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    Hi,

    I want to study History at University, I'm going into year 13 in September and I've been thinking about what I can do to show how interested I am in the subject. A lot of my friends have done summer courses for subjects like art, art history and classics but I couldn't find any for history. Does anyone know of any short history courses I can do or history groups I can join (or anything else history related) that would make me stand out from other applicants?

    I live in London btw
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    What about volunteering at a museum or a historical building/site? This will show you're passionate about the subject and may also be useful when applying for jobs.

    Have you read much around the subject? Universities like to see evidence of this when you're applying.
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    (Original post by adamlaurence)
    Hi,

    I want to study History at University, I'm going into year 13 in September and I've been thinking about what I can do to show how interested I am in the subject. A lot of my friends have done summer courses for subjects like art, art history and classics but I couldn't find any for history. Does anyone know of any short history courses I can do or history groups I can join (or anything else history related) that would make me stand out from other applicants?

    I live in London btw
    Right now, this is going to get buried under the clearing threads, so I suggest you post in the history forum.
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    What about volunteering at a museum or a historical building/site? This will show you're passionate about the subject and may also be useful when applying for jobs.

    Have you read much around the subject? Universities like to see evidence of this when you're applying.
    Go on this website: https://www.coursera.org/

    They do online courses, published by universities from around the world. There isn't any requirements and its totally free. There are a few History related courses I've spotted "History of the Humankind" and "History of the World from 1300", but there may be many more. I highly recommend it, because it is something that's perfect for your PS, as it shows subject interest and willingness to go off syllabus for intellectual pursuit.
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    I suggest doing a museum tour of London, go to every historic site you can think of and write notes on them. Those notes will be extremely helpful in interviews and writing personal statements.

    I suggest applying as a volunteer at a museum or an archive, they are always looking for volunteers. I have been working as a volunteer at my local museum for 3 years now and you learn useful skills which universities will love.

    A friend of mine went to a summer school at Eton, there they study the Classics, Philosophy and History (and you get free books at the end).

    Also try and attend talks/lectures at universities, museums and bookstores (like Heffers).

    I suggest keeping yourself busy with anything to with History for the summer, it will really help later on!
 
 
 
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