Information for Teachers

If you are looking for our digital resources for schools, which contain resources that support the school curriculum, you can find this here: Digital resources for schools

NEW: Read about our University Admissions teacher CPD programme for teachers in state schools and colleges in the North East and Oxfordshire:

All Oxford colleges have signed up to a Common Framework on Admissions which means the same application process and criteria for each course, at every college. To help provide students with the right kind of support, we encourage teachers to sign up to our comprehensive e-guide , which helpfully includes information about all aspects of the application process and how you can support your students through each stage. You are most welcome to arrange for the Trinity access team to visit your school or for your school to visit Trinity.

We have put together a summary of the main events available to schools in our link regions of Oxfordshire and the North East through Trinity College and the rest of the University; you can download them here:

Trinity College Provision For Northeast Schools 2020

Trinity College Provision For Oxford Schools 2020

Teachers should be advised that the Access Team at Trinity College prioritise outreach engagement with schools, on the basis of specific needs related to lower rates of progression to higher education, Russell Group universities and the University of Oxford. We also prioritise engagement with under-represented and disadvantaged groups. If you or your school do not fall into these categories there is still plenty of advice and support available to you and your students here on this page and the University website. You are most welcome to contact us directly for more guidance on how to access that support.

Application Support and Information:

UCAS application deadline is the 15th October each year. If not before, most tests must also be registered for by this date. Any required sample written work must be submitted, usually by the end of October. Please check your specific subject area’s requirements. All interviews take place in December and offer decisions are confirmed in January. More detail about the timeline of the application process can be found here: timeline 

More information about the application process can be found on the University of Oxford website.

Regional Teacher Conferences:

Because the University recognises the key role that teachers and careers advisers play in encouraging students to consider their options and make informed decisions, we run regional teacher conferences . During conferences, we welcome the chance to talk with teachers and advisers about supporting your students through all aspects of considering, and applying to, Oxford. Sign up to attend the next conference in you region.

Teacher Summer Schools:

Oxford’s CPD accredited Teacher Summer School is a FREE two-day residential conference for teachers from state-funded schools and colleges in the UK. During the summer school, teachers receive detailed support and guidance about the Oxford admissions process, experience taster sessions for different academic subjects, and learn from mock interviews. It aims to support teachers to stretch and challenge their most able students, and equip them with the best possible advice and guidance on selective university admissions.

Check here for 2020 applications.

Teacher Support Sessions in Your School:

Because we understand that attending a conference or summer school might not always be possible, the Head of Access, Hannah Rolley, and the Teacher Engagement Officer, Richard Petty also run Teacher Support Sessions at a variety of different times in our link schools throughout the year (see dates here). In these sessions, we aim to provide up to date information and guidance relating to the Oxford application process and the purpose of each stage, for example the admissions tests and interviews. We offer guidance to teachers and other professionals about how they can best support their pupils in all higher education applications, as well as those who may have the potential to apply to Oxford. We also offer guidance relating to enrichment activities, that could help develop the skills and raising of attainment needed and associated with making a competitive application to university. We particularly welcome invitations from schools and teachers who have little experience of the University of Oxford or low pupil progression to the Russell Group or higher education in general. An example of what a teacher session might look like:

  • The Oxford application process.
  • The UCAS teacher reference – the essentials.
  • How to offer students guidance and feedback on the personal statement.
  • Relevant super-curricular activity, the EPQ & work experience.
  • The admissions tests and interview.
  • General Q&A for all teachers

These sessions can be planned for and around the needs and demands of the school day and as such could take place after the teaching day, during staff meetings or training days.

If you are from Oxfordshire, please contact Hannah or if you are from the Northeast please contact Richard directly to arrange for a teacher visit to your school.

Additional Support for Schools 

Careers Education:

The University of Oxford Careers Service are piloting a series of our successful programmes that we use with undergraduate students, in versions appropriate, usable, and effective for schools. The first programmes that have been tailored especially for schools are Litmus, The Student Consultancy for Schools, and Ignite. This initiative also extends to a specialised programme called Opportunity North which offers careers education support for state schools in the North East of England. Read more about each of these programmes and find out how you can get involved by clicking on the dedicated linked web pages below:


Targeted and personalised careers advice can be more effective with students and more efficient for staff; Litmus is a careers registration tool that asks students to define their frame of mind around their career and the specific industry sectors in which they are interested. Staff can then use these to arrange tailored careers events that fit with students’ current mindset and industry interests.

The Student Consultancy for Schools

The Student Consultancy for Schools is a structured programme designed to engage teams of pupils on real business issues with local organisations. Pupils who take part learn basic consulting skills including analysis, research, interviewing, presenting and report writing, as well as secondary skills of planning their time, taking part in a 12+ week project, working with the public and business people, and understanding how organisations work.

Ignite: Careers Confidence for Schools

Ignite is a programme of over 60 separate, age-specific lessons on assertiveness, confidence, networking, and marketing for Key Stages 3, 4, and 5. The programme is designed to be delivered by (e.g., PSHE) teachers within the existing curriculum, in 20, 30, 45, or 60 minute lessons.

Oxford Opportunity North

Opportunity North is an unprecedented programme offering maintained sector schools in the North of England a range of six Careers Education programmes, free of charge, which help to improve outcomes for students from Year 7 to Year 13.

The Oxford Careers Website 

Oxford University Careers website might be of particular interest to teachers interested in supporting student progression within their own school. On this website teachers can find information supporting and developing student knowledge and understanding of the different sector & occupation pathways , guidance on generating careers ideas and CV writing.

Trinity College strongly encourages all teachers to sign up to the eNewsletter to keep up to date with school events and other developments across the University and departments. We also encourage teachers to use the University teacher’s section on the website for advice, information and resources.

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