The Oxford Academic Network

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The Academic Course is part of a project delivered by the University of Oxford in partnership with Study Higher ( The project is aimed at supporting students with a strong academic record (A or B grade at GCSE) to develop skills to help them succeed at A-level and successfully apply to university.

Under the theme of “Being Human”, you will have the opportunity to explore the nature and history of humanity through a variety of subjects and disciplines. The course covers subjects as varied as archaeology, anthropology, philosophy, linguistics, languages and religious studies. Taught by Oxford Academics, the course will offer a diverse exploration of humanity’s past, present, and future.

In addition to academic topics, you will have the opportunity to build skills that will help you prepare for A Levels and beyond as you aspire to higher education. These include note taking, research methodology, and revision techniques.

The course is composed of 3 elements

  • A kick-off event in Oxford on 21st July, to meet the academics you will be working with and to get an introduction to what’s on offer.
  • Six seminars delivered in a blend of face to face and digital formats. 
  • A summer school at the end of August offering the opportunity to celebrate the completion of the course.  

Taking part in the Academic Course is completely free including your travel expenses.There will be some reading required of participants, but no additional work beyond the seminar activities will be needed.



We are looking for those hungry for new experiences and knowledge to take part. The Academic Course is open to up to 30 people in Year 12 attending state schools in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, and Swindon.

The project is funded by Study Higher who work specifically with students in years 9 to 13, who live in particular postcode areas, and who have the potential to progress to higher education in the future. Priority places will be given to these students.



We work with Study Higher Education Liaison Officers who are based in schools and colleges across the region to ensure that opportunities to attend are communicated clearly. Events will also be advertised here so keep checking back!

Applications should be made by midnight 15th June 2018, using the form at

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