Simply put: I'm not sure which course to pursue, specifically considering Oxbridge. I am an avid political philosopher and interested in debates and discussion pertaining to matters of sociology, morality and economics, and would be interested in going into politics as a career route. The sheer variety and versatility offered by Cambridge's HSPS is certainly appealing, but this makes me uncertain about how in-depth it goes into political history and political theory and how rigorous it is.
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?
History & Politics or HSPS Watch
- Thread Starter
- 06-07-2014 14:16
- 06-07-2014 18:47
If you post in the Oxford section about HisPol and the Cambridge section about HSPS you will probably find more people who can help you.
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).
- Thread Starter
- 06-07-2014 20:46
Thanks - I will certainly make a decision based on the course, not the competition, yet it's hard not to be influenced by such factors. I'll be sure to post in the Oxbridge sections.