UNIQ Programme for UK Students to study at Oxford University, 2018

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UNIQ began in 2010 as a summer school with the aim of raising the aspirations of students studying at UK state schools and colleges regarding their higher education choices. From 2018 UNIQ, through its range of summer schools, residential conference and digital learning platform, will help 1,900 students each year to make informed decisions about higher education and make competitive applications to Oxford.

UNIQ is open to students studying in their first year of further education and who are based at UK state schools/colleges. Students make a single application between December and January and can be selected to participate in one of three activities. In all of our activities we aim to give students a realistic view of Oxford student life. On UNIQ Spring or Summer participants live in an Oxford college/annexe and attend lectures and seminars in their chosen area, and workshops about applying to Oxford.

As a participant on any of our activities you will:

  • Gain confidence in your own abilities; communicating with other people and talking about your subject.
  • Receive current advice on all aspects of Oxford admissions.
  • Speak with current Oxford University students and UNIQ participants with similar interests.
  • Gain the tools to submit strong applications to competitive courses and universities.
  • Have the chance to work through admissions test questions and prepare for interviews.


  • Since UNIQ is an access programme, preference is given to applicants from low socio-economic status backgrounds and/or from areas with low progression to higher education. Therefore, an unsuccessful application to UNIQ does not reflect an applicant’s likelihood of being successful in an application for undergraduate study at the University of Oxford.
  • Applications are only open to students currently in their first year of A-Levels (or equivalent) at UK* state schools/colleges/sixth forms/academies. We do not accept applications from students at private schools (including students holding scholarship places).
  • UNIQ welcomes applications from disabled students and makes reasonable adjustments to facilitate their access to the summer school. Admission is based solely on the individual merits of each candidate.
  • You must be a UK resident settled in the UK at the time of applying to UNIQ with no restrictions on the period for which you may stay in the UK. You must have been resident in the UK from October 2016, and this residence should not have been wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education during any part of it.

To make an application for 2018 you will need:

  • At least six GCSE/National 5 (or equivalent) grades
  • A statement (max 1800 characters) detailing interest in your chosen course and motivation to attend UNIQ
  • School Information (Current UK state school and a past school)
  • Your current A-level (or equivalent) courses
  • Contact details of a current teacher referee

Application Deadline: 31 January, 2018


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