OxBright:
Go Beyond Grades

Live and on-demand subject specific support for 15-18 year olds who want to maximise their chances of getting into their dream university

In a world in which so many pupils have good grades, how do you get to the next level and truly stand out from the crowd?

OxBright increases your chances of getting into your dream university by taking you beyond the school curriculum, stretching your subject ability and helping you to stand out in your future university applications.

OxBright

How it works

  • OxBright is an academic club dedicated to your subject
  • It’s led by your Mentor – a subject expert undergraduate or graduate from a leading university who has been in your shoes
  • Along with your fellow students, you’ll meet with your Mentor once a week in a subject-specific Tutorial
  • Outside of the weekly Tutorial, you’ll also benefit from blogs, vlogs, podcasts, book clubs and more!
  • You’ll be part of a community of supportive students who hail from all over the globe, united in their passion to excel in your subject
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Take your learning to the next level

Expand your subject knowledge as you discuss topics you don’t cover at school, get your questions answered and gain insights into skills top universities value most.

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Stand out from the crowd

Demonstrate your intellectual curiosity and passion for the subject so that you stand out from the crowd when the time comes to apply to university.

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Increase your confidence

Turbocharge your confidence as you get used to thinking about and discussing your subject, supported by your expert Mentor and your fellow students. 

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Get into your dream university

OxBright gives you knowledge, skills and confidence, increasing your chances of fulfilling your potential when the time comes to apply to university.

Subjects offered

OxBright offers subject-specialist support across a variety of subjects. Click on a subject to discover more.

Ages 15-18

OxBright Law
I’m really enjoying being on the OxBright Law programme, and I am lucky to be part of a group of such supportive, inclusive young thinkers.

I’m exposed to different areas of the law through OxBright, as well as relevant legal current events happening elsewhere that I would’ve never learnt about otherwise.

Our Law Mentor, Caterina, is super friendly and approachable. She knows how to instigate discussions and conversations, forcing us to consider alternate viewpoints even when we might be too scared of controversy. I also really like the news section at the beginning of each session because everyone is so international and brings something different to the table.

Chloe, Hong Kong

Glasgow University

Go Beyond the Curriculum

Research shows that universities are looking for students who show initiative to go beyond the curriculum and can demonstrate genuine intellectual curiosity for their chosen subject.

In a safe virtual environment, OxBright gives you the chance to connect directly with your Mentors – inspiring current undergraduates and graduates. 

From learning about the latest trends in Artificial Intelligence (Engineering) to discovering how Cryptocurrency is challenging conventional economics (Business & Economics) or discussing whether Cardiologists are outdated (Medicine), you’ll discover, explore and prepare for your future in your chosen subject.

 

Get the Edge

Through our live weekly Tutorials, our Mentors give you subject-specialist knowledge, inspiring, motivating and preparing you to achieve your potential and get into your dream university course. 

OxBright doesn’t prime you with the magic secret to get into a specific university (there is none), tell you what to write on your personal statement or let you know what to say at interview. Instead, we stretch, challenge, guide and inspire you to fulfil your potential, maximising your chances of success.

Whether you’re in the early stages of thinking about which course or university to apply for, or are certain what you want to do, OxBright gives you the knowledge, motivation and edge to enable you to succeed.

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Mentors

Learn from world-class Mentors

Our inspirational Mentors, outstanding undergraduates and graduates from leading universities studying your subject, will share their knowledge, experiences and academic passions, and support you on your journey.

They have been in your shoes not so long ago, have successfully navigated the admissions process and gone on to thrive at university, studying your subject. They are passionate about sharing their expertise and mentoring you to success.

Be Part of our Community

Connect with students from around the world going through similar experiences – like you, they are passionate about your subject, want to learn more and prepare effectively for their future.

Share the journey together as you advance towards your future university applications, putting you in the best possible position to succeed.

 

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Live, interactive and on-demand

Access our support when you want – from regular live Tutorials through to recorded podcasts, vlogs and blogs from your Mentor.

Each subject also has a film or a book club, to keep you engaged and continue your learning throughout the week, on a schedule which suits you.

You’ll also be able to shape future topics – our Mentors are keen to hear what you want to learn, so OxBright is tailored to you and your fellow students.

 

OxBright Makes it Easy for Students to Connect With their Futures

Subscriptions

When you join the OxBright membership platform you get a choice of three subscription types – you can either join monthly, six monthly (saving 3 weeks on your subscription fees) or you can join for a year (saving 7 weeks on your fees and gaining access to discounts on other Oxford Scholastica courses).

Social Impact

As part of our mission to widen access to our support, we have a matching scheme whereby we provide a free place for students on our scholarship programme for each fee-paying student who subscribes to OxBright. You can read more about our ambition to provide over 10,000 hours of support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds here.

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FAQs

Who is OxBright for?

If you're a 15-18 year old who is serious about discovering, exploring and preparing for your future, OxBright is for you.

After nearly ten years' experience of running academic summer and online programmes, we've learnt that while schools are often outstanding at supporting students to get good grades, there can be a lack of current subject-specialist knowledge available for students to access.

OxBright aims to fix this. So, for example, if you're thinking about studying Law at university, you'll have regular access to our Law Mentors, current undergraduate and postgraduate students from leading universities such as Oxford, London, Cambridge and Harvard. They have successfully been through the process you are experiencing - from deciding whether to study Law, through to choosing the best university and course for them, to succeeding in their university applications and thriving at university and beyond.

Whatever your stage of your journey - whether you're thinking of studying a particular subject at university, whether you're weighing up which university and course to study, or whether you know you want to study a subject at a specific university and are looking to prepare effectively - OxBright is here for you.

What does a typical week look like?
Let's imagine you're an OxBright Medicine member. A typical week might look like this:

  • Monday: your Mentor sends over our podcast on Oxford's role in pioneering the COVID-19 vaccine, and asks you to think about some of the challenges involved in vaccine discovery
  • Wednesday: your Mentor reminds you of the film club coming up next week, and you’ll be tasked with watching The Children Act, a real-life drama about the relationship between medicine and law, focusing on the issue of consent in medical care
  • Thursday: your Mentor gives you priority access to our recent blog article they've written on the top 3 latest treatments in psychiatry
  • Saturday: your live, hour-long Tutorial takes place on "Artificial Intelligence in Medicine - How AI is Discovering New Antibiotics". You'll join your fellow Medicine OxBrighters and will have the opportunity to ask your Mentor lots of questions
When are the live Tutorials?
The live Tutorials usually take place on Saturdays around 1-2pm UK time (which we have found to be the best time to allow students from lots of different timezones to participate).
What if I can't attend a live session?
Don't worry! OxBright is designed so that you can access the content whenever you want. If you're unable to make a live session you'll be able to watch it back afterwards. We also have vlogs, blogs and podcasts for you to enjoy whenever your schedule allows.
How long can I sign up for?
You have the choice of subscribing on a monthly basis, for six months or for a year. Whatever your subscription, you'll get access to the same great content. The benefit of signing up for six months is that you get three weeks free. The benefit of signing up for a year is that you receive seven weeks free, and you also get 15% off any online course/conference/internship you book with us, and £300 off our residential Oxford summer school.
Is it easy to cancel?
It is no problem to cancel, and we make this easy for you - just let us know and you won't be charged the next month's subscription (if you are on a monthly subscription) or the next six month subscription (if you are on a six monthly subscription) or the next year's subscription (if you are on an annual subscription).
Where are the participants from?
At Oxford Scholastica, we have a diverse international intake, with students from around the world taking part (last year we had students from over 60 different nationalities!).
Will OxBright get me into university/college?
OxBright is designed to help you prepare effectively for your future, and part of this is helping you to think ahead to your university applications. So some of your Tutorials will cover things like how to choose the best course, how to write an outstanding personal statement and how to put yourself in the best position to succeed.

However, it's important to note that attending OxBright won't guarantee you'll get into a specific university. Neither does OxBright prime you with the magic secret to get into a specific university (there is none), tell you exactly what to write on your personal statement or let you know what to say at interview.

Instead, we stretch, challenge, guide and inspire you to maximise your chances of success. Our Mentors will help you get the clarity, motivation and skills you need to help you put together a compelling application, and in doing so will help you to fulfil your potential.

I've already done an Oxford Scholastica course, how is this different?

OxBright is designed to complement our other courses, and many students who experience our courses choose to sign up to OxBright (and many OxBright students choose to sign up for our courses, conferences and internships either online or in Oxford - if you sign up to the Annual Subscription you benefit from 15% off our online courses and £300 off your Oxford summer school experience).

Whereas our courses last anywhere from a full day through to two weeks, OxBright is there for you year-round, helping you to grow your subject knowledge and confidence over time. Think of OxBright as your personal companion guiding and motivating you throughout the week, inspiring and stretching you to fulfil your potential and succeed in your aspirations.