At Christ Church, our ambition is that Oxford should be the home of choice for the brightest and most ambitious students from all backgrounds. We're excited to be working with St Anne’s College and Trinity College in the North East of England, where we offer Aim for Oxford – an access and outreach programme for Year 12s attending state schools in the region. Applications are now open!

We believe that a diverse student population is the best student population and that diversity in itself is a rich source of learning. This includes geographical range, and we are committed to increasing applications from students from areas that are currently underrepresented at Oxford. Aim for Oxford – a programme for ambitious sixth formers in the North East – is one of the ways that we will do this. 

Aim for Oxford offers up to 60 high-ability students the opportunity to participate in a programme designed to support them in their studies and to help them make competitive applications to Oxford. All events and activities will be offered free of charge.

In 2019–20, an impressive 37% of full programme participants who went on to apply to Oxford received an offer.

What is the programme?

Aim for Oxford offers the opportunity to explore subjects with university researchers, experience academic and social life at Oxford University, receive expert advice on how to apply, and be supported throughout the process.

The programme is completely free for Year 12 students attending state schools in the North East of England (Darlington, Durham, Gateshead, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside, Northumberland, Redcar and Cleveland, South Tyneside, Stockton on Tees and Sunderland).

Who is it for?

To make a successful application, your GCSE results should show strong academic potential (preference for grades 7/ 8/ 9)

We will also consider other criteria, including if at least one of these applies to you:

  • Your POLAR postcode score is 1 or 2
  • Your ACORN postcode score is 4 or 5
  • You have been eligible for free school meals
  • Your parents did not go to university
  • You are from an ethnic background that is underrepresented at Oxford
  • You have been, or currently are, in care
  • You are a young carer


The application deadline for the 2024 Year 12 programme has now passed, but applications will open again in October. 

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Learn more about Aim for Oxford

Jennifer Yee, Tutor in Modern Languages at Christ Church:

Christ Church is delighted to be collaborating closely with St Anne’s on the new Aim for Oxford programme and we are really keen to work with students in the North East and welcome them to residentials in Oxford. The sustained contact programme is a brilliant way to support young people in their aspirations and visiting Oxford will help them discover what a diverse and friendly place it really is.

Helen King, St Anne’s College Principal:

This ambitious and exciting new initiative will provide talented students from the North East with insights and the best possible support so that they can aim for Oxford. We are looking forward to working with schools, students, and the local community to open up the University, and reaching those students whose talent we are currently missing.

Samina Khan, Director, Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach:

Oxford wants to ensure that students from different backgrounds and regions are welcomed to Oxford. This programme will help to support students in the North East to feel Oxford is for them, and I’m looking forward to seeing more academically talented students from this region coming to study at the University.

You can read more about Aim for Oxford in our last programme brochure and our Aim for Oxford 2022–23 flyer.