Year 12 & 13 Inspire Programme

Welcome to the Inspire Programme for Year 12 & 13!

As the Inspire 12 & 13 programme enters its sixth year, we are excited to be making plans for the 2022-2023 programme launch!

Applications open on the 12th December 2022.

Inspire 12 & 13 is delivered primarily online and encourages pupils to stretch themselves academically, as well as supporting them to make competitive applications to top universities like Oxford. The programme offers pupils the opportunity to:

  • Explore their academic interests through taster lectures with top academics
  • Strengthen their university application
  • Receive advice and super-curricular opportunities
  • Build confidence in their academic abilities
  • Develop their skills to make a successful transition to university life

At the core of the programme are online Academic Taster Lectures developed and delivered by Oxford academics and interactive skills sessions on topics such as personal statements and managing your money at university. Pupils are provided with a choice of academic sessions in a range of subjects each month, allowing them to craft a bespoke programme of academic extension materials focused around their interests.

All pupils on Inspire 12 & 13 are also invited to attend a virtual summer school, which offers academic lectures, skills sessions and careers advice.

In addition, Inspire 12 & 13 pupils will also be invited to apply for competitive spaces to the following events which run independently of Inspire 12 & 13, including:

  • Residential summer schools at St John’s College which offer Year 12 pupils a taster of student life at the University of Oxford
  • Study Days and Subject Exploration Days which offer Year 12 pupils an in depth look at their subject, with a chance to meet tutors, students, and visit St John’s College.
  • The Inspire Research Project, where pupils will be guided in how to prepare and submit a research project proposal. Winning entries will be awarded book vouchers, and pupils will be invited to a research day at St John’s College.

Parents, carers and teachers of Inspire 12 & 13 pupils will be invited to attend online webinars designed to support their pupils. Topics will include ‘The University of Oxford’, ‘The Oxford Application Process’ and ‘Interviews’.

Our Inspire 13 applications are open!

Current Cohorts

Year 12

Our theme for the 2022-2023 Inspire programme is ‘Order in Our World’, through which pupils will explore how we structure our understanding of the word, and how order manifests outside of human control in unexpected ways, from a range of perspectives.

Inspire 12 & 13 pupils will have the opportunity to select subjects which are of direct interest and relevance to them, from Biochemistry to Ancient History and Psychology to Geography, allowing them to explore the synergies between the Sciences, Arts, and Humanities.

Inspire 12 & 13 is open to pupils currently in Year 12 attending non-selective state schools in the following regions: Brighton and Hove – Buckinghamshire – Ealing – East Sussex – Forest of Dean – Hampshire – Harrow – Hounslow – Kent – Kingston -upon-Thames – Medway – Portsmouth – Southampton – Surrey – The Isle of Wight – West Sussex

Year 13

The online Year 13 programme will focus on supporting pupils with their application to higher education. Resources will include academic taster sessions, skills sessions and revision strategies, to prepare pupils as they make the transition from school to higher education. This programme is designed to support pupils intending to study at any top university.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible for Inspire 12 & 13?

Inspire 12 & 13 is open to pupils currently in Year 12 attending non-selective state schools in the following regions: Brighton and Hove – Buckinghamshire – Ealing – East Sussex – Forest of Dean – Hampshire – Harrow – Hounslow – Kent – Kingston -upon-Thames – Medway – Portsmouth – Southampton – Surrey – The Isle of Wight – West Sussex

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2022-2023 Inspire Programme will go live on the 12th December 2022.

If you have any questions about the programme, you are welcome to email us at inspire@sjc.ox.ac.uk

Is there a cost?

All courses and events are free to qualifying pupils. 

Travel Awards and Digital Assistance Awards are available for eligible participants. For more information, follow this link.

What did previous year’s courses look like?

To get a taste of what we offer on this programme, view our 2021-22 Year 12 & 13 Inspire Programme timetable.