Aim for Oxford

We are launching a new University access scheme for young people in the North East of England in partnership with Christ Church.

Aim for Oxford is a two-year-long programme, which will support up to forty high-achieving state school students from the beginning of Year 12, through to making strong applications for, and then arriving at, Oxford.


What is the programme?

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.

Aim for Oxford is a new, free programme 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 the second cohort are now open and will close on 11th October 2020, with teacher references due by 31st  October 2020.

We aim to contact all applicants with the outcome by the 13th November 2020.

Participants will attend academic enrichment, information and guidance sessions hosted at Newcastle Sixth Form College across four dates between January and April 2020, followed by a four-night summer school at Oxford University (17-21 August 2020, 15-20th August 2021 proposed). Participants who decide to make applications to Oxford will progress to the Year 13 programme (September 2021 onwards for the second cohort).


Year 12 Applications for Aim for Oxford 2020-21 are now open.

Please complete the application form here by the 11th October 2020. 

Please direct any queries to

See our privacy statement for applicants here .

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

Your parents did not go 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