Widening Participation Programme

OxFizz’s Widening Participation Programme works to close the access gap at the UK's top selective universities, including Oxford and Cambridge. Throughout the year our volunteers deliver high-quality, free university application support to students from non-traditional university backgrounds. 



We run workshops for Year 12 students to prepare them to make strong university applications in the following academic year. These workshops include:

  • Subject carousel day - students attend five talks across a range of subjects that are allocated according to their A-level subjects and personal interests. The aim of the day is to give students a better understanding of subjects they can apply for and what they need to do to make a strong application. You can read more about our most recent Subject carousel day here.

  • Application skills workshop - these talks focus on how best to approach writing personal statements and interview skills.

  • Admissions tests workshop - students get the opportunity to find out more about their appropriate subject-specific admissions test. Beyond a talk introducing the test and covering how to prepare, students will also work through practice questions with the subject host.



Students come to this event in the first term of Year13 to take a mock exam in their appropriate admissions test under timed conditions.

Individual feedback is provided for each script along with suggestions on how to improve and other relevant material if appropriate.

Last year we delivered over 100 hours of admission test practice across 13 different test papers. This year we're planning on expanding the support we offer 



We provide subject-specific mock interviews for Year 13 students in the months and week prior to their real interviews. 

All of our interviewers are graduates from Oxford, Cambridge and other top universities. They have gone through the interview process successfully themselves, and have been trained by use to give rigorous and realistic practice interviews, as well as detailed and constructive feedback to help students improved. 

These interviews are based both on seen material, like the students' personal statements or submitted work, and unseen material, texts or extracts or exercises the students have not come across before and have to work through in the interviews.