Work experience

The Department of Physics at the University of Oxford provides a limited number of work experience placements for students in Year 10 to Year 13.

Oxford Physics Year 12 Summer School (in place of work experience)

We run a week of placements in the summer, this year taking place between 23rd - 27th July 2018. During the week students work on a project and also take part in a central programme of activities such as departmental tours, career talks and sample lectures. Students present their work to their peers at the end of the week in a poster presentation. We have projects that cover a range of different interests and topics in physics.

Please note we do not arrange or cover the cost of transport or accommodation for the Oxford Physics Year 12 Summer School.

Making an application

Applications are now closed. We have had considerable interest in this scheme and students will be selectd based on the criteria below. To be considered for a placement on the Year 12 Physics Summer School 2018 please complete the form which is attached to the top right of this page and return it to work.experience@physics.ox.ac.uk. The deadline for applications is Friday 29th June 2018. We will notify you if you have been successful on Monday 9th July 2018.

Selection criteria

Essential criteria (shortlisting): Evidence is provided that the candidates is:

  • In Year 12 and studying Physics and Maths at A-level, or equivalent
  • Age 16 years or above
  • Enthusiastic and passionate about Physics
  • Interested in gaining experience of work and university-level study in Physics
  • Able to attend the event for the full week
  • Able to arrange, and cover the cost of, their own travel during the week*
  • Able to work in the UK (you will be required to show your passport, and visa if relevant, before you start)

Desirable criteria: Priority will be given to candidates who give evidence of one or more of the following criteria:

  • Candidates look to benefit significantly from the experience i.e. they haven't completed a similar placement at another institution
  • Candidate's skills and enthusiasm align with specific projects
  • Candidates are or have been eligible for free school meals, pupil premium, Education Maintenance allowance and/or 16-19 bursary during their secondary education*
  • Candidates are the first in their family to go to university
  • Candidates are living in Oxfordshire
  • Candidates do not have access to other universities or experiences closer to their home region.

*a small bursary (up to £40 for the week) is available for children on free school meals or equivalent

Mailing list

If you wish to join our mailing list to be notified about work experience and other activities such as taster days, please fill in this short form. We will send you the dates and information about how to apply when it becomes available.

Other placements

Year 10 placements are organised exclusively through Oxfordshire County Council. We also work with Science Oxford and The World of Work Programme to organise placements for local students.

Students often contact individuals in the Department to request placements in their research field. It is likely that these requests will be directed to the central office and students will be asked to apply for the Oxford Physics Year 12 Summer School.

The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in Oxfordshire also offers one or two week work experience placements in physics and other subject areas between April and August to over 100 students each year. More information available here.