Christ Church Horizons

Christ Church Horizons is a programme of sustained contact and academic enrichment offered to pupils in Year 12 from target state schools and colleges in our London link area, Barnet.


Through the Horizons programme we would like to:

•    Broaden the pupils’ academic experience
•    Enable them to explore beyond the school curriculum
•    Support pupils in developing the skills they will be needing to make strong university applications and later, at university
•    Encourage pupils to aim high and stretch themselves academically

What we are offering

A series of academic workshops, study skills, and information, advice and guidance sessions are offered after school, in Barnet.
The academic workshops will be given by Oxford tutors, junior research fellows and graduates, and will give pupils a taste of the teaching and research that take place at the University of Oxford.

The workshops will cover a wide range of academic subjects, from Oriental Studies to Astrophysics, Human Geography or Economics. Through their interactive format, the workshops will encourage reflection, flexibility of thought, scientific reasoning and critical thinking.

The academic workshops will be complemented by sessions offering information, advice, and guidance about studying at university and developing study skills. Topics will include:

•    How to explore beyond the school curriculum
•    Finance at university
•    Essay writing
•    Personal statements
•    How to give a presentation

At the end of the programme participants will be invited to spend a day in Christ Church, where they will have the opportunity to give a presentation on an academic topic of their choice, attend taster lectures, and will be able to meet with current undergraduates and tutors. 

What we are not offering

While we hope that the workshops will demystify studying at Oxford and will encourage pupils to consider applying to Oxford and to other Russell Group universities, the programme should not be mistaken for ‘coaching’ or providing a fast track to Oxford, nor does it offer support with school work or school exam preparation.

Feedback from participants

'I just wanted to say that the teachers were incredibly friendly and welcoming. As they were from a top university, I thought they would be strict or “colder” towards us, but it wasn’t like that at all. The teachers were extremely bubbly and cheerful, and that really made me feel at ease and also want to take part in the session more.' 

'I loved getting to meet the teachers and other students. I really enjoyed the activities we had to take part in. For example, the quiz and also guessing the types of clubs that there are in Oxford. I learned quite a few facts from the quiz and was quite impressed, and the amount of odd clubs in Oxford really made me recognise what an accepting place Oxford is, and its diversity in personalities also.' 

'I appreciate how it was a relaxed environment and the tutor was friendly. I was really worried about being picked on and forced to say something when I didn’t feel confident so I’m grateful the tutors are understanding that not everyone may be as deep and philosophical as others and there is no pressure to deliver a uni level analysis.' 

'I believe these sessions are a really good idea as it gives a chance to those who have limited knowledge about universities to really understand the process.' 

For more information

For further information on the Horizons programme please contact Dr Ana Hastoy, our Schools Liaison Officer, at

Applications for 2018 have now closed, but you are welcome to download a sample programme from the top right of this page.