Events for Sixth Formers

Open Days

These are the largest events for sixth formers at the university, and a chance to find out about all the colleges and departments. Find out more on our Open Days page.

Somerset, Devon and Cornwall Residential

Each year we hold a residential for state school year 12 students from Somerset, Devon, and Cornwall. The purpose of this event is to support students in preparing to apply to Oxford, including course choice, UCAS applications, personal statements, admissions tests, and interviews. It also gives students an opportunity to experience life in an Oxford college and meet our students, tutors and admissions staff.

As in previous years, we will be holding a residential for state school Year 12 students from Somerset, Devon, and Cornwall on the Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd July 2019. We will be offering 60 places for attendees this year, with 50 places prioritised for Devon & Cornwall & 10 for Somerset.

The residential runs from Monday lunch to Tuesday lunch and all events, meals and overnight accommodation during the residential are offered free of charge.

Provisional plan for the residential

Monday 1st July

  • From 12:00 – Arrival
  • 13:00 – Registration & lunch
  • 13:45 – Welcome, admissions talk, and Q&A with undergraduates
  • 15:00 – College tours & visits to other colleges
  • 16:30 – Personal Statement workshop
  • 17:00 – Sessions on interviews with tutors
  • 18:00 – Dinner
  • 19:00 – Evening activities

Tuesday 2nd July

  • 8:00 – Breakfast
  • 9:00 – Small group sessions to discuss applications/tours of departments & facilities
  • 12:00 – Lunch
  • 13:30 – Departure for those not staying for Open Days

If you wish to apply for the residential, please fill in the following application form:

Please note that, as part of your application, you must nominate a teacher who is familiar with your academic performance. We will get in touch with them to get their consent for your application and to confirm the details about your academic performance are correct. Applications close at 5pm on Friday 31st May.

Candidates will be informed of the outcome of their application in early June, and successful applicants must then return a parental consent form to confirm their place.

If over-subscribed, attendees will be selected based on academic & access criteria, and priority will also be given to students who have not been able to get a place on other residential access events (UNIQ summer schools & Downing College Cambridge’s South West residential).

Should attendees wish to stay on to the University Open Days on Wednesday 3rd July, we are also able to offer another night’s accommodation free of charge. Please see the booking form for more information about this.

Oxford and Cambridge Information Days for Year 12 Students

We run these during March/April each year in conjunction with Downing College in Cambridge, as well as a number of local schools and colleges in Devon and Cornwall which kindly host the events.  The Information Days provide an opportunity for Year 12 students from State Schools in the South-West to find out more about studying at and applying to Oxford and Cambridge, and include a series of talks and interactive sessions with admissions tutors, schools liaison staff and current undergraduate students from both universities.

Attendance is free of charge, but places must be booked in advance.

Dates and further details will be posted here in early 2019, and when booking goes live it will be through Downing College’s website.

Other Events in the South West

Our Outreach and Undergraduate Admissions Officer makes several other trips to Devon, Cornwall and Somerset over the year. Where possible, we encourage schools to work in partnership to host joint events, as this enables us to make the most of our limited time and resources. We would encourage year 12 students to attend our comprehensive Oxford and Cambridge Information Days where possible, and therefore would give priority to requests for year 12 events where students have been unable to attend other events, or where they are in conjunction with sessions for other year groups. If you would like to request an event at your school, please fill in the event request form.

Some of the available activities and workshops are as follows:

  • Application workshops for KS5 students (e.g. on personal statements, admissions tests and interviews)
  • ‘Oxford/Oxbridge Explained’ talks
  • Talks/workshops for younger year groups
  • Training sessions for staff on supporting applicants
  • Talks for parents

Visits from School Groups

Exeter welcomes visits from school groups, particularly those from our link regions. While visits to Exeter are primarily available for years 7 – 11 (as year 12 students have other opportunities to attend events in Oxford and the South-West), groups Year 12 students from Somerset are welcome to visit Exeter in lieu of the Oxford and Cambridge Information Days, and groups from Devon & Cornwall are also welcome when they are unable to attend the other events available.

Please see the Events for Years 7 – 11 page for details.

Subject-Specific Taster Days

Each year, Exeter College usually runs several Subject-Specific Taster Days, for Year 12 students who are interested in studying particular subject at A-Level.

To find out more about our Modern Languages Study Day on Wednesday 19th June 2019, please click here.

If we are not offering an event for the subject you are interested in, it’s likely that another college or department at the university may be doing so – you can find out what’s on by searching the university’s Outreach Events Calendar.

UNIQ Summer School

The UNIQ summer school is a programme of free summer schools at Oxford University, open to students in their first year of further education. It is organised centrally by the University, but involves tutors, students and resources from many of the Oxford colleges.

For more information, please go to

Oxford Pathways – For Years 12 and 13

Exeter supports the work of Oxford Pathways, which is an initiative coordinated by staff from various Oxford Colleges. These events aim to provide information, advice and guidance on higher education and Oxford to academically able students from non-selective state schools with little history of student progression to Oxford.

Pathways events are an excellent way of encountering Oxford for the first time, and students are encouraged to attend events in consecutive years, so that they may deepen their understanding of what universities in general (and Oxford in particular) have to offer.