(Original post by Mustaine)
Well, I've been an avid fan of the Natural History Museum ever since I came to England, and I'm going to apply there for work experience at some point in the near-ish future. I try to visit museums and galleries as much as possible, and whenever we're on holiday I insist on visiting all the archaeological sites, and those were pretty good, so I guess I could mention that.
I've not yet had a chance to look at those lists, but I've got some generally useful reading material for history in general ("Communist Manifesto", "Mein Kampf", "Utopia".. etc. as well as some texts for philosophy as I'm hoping to be able to sit in on some of the lessons during my frees next year.) I do attend a couple of in-school history society-type things as well.
No, I haven't thought about doing an Extended Project.. and I'm not too sure what it is either :P
Just adding my two cents
I didn't get into Cambridge but I did get an interview and then get pooled, so I was almost there xD
GCSEs - obviously unis like this have a huge number of applicants with really high grades, they use GCSEs to help judge them, but they also interview the majority of their applicants. So if you have a decent number of A*s, you should have a good chance of getting an interview and then you can take it from there
Work Experience/Extra-Curriculars - these are important but not essential. In my personal statement I had a week's work experience at a local museum but basically nothing else related to my subject (History). Also, I had very few other activities - a tiny bit of sport and some acting, but nothing particularly interesting, so that shouldn't be a problem.
Extended Project - DO IT! I do IB which means I did a 4000-word Extended Essay in History, and I think that made a huge difference to my applications. It stood out as being a university-style, independent research task so I think unis like Cambridge/Oxford would appreciate that. If you have the chance, I also made a big deal of my small class sizes in my personal statement, saying that it was like uni seminars/supervisions and I worked well in that situation. So I think if you get the chance to do an Extended Project, it could really improve your chances
Obviously none of us are sure what the admissions tutors are looking for, but I'm sharing my personal experience in the hope it may help a little