Sixth former FAQs

What are the Shadowing Days? 

Target Schools Shadowing Days offers sixth form students a unique opportunity to shadow a current undergraduate student at Oxford University, attending any lectures, labs, classes, or tutorials they have that day. This is also a great chance to speak one-on-one with a current student, and to ask them any questions you have about life at Oxford! After a free lunch and college tour, the afternoon session consists of a workshop aimed at debunking the myths of Oxford University, and more information on the application process.

When are the next shadowing days and how can I get involved?

Our next shadowing days will take place in Spring 2017. To register an interest, please fill out this form and we will get in touch!

Please feel free to e-mail us at or drop us a message on our Facebook page if you have any specific questions!

Who can apply?

Target Schools is aimed at sixth form students with an interest in studying at Oxford University and finding out more about it! We prioritise students from schools with little or no history of sending successful applicants to Oxbridge, and those who come from backgrounds with limited progression to higher education. We hope to provide information about Oxford University and the application process, and to ensure that anyone feels able to apply, regardless of school or family background.

Will I have to pay to attend the Shadowing Days?

Shadowing Days are always free. Lunch and everything else is provided by us, and we offer some travel grants: please see the application form for more information.

I’m interested in Oxford but no-one from my school has ever applied before. What should I do?

Apply!  If you’ve got a keen enthusiasm for your subject, an eagerness to learn, and a determination to work hard, you have as good a chance of getting in as anybody else. It is important to remember that you will be studying the same subject for at least 3 years: we strongly recommended that you are able to demonstrate a strong passion for your chosen course, as well as an ability to meet the necessary entry requirements.