Frequently Asked Questions.

Give these a quick read through to get full understanding of everything! Please don‘t hesitate to reach out to us at if you can’t find an answer to any of your questions here.

Can I Attend AAC 2019?

All black students of African and Caribbean heritage that are eligible for UCAS in the 2018/2019 academic year can register for a spot at the conference. We do prioritise students from state comprehensive schools, but as long as you can apply for university in the next academic year and live in the UK you can register too. That goes for students on a gap year too!

How much does a ticket cost?

Nothing. It’s free!

How do I register?

Registration for AAC 2019 hasn’t opened yet but you can subscribe to our notification list here and we’ll let you know as soon as it does.

What will I gain from attending the AAC?

The AAC has been meticulously designed by the ACS to provide you with unique blend of insightful panel conversations, interactive sessions and inspiring talks. Throughout the day you will have many opportunities to have any questions you have about the black Oxford experience answered by Oxford ACS members and alumni.

All AAC attendees also get access to exclusive follow up sessions over the summer.

You can find more information about the AAC here.

What is the selection criteria?

Our selection process is structured to evaluate each form on a case by case basis; we look at everything from where you live to your grades to how passionate you are about attending the conference. While grades are still important, it’s not as simple as best picking the people with the best grades. We firmly believe students are a lot more than their exam results.

If it was down to us we would take everyone but unfortunately, we just don’t have the space.

I live outside London but would love to attend AAC 2019, can you help me with travel?

We do offer financial support for students travelling from outside London. Please drop us an email at requesting support and we will send a Travel Support Form over to you. All requests for financial aid are evaluated on a case by case basis.

How long is AAC 2019?

It’s a full day conference, so you’ll be with us from 08.30 until 17:00. Don’t worry we’ve got a lot in store for you, expect time to fly on the day.

Will there be food options on the day?

There will be plenty of food throughout the day. Once we confirm your place we will be in touch about specific dietary requirements.

Is there a dress code?

AAC 2019 doesn’t have a strict dress code. It will be an open interactive day, so it is more important to us that you dress comfortably. That said there will be a lot of pictures so make sure that whatever you choose is presentable (so it’s probably best to leave the shorts at home). If you are really worried you can always reach out to us.

Will there be a cloak room?

Yes, there will be a cloak room for attendees at the conference.

Is the venue accessible for disabled attendees?

Yes! The British Library Knowledge Centre is fully compliant with accessibility standards. If you have any specific accessibility requirements or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at

I’ve just submitted my registration form. What happens next?

We look forward to seeing your registration form. After we’ve gone through all the forms we will get in touch with you to confirm whether you’ve got a place at the conference and all the details next steps. So, you can just relax in the meantime.

I didn’t get a place at the conference. Can I still get support from Oxford ACS?

Don’t be disheartened, the AAC is incredibly oversubscribed and many amazing students don’t get in simply because we don’t have enough room. This doesn’t mean that you aren’t good enough for Oxford or that you’ve been written off by Oxford ACS forever. All students that don’t get a place at the AAC are still eligible for a conference pack full of our specially tailored tips and subject guides.

You can still reach out to us at any time and have full access to our support systems if you decide to apply to Oxford come UCAS season (make sure you follow us on social media to stay in the loop!).

I’ve been confirmed a place at AAC 2019 but can no longer attend. Can I transfer my place to someone else?

Ah, we’re sorry to hear that you won’t be joining us. The AAC is oversubscribed every year, so there is always a massive waiting list. While this means that you can’t transfer your place directly, if you can’t make it drop us an email at as soon as possible and we’ll make sure someone else can get your spot.

What is the official hashtag for AAC 2019?

You can follow along and join the conversation with the hashtag #AAC2019. Use this on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to make suggestions, share your experiences and engage with the ACS and the rest of AAC community throughout the conference period.

I saw that Stormzy came last year, will I get to meet him too?

The AAC is all about bringing together inspiring young people in the Black British community and engaging the minds of the next generation of leaders. This often ends up with us getting a feature (or two) from some notable guests. Who? Well you’ll just have to wait and see…

I am a teacher. Can I Attend AAC 2019?

Unfortunately, we do not generally have teachers attend the AAC. A large part of the conference’s effectiveness lies in its open and candid atmosphere, and we’ve found that students feel much more comfortable opening up when teachers aren’t present.

That said, we do believe that teachers play an integral role in educational experience of students. We regularly organise school visits to engage with teachers about preparing their students for Oxford.

If you would like to engage with the ACS just get in touch with our Access and Outreach Team at for more information.

What is the Oxford ACS Partner School Network (PSN)? Can my school join?

Our Partner Schools Network is a group of state-comprehensive schools in economically disadvantaged areas that work closely with Oxford ACS to provide tailored support to help prepare students considering applications to Oxford and other leading institutions of Higher Education. Members receive prioritised access to our flagship Access and Outreach programmes, as well as bespoke workshops, school talks, mentoring sessions, teacher support and much more.

For enquires about joining, please contact our Access and Outreach Team at