History & Politics or HSPSWatch
Comparatively, Oxford's History and Politics appears a great course to some extent. Nevertheless, I am certainly more of a political historian as opposed to a general one: much of history, particularly of the ancient and medieval categories, has never particularly piqued my interest. Hence, I'm equally uncertain about History and Politics. Don't get me wrong, I love history - but certainly not all of it. I do prefer Oxford as a university - it just appeared to be a more exciting, vibrant and welcoming place - and although this is obviously not the criteria I ought to use, I still feel I should take that into account regardless.
Are there are any students here who can provide detailed and specific information on these courses? In particular, what precisely does the Politics element of HSPS entail in terms of political theory vs. historical empiricism? And impressions of both the HAT test and the TSA?
One more thing: the issue of grades. I have 6 A*s and 5As at GCSE, and am expecting to get AAAB in August, because my Maths papers didn't go perfectly. Are these grades sufficient for Oxbridge? And is it true that Oxford is more lenient?
I don't know a lot of specifics about the history and politics course but my college dad and brother do it, there is a lot of choice about which papers you want to take so you could largely, if not entirely, ancient and medieval history.
Oxford have slightly lower entry requirements than Cambridge but you'll have to do admissions test. Tbh you should choose based on the course you most want to study, rather than the one you think you're more likely to get into.
I did the TSA, it was okay. I just did the practice papers on the website (I had done AS critical thinking and Decision 1 for fmaths AS which came in handy).