On the 16th of January I attended an English and History study day at University College, Oxford University and gained experience of what it would be like to study there. The study day was open to students across the country with an interest of studying either History or English. Following refreshments in the dining hall, we had two mini lectures focused on History (the individual in society) and English (contextual links between Shakespeare’s Hamlet and the history of the time period of which it was written). Both lectures lasted for 45 minutes and gave an insight into how lectures run at the university as well as giving examples of the topics available to study.
There were also two undergraduates present at the lectures who are currently studying history and gave detail and answered questions about their course. Later we had a tour of the University including a visit to the student dormitories with an undergraduate at Oxford. After the tour, we were split into two groups and my group analysed historical sources relating to the social and political impacts of events during WWII such as the evacuations, equality of sacrifice and the welfare state.
At the end of the day, we had an admissions Q&A with Nelli (the Oxford Outreach coordinator) in which she explained to us what Oxford tutors are looking for in students, how students are assessed throughout the History and English courses and what we as A-level students can Start doing now to prepare for university applications and personal statements.
Overall the day was highly enjoyable and was a great experience, I would recommend anyone who gets the opportunity to apply.
Emily – Rose D (6GW)