Sixth Formers

Shadow an Oxford student

Target Schools runs an annual shadowing scheme for over 200 Year 12 students from the UK.

This is a great way for potential applicants to experience the Oxford teaching style and see what being an Oxford student is really like. The scheme is aimed at Year 12 students (16/17 years) who are thinking about applying to Oxford. Each student will be matched to an undergraduate studying a subject similar to the one that the student is interested in, and will then ‘shadow’ that undergraduate for half a day, going to their lectures, labs and tutorials. During the other half of the day, students will receive a tour of Oxford, talks on student life, a personal statement workshop as well as an interview training session.

Last year we had an amazing turnout and excellent feedback from those who took part in the scheme, so in 2015-2016 we hope to build on our success with an extended shadowing scheme in which we will aim to reach a wider range of students. Shadowing will now take place throughout the academic year.

If you’d like more information about getting your school involved please email

Applications for shadowing in 2016 are now open! Please fill in the form here and we’ll get in touch.

If you can’t take part in shadowing but would like to find out more about the application process and life as an Oxford student, please visit our Resources page.