Finding out what makes student life at Oxford University so special

On Friday 14th September, a group of 30 year 11s and 12s visited the University of Oxford Open Day and were hosted by Brasenose College, Oxford. This is part of our Able, Interested and Motivated programme and ensures that students experience the Oxbridge system and have the aspiration to apply. One student attending the day writes:

After arriving in Oxford, we were taken into the beautiful Brasenose College. We were given a talk by Dr Simon Smith (Senior Tutor) about the developments and changes of the college over the last decade. The college’s Admissions Officer gave an insightful talk about university life and the admissions process, covering everything from A Levels to personal statements and interviews. Helpfully, we also heard from 2 students: a First Year Geography and a Third Year Physics student gave their experiences of applying and attending the university. Personally, my favourite part of the day was exploring the college, not only hearing the many tales of the Brasenose Giant and the nose-shaped knocker that gave the college its name but also the opportunity to appreciate the college system.

In the afternoon we split up to visit departments of the University that interested us, such as Biochemistry, English, Languages, Business and Medicine. This helped us to appreciate the vast range of subjects available to us after the Sixth Form. Additionally, we visited various other colleges to experience the different atmospheres and accommodation for students, including a personal tour from Mr Armstrong’s own college, St. Johns. The whole day was brilliant and gave great information on both the endless options of subjects, university life and the atmosphere and experience of Oxford.

Ella Shadbolt, Year 11


Brasenose College Sept 2018