Aim for Oxford

Aim for Oxford is a University access scheme for young people in the North East of England organised by Oxford for North East (Christ Church, St Anne's and Trinity Colleges)

Aim for Oxford is a two-year-long programme, which supports over 50 high-achieving state school students from the beginning of Year 12, through making strong applications for, and then arriving at, Oxford.
From our 2019-20 cohort, 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).

Applications for our fourth cohort (starting January 2024) closed on 10th November 2023. We will update this page when applications are open for the next intake.

We expect to hold a series of four academic enrichment, information and guidance sessions across four Saturdays between January and April 2024, followed by a four-night summer school at Oxford University (Monday 19th – Friday 23rd August 2024).

Participants who decide to make applications to Oxford will progress to the Year 13 programme (September 2024 onwards).


Year 12 Applications for Aim for Oxford 2023-24 are now closed.

Please direct any queries to or

See our privacy statement for applicants here.

Students in 2021-22 came from across the North East

Interested in applying?

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

We will also take into account 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

Free School Meals

You have been eligible for free school meals

First Generation

Neither of your parents went to university


You are from an ethnic minority background which is underrepresented at Oxford

In Care

You have been, or currently are, in care

Young Carer

You are a young carer

View our brochure and student flyer to find out more