In this section you’ll find links to helpful advice and resources, including admissions-related guidance and welfare & finance advice. Don't forget to check out our 'myth-busting' section too! 

March 2020 - Activities and Resources Guide 

Admissions-related Guidance 

We understand that applying to the University of Oxford can be daunting. Please don't let this deter you... if you don't give it a go you'll never know!

UAOThe University have produced a short film with some top tips about choosing a course click the image to watch!

And we have some great films – made with and by our brilliant Jesus College students – to help you on your way...

Interview samples

  • The interview process at Oxford is demanding, and you may be asked some unusual questions that go beyond your school curriculum. Our tutors want to assess how you think and how you approach a problem or question that might not be familiar to you. To get the most out of studying at Oxford you need to be able to think critically and independently: that’s what we’re looking for during your interview, not necessarily the ‘right’ answer.
  • The JCR at Jesus College has created a Mock Interview film with two of our wonderful Modern Languages tutors Prof. Katrin Kohl and Dr Caroline Warman.
  • You’ll also find some great interview advice from our students on our YouTube channel.
  • Want to know about the '4 Cs' for success at interview? Then take a look at this article for NACE, by our Access Fellow, Dr Matt Williams.

Tutorial samples

  • JC YouTubeThe tutorial system is central to teaching at the University of Oxford: our students at Jesus College certainly rate tutorials as being key to their learning experience and development during their degree. You can find out more here and visit our YouTube channel for some short Tutorial samples. 

We will be developing more of these films, so do check back regularly for new additions to this page.

Staircase 12

  • University College, Oxford have the great resource 'Staircase12'. This online hub contains resources and information for students thinking about applying to top universities. You’ll find plenty of ideas for stretching yourself beyond the school syllabus. 

Learning and Skills

  • Want to develop your thinking skills and get a 'brain workout'? Our Access Fellow has made a Brain Gym film for you to discover exercises that stretch and work your brain and develop your thinking skills.
  • Essay writing can be tricky and is a skill developed over time. If you'd like some advice on how to improve these skills (and discover how essays changed the world!) then check out this recording of our essay writing webinar from May 2020. 
  • Looking for some sample university lectures? Here you'll find a selection of lectures and seminars recorded at our Seren Summer School 2019. 

Welfare & Finance


    Follow this link for detailed advice about the College's Welfare support. 

    The University also offers support and advice for students from various specific needs backgrounds, including:

    • Care Leaverssupporting students from a care background to ensure they receive the help needed in order to have a successful university experience. 
    • Mat StuMature Students: This demographic applies to a wide range of students aged 21 or over at the start of October in their first year. Coming to university as a mature student can be both exhilarating and challenging. Whether you have been to university before or not, there is plenty of support on offer to help you extend your qualifications, improve your employment prospects or indulge in an interest for its own sake. At Jesus College we're particularly keen to encourage potential mature undergraduate applicants and improve the guidance and support we can offer them contact Shelley if you are a prospective undergraduate mature applicant and would like to arrange a visit to the College. 
    • Parents and CarersWhether you already have a child or are about to become a parent, a wealth of services are available to support you in Oxford. 
    • Students with DisabilitiesThe Disability Advisory Service provides information and advice on disability issues and facilitates support for those with, for example, sensory or mobility impairments, long-term health conditions, specific learning difficulties, autistic spectrum conditions or mental health difficulties.
    • SAPStudents Estranged from their Family : In December 2018 the University announced its commitment to providing financial, housing and welfare support to undergraduate students without support from their families. This commitment forms part of the University’s Stand Alone Pledge – a UK-wide initiative championing the rights of estranged students and helping them overcome disadvantage.   

    If you fall into any of these or other underrepresented groups and are concerned or apprehensive about applying, please do not fear. The College and University work hard to provide services that will help you manage specific needs whilst studying. If you have any concerns that are not addressed here, then do contact the Academic Director who will be happy to advise.


    Follow this link to our undergraduate study area for detailed advice about the College's Financial support. You can also download our Undergraduate Finance Guide for Entry in 2021 - see below. Other useful sources of information include: 

    • The University currently offer bursaries to UK and EU undergraduate students from lower-income households. The amount of bursary you get will depend on your household income. Click here for full details.
    • UK students can apply for tuition fee loans and maintenance loans/grants depending on country. Visit the website for more information.
    • Are you a Welsh Engineering student? If you’re a student living and educated in the area formerly encompassed by Breconshire, and your undergraduate or graduate study encompasses at least 50% engineering, you could be eligible to apply for a grant of £2,500 per year through The Thomas John Jones Memorial FundNote: this is an independent Fund that is not offered by or via the College. This information is provided here as a helpful resources, Jesus College cannot assist with applications. Please visit the TJJ Memorial Fund website for full information and contact details.

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