Access Oxford for all

We are committed to attracting applications from all students with the potential to benefit from study in the Department of Physics and we have a programme of activities and events designed to support and encourage applicants from all backgrounds. Our masterclasses, taster days and Q&A panels are aimed at students in Years 10-13 and aim to increase interest in pursuing physics at university and raise awareness of what to expect when applying to Oxford.

Access events

We run a series of events across the year to support anyone interested in applying to study Physics at Oxford.

Taster mornings

Online events for Y12 students who are wondering about studying physics at Oxford. Please note the event will be the same on both dates, so please plan to attend just one.

Dates: Sat 26th November, Sat 25th February

Oxford Physics Y12 Masterclass

Online day-long event to dig into the details of studying Physics at Oxford, and how to prepare yourself to make a strong application. Please note the event will be the same on both dates, so please plan to attend just one.

Dates: Sat 11th March, Sat 17th June

'Preparing for the PAT' online course

Online course to build problem-solving skills in physics and maths. Runs June - October, but can join any time. More information:

Student Q&As

Q&As are your chance to ask our panel of Oxford Physics students all your questions about studying, applying and more.

Dates: Tues 4th July, Mon 18th Sept

All dates are provisional and may be subject to change.


The Physics Aptitude Test is part of the Oxford admissions process. You can find all the latest information at

We run a free, online 'Preparing for the PAT' course and parallel mentoring programme, between June and October. 

Here's a quick introduction to the PAT from our Access Officer:


As part of the admissions process, we interview shortlisted candidates.

You can find the department's official information about interviews here.

A demonstration interview is available here:

In December, we run Remote Interview Workshops. These are for shortlisted candidates who meet the university's eligibility criteria for this programme, and all eligible students will be contacted individually. 

We have created a pack for teachers who would like to run a mock interview for their students.