Beyond the Classroom
In order to complement academic work, a student’s stay in Oxford should also provide access to a stimulating cultural, sporting and social environment. Oxford Tutorial College runs a number of clubs, including debating, music, film, law, table tennis and football. Students are also encouraged to take part in the rich cultural life of Oxford and we are happy to assist those who wish to join the various clubs and societies which are open to them.
As using English in a natural way is essential for progression, activities give students the opportunity to use their English in a variety of real-life contexts: learning about and watching sports events such as boat races and cricket; going on walks around Oxford, learning about local history, visiting a variety of universities around the UK, and having the opportunity to try loads of different activities, many of which are new to students.
The college as a whole also holds several social functions each year. At the beginning of Michaelmas Term there is an informal welcome party, enabling students and staff to meet socially. A Christmas party is held at the end of term and a boating trip are held at the end of Trinity Term, a gentle finale to the academic year. Throughout the year other social events take place, such as international evenings, fundraising events and film screenings.
In conjunction with other colleges, team sports and events are organised. Matches are played either at weekends or in the evenings. Basketball and soccer are amongst the most popular. A sports hall is booked each week for basketball and badminton, a floodlit pitch is available for five-a-side soccer, and tennis courts are booked during the summer months. Squash courts are also available locally, as is a fitness gym and two excellent swimming pools. Students wishing to play rugby, hockey, lacrosse or any other team sport on a serious basis are normally introduced to city or university clubs.
It is expected that students will join at least one or two after-school or lunch time activities of their choice each week to help to improve their day-to-day English and to start to provide them with activities to add to their university applications. There are a great many activities in the centre of Oxford including volunteer opportunities, choirs and orchestras, dance classes, art classes and so on. Students will be advised of these activities at the beginning of the year, and will, in most cases, be helped to attend the first few sessions.