St John's College Oxford
Study Days at St John's offer high-achieving Year 12 students at non-selective state schools 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. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to visit St John’s to see for yourself what we are able to offer to our undergraduate students, so if it would be difficult for you to afford travel to Oxford, we may be able to help with a contribution towards your travel expenses. The support available will depend on the distance travelled, based on the shortest route between your home postcode and St John’s College; for more information click here.

Upcoming study days at St John's

Maths Study Day: Thursday 5th March 2020

History Study Day: Tuesday 10th March 2020

Classics and Ancient History Essay Competition and Subject Exploration Afternoon: Thursday 23rd April 2020 (see below for application details)

Geography Study Day in Collaboration with Brasenose College: Wednesday 3rd June 2020 (details to follow)

Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Study Day: Saturday 6th June 2020

Modern Languages Study Day: Thursday 18th June 2020 (details to follow)

Classics and Ancient History Essay Competition and Subject Exploration Afternoon

The St. John’s College Classics and Ancient History Essay Competition will be running for the tenth time during the academic year 2019/20. 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 organisers 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 5th March 2020 and all entrants will also be invited to attend a Study Afternoon at St John’s College, Oxford on Thursday 23rd April 2020. 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.

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University-wide study days

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

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" 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