University of Oxford
'Big questions, little questions' is developed and delivered for Study Higher by Oxford University
Activity type: Workshop in-school; student conference at the University of Oxford
When: Workshops available year round, student conference on Wednesday 22 March 2023
Year group: Year 12 / Level 3 year 1
Gatsby Benchmarks: 7
To increase students’ confidence in their capacity to progress to higher education by developing and enhancing academic skills in critical thinking.
The programme’s objectives (NERUPI P3-4, B4) are:
Through this programme, learners will:
BQLQ is a programme of activities delivered by the University of Oxford for Study Higher to develop academic capacity in sixth form students, improving their confidence and resilience for transition to university.
These are essential skills not only for everyday life but also for academic progression. Many young learners are demoralised when the study and assessment techniques that they learned and used effectively for level 3 study do not translate well to university-level. This is often because of a lack of understanding of what critical thinking is, how to develop it, and how to show it. This programme helps young learners grasp these skills for use at A level and beyond.
We have two workshops available:
We can accomodate requests related to these themes, especially for EPQ support.
Workshops are usually one hour, and intended for classroom and small group delivery.
These workshops are ordinarily aimed at year 12 students or equivalent, but we can work with year 13s or equivalent when appropriate especailly if they are currently working on EPQ projects. Where possible this programme includes undergraduate and/or postgraduate student ambassadors to facilitate live encounters with higher education.
Wednesday 22 March 2023 at the University of Oxford
Our student conference offers students a taste of the wide variety of research that undergraduates, postgraduates, and academics undertake, as well as providing study skills training to help them better demonstrate their critical engagement with subjects in assessment. Students can explore sessions on academic and critical thinking skills.
Help your students prepare for their academic present and future as they:
Up to 30 attendees per school, who should comprise of eligible Office for Students Uni Connect outreach students. Your Higher Education Liaison Officer (HELO) can advise you further on identifying appropriate attendees.
All of our Study Higher events are free to attendent for eligible learners. Unfortunately we cannot provide lunch at this event. Attendees should bring their own packed lunch.
Support for travel costs is available on a reimbursement basis, dependent on successfull attendance with eligible students. Schools should book coach travel themselves and let their Higher Education Liaison Officer know how much the coach will be.
On successful attendance at the event, the school should send the HELO a copy of the coach invoice, who will raise a Purchase Order for reimbursement.
We work with 21 schools and colleges across Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Swindon. We target our work based on a locality-based measure for participation in higher education called POLAR. This means that we target our work at young learners from postcodes in areas where rates of going to university or higher education is lower than expected.
To book now or make enquiries, please contact your HELO or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss your needs with you by phone, videocall or email.
Eligibility criteria apply to access our programmes.