Swiftstream in Medway

Want to discover the real Oxford Uni? Take part in Swiftstream, our extended online programme of university guidance and academic enrichment from Hertford College at the University of Oxford.

Swiftstream is a sustained programme of online support offered free of charge to pupils currently in Year 12 at state schools and colleges in Medway. You’ll get to know current students and staff at Oxford, stretch your academic ideas, and get your questions answered. With our professional guidance and personal experiences, we’ll help you to develop the skills and confidence you need to make a competitive application to highly selective universities.

Please note that applications for 2021 have now closed.

What does Swiftstream involve?

Swiftstream is made up of six online sessions taking place between March and June 2021. Sessions will be scheduled after school time and will combine stretching academic subject workshops led by Oxford academics with expert guidance on university skills and applications. By participating in Swiftstream, we hope you’ll:

  • be able to explore academic ideas beyond the classroom and build your thinking skills
  • gain confidence in making decisions about university and what to study in the future
  • discover what Oxford is really like by meeting our students, staff and tutors

How do I apply to take part?

Applications for Swiftstream are open to students in Year 12 at state-funded schools and colleges in the Medway local authority (see drop-down below for more information). We’ll select participants on academic merit as well as educational and socio-economic background. To reflect Oxford’s admissions requirements, you should have a strong academic record demonstrated by a majority of 7, 8 and 9 grades at GCSE. Please see the drop-down below for more information about how we use contextual data.

Please complete an online application form, in which we’ll ask you to provide information such as your home postcode and GCSE grades.

I absolutely loved Swiftstream – it was so useful and has given me a lot to think about. In particular, I really enjoyed the subject taster sessions and loved how we always had a chance to ask questions that got honest answers.

Becky, 2020

Find out more

Click these drop-down headings for more information about Swiftstream and the selection process. You can find more details about our outreach programmes and undergraduate study on our website.

For more information about Swiftstream or to ask any questions, please get in touch with Nathan Stazicker, our Outreach & Communications Officer, by emailing outreach@hertford.ox.ac.uk

  • Which schools and colleges are eligible?

  • How does the selection process work?

  • Do I have to live in Medway?

  • Why is Swiftstream only for Medway pupils?

  • Can I take part if I can't make the live sessions?

All the different information about how to apply has significantly simplified the process and allowed me to gain a better understanding of what to expect when applying to a top university.

Peter, 2020