Shadowing Days

Shadowing Days

Target Schools run a shadowing scheme for over 200 Year 12 students each year. This is a great way for potential applicants to experience the Oxford teaching style and see what being an Oxford student is really like.

Shadowing Days are aimed at Year 12 students (16/17 years old) who are thinking about applying to Oxford from a state school with little or no history of sending successful applicants to Oxbridge, and those who come from backgrounds with limited progression to higher education. 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 the morning, going to their lectures and tutorials. During the afternoon, students will receive lunch and a tour in an Oxford college, as well as an application workshop. This is all completely free. We can also offer a limited number of travel grants to those who would be otherwise unable to afford to make the journey.

Oxford Students

 If you are a current Oxford Undergraduate and would like to be a Target Schools shadow volunteer it's really easy to sign up.

Firstly you need to complete our online Shadowing Days training. This will explain how a typical Shadowing Day operates and will equip you with all the safeguarding information you will need. Once you have been trained we will automatically add you to the volunteers mail list where you can sign up for a Shadowing Day.

Go to Training Module

Sixth Formers

If you are considering applying for Oxbridge but maybe no one you know has gone there before, or you'd be one of the first from your school to go, or you feel you aren't the 'type of person' who would go to Oxbridge then we want you to come to a Shadowing Day.

We will match you up with a current Oxford Student doing the the course you are interested in. They will meet you in Oxford and take you for a day in their life, you'll attend lectures, see the city, and maybe even go to an Oxford tutorial. For lunch you will eat in the hall of an Oxford College with the other Sixth Formers and we'll finish the day off with a workshop on dispelling the myths and misconceptions of what Oxbridge is really like.

The Shadowing Day is completely free with the lunch included. We also have a small pot of money to assist with travel cost to Oxford for those who need it.

We are really looking forward to meeting you!

Upcoming Shadowing Days

Please note that the dates and information below is currently out of date. We are working to update this as soon as possible. For now, please ignore the table below.

As things stand, we are running virtual shadowing evenings, to be held from 5:30pm - 6:30pm via Zoom on the below dates: - Tuesday 16th February (for students interested in Humanities & Social Sciences) - Thursday 18th February (for students interested in MPLS - Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences & Medical Sciences)

Please visit Target Schools | Linktree to sign up.


Term   Applications Open Applications Close Shadowing Day
(First Term) Michaelmas Term 2020 Cancelled 28/09/2020 12/10/2020 03/11/2020
  Cancelled 06/10/2020 20/10/2020 11/11/2020
  Cancelled 14/10/2020 28/10/2020 19/11/2020
  Cancelled 22/10/2020 05/11/2020 27/11/2020
(Second Term) Hilary Term 2021 Cancelled 14/12/2020 18/01/2021 09/02/2021
  Cancelled 12/01/2021 26/01/2021 17/02/2021
  Cancelled 20/01/2021 03/02/2021 25/02/2021
  Cancelled 28/01/2021 11/02/2021 05/03/2021
(Third Term) Trinity Term 2021   22/03/2021 26/04/2021 18/05/2021
    20/04/2021 04/05/2021 26/05/2021
    28/04/2021 12/05/2021 03/06/2021
    06/05/2021 20/05/2021 11/06/2021