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    Two questions:

    1) What sort of work experience placements could I look for, which would be somewhat related to History or Politics?

    2) Do universities really care about work experience, especially considering the course for which I am applying (History and Politics) is non-vocational? Do other universities care more than Oxbridge?
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    You don't need work experience, altho relevant extra curriculars such as further reading are important
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    For non-vocational courses such as yours, the work experience doesn't have to relate directly to the course. In this case, all universities want to see is the skills you learned and how they could be applied to your course/university experience. Any kind of work/volunteering experience would look great here if you manage to convincingly show how you benefited from it!

    If you have a lot of extra curricular stuff going for you though, the work experience won't matter 'that' much to you (outside Oxbridge standard). It's more of an extra opportunity to show yourself in a positive light.
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    (Original post by 2014FHD)
    For non-vocational courses such as yours, the work experience doesn't have to relate directly to the course. In this case, all universities want to see is the skills you learned and how they could be applied to your course/university experience. Any kind of work/volunteering experience would look great here if you manage to convincingly show how you benefited from it!

    If you have a lot of extra curricular stuff going for you though, the work experience won't matter 'that' much to you (outside Oxbridge standard). It's more of an extra opportunity to show yourself in a positive light.
    I'm sorry but this advice isn't correct at all. For academic courses, things that aren't relevant to the course won't really be considered when making a decision. Irrelevant work/volunteering/extra curriculars should take up less than 25% of the personal statement, the applicant doesn't need to waste characters discussing them. Having work experience or not will have no bearing on admission to uni for history or politics.

    Instead, applicants should focus on reading around their subject and showing an interest in the subject beyond the school curriculum- for example by going to public lectures relevant to the subject.
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    OP did you apply for 2015 or are you applying for 2016?

    If you need help with politics books/work experience ideas I may be able to help.
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    Prior to my application being sent off is never worked a day in my life and got 5 offers from mid-top universities, for chemistry.
    Only in subjects like medicine I think it's required.
 
 
 
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