of religious traditions, beliefs and practices in different social and cultural contexts. During academic sessions with College tutors, attendees will enjoy grappling with the historical, philosophical, literary and linguistic aspects of theology and religious studies.

Teachers can join in with any of the academic sessions and will have the opportunity to learn more about supporting their brightest pupils make well-founded applications to highly-selective universities.

The event is free for qualifying participants. The College is pleased to cover the costs of travel for participants who meet at least one of the following criteria:

a) are eligible for free school meals.

b) are/have been in local authority care. 

To register for the Theology Study Day, pupils should fill out the Pupil Registration Form and return to by Wednesday 2nd October.

Any teachers wishing to attend should fill out the Teacher Registration Form and return to by Wednesday 2nd October.

Theology Essay Competition

The competition is open to all UK students who are currently studying in Year 12 or 13. The competition is designed to provide students of any subject the opportunity to write an essay on a theological topic, whether or not they have studied e.g. Religious Studies at A-level.

The essay titles are chosen to take account of the research expertise at St John’s, and to encourage the widest possible approach to the investigation of theology and religion. The deadline for essay submissions is 2pm on Friday 28th September 2019.

Prizes of book tokens will be awarded for the best essays and all entrants will receive a certificate of entry. Entrants will also be invited to attend the study afternoon at St John’s College on Saturday 5th October 2019.

For further information please read our Essay Title Sheet and then fill in our Competition Cover Sheet as part of your competition application.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Theology Study Day 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