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    Hi I would just like to get to know people studying or have had studied the said courses at university as I feel a certain level of interest in all of them, definitely some more than others, but would like to know how they're like from the horses mouth if that makes sense.
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    I've just started my first year of Theology at Oxford so I'm not sure how much help I'll be, but I'm happy to answer any questions!
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    (Original post by ffion-siaaan)
    I've just started my first year of Theology at Oxford so I'm not sure how much help I'll be, but I'm happy to answer any questions!
    Hey there! Sorry for the incredibly late reply and thank you for posting. How are you finding theology at oxford so far?
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    (Original post by hilrho)
    Hey there! Sorry for the incredibly late reply and thank you for posting. How are you finding theology at oxford so far?
    Hey! It's pretty stressful, I have an essay and some Hebrew translation work due tomorrow which I'm struggling to finish, but I promise it's not like that all the time! Obviously it's a lot of work but it also brings lots of incredible opportunities like going to extra lectures and listening to different academics talk which is always interesting! Overall, it's super busy, super fun and very tiring, my one piece of advice would be to make sure you really love the subject you're doing, because it takes a lot of motivation to get all the work done and it's so much easier if you genuinely enjoy what you're doing (like I do!) I don't want to put you off haha, it's an amazing experience but you have days where you just want to lie in bed all day but you know you can't (like today for me..)

    Hope that helps, let me know if you have anymore questions!
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    (Original post by ffion-siaaan)
    Hey! It's pretty stressful, I have an essay and some Hebrew translation work due tomorrow which I'm struggling to finish, but I promise it's not like that all the time! Obviously it's a lot of work but it also brings lots of incredible opportunities like going to extra lectures and listening to different academics talk which is always interesting! Overall, it's super busy, super fun and very tiring, my one piece of advice would be to make sure you really love the subject you're doing, because it takes a lot of motivation to get all the work done and it's so much easier if you genuinely enjoy what you're doing (like I do!) I don't want to put you off haha, it's an amazing experience but you have days where you just want to lie in bed all day but you know you can't (like today for me..)

    Hope that helps, let me know if you have anymore questions!
    Haha that didn't put me off at all It sounds like you do enjoy what you're doing - do you mind telling me more about what studying theology involves and how it is different from doing oriental studies at oxford? Also are you specialising in any particular area or do you study all theologies in general? Which college are you in?
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    (Original post by hilrho)
    Haha that didn't put me off at all It sounds like you do enjoy what you're doing - do you mind telling me more about what studying theology involves and how it is different from doing oriental studies at oxford? Also are you specialising in any particular area or do you study all theologies in general? Which college are you in?
    I'm in St John's College which is right in the centre, which is great for walking to my 9am lectures! This term I'm studying the Old Testament (focusing on Genesis and Amos) and I'm learning Biblical Hebrew, but I also go to lectures on the Doctrine of Creation and Introduction to the Study of Religion (which is mainly psychological and sociological approaches to religious belief) for my tutorials next term. So at the moment I'd say I'm pretty Old Testament based but the degree basically splits into three tracks (which are on the faculty website - I think the syllabus is changing so I don't want to get them wrong!) so you can cater to your own interests.
    I've only met one person doing Theology and Oriental Studies and I haven't met anyone doing straight OS so I don't think I can be much help there, but from what I've heard it's much more language based whereas I can drop my language at the end of the year! Hope that helps!
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    (Original post by hilrho)
    Hi I would just like to get to know people studying or have had studied the said courses at university as I feel a certain level of interest in all of them, definitely some more than others, but would like to know how they're like from the horses mouth if that makes sense.
    Did the Oxford BA in Law - what questions do you have in mind? (:
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    (Original post by ffion-siaaan)
    I'm in St John's College which is right in the centre, which is great for walking to my 9am lectures! This term I'm studying the Old Testament (focusing on Genesis and Amos) and I'm learning Biblical Hebrew, but I also go to lectures on the Doctrine of Creation and Introduction to the Study of Religion (which is mainly psychological and sociological approaches to religious belief) for my tutorials next term. So at the moment I'd say I'm pretty Old Testament based but the degree basically splits into three tracks (which are on the faculty website - I think the syllabus is changing so I don't want to get them wrong!) so you can cater to your own interests.
    I've only met one person doing Theology and Oriental Studies and I haven't met anyone doing straight OS so I don't think I can be much help there, but from what I've heard it's much more language based whereas I can drop my language at the end of the year! Hope that helps!
    Yep your posts are quite informative I didn't know oriental studies is more language based where as theology is more about studying the scriptures themselves and taking different approaches to them rather than just linguistics.
    Also do you have to study all the major religion in theology or can you focus on say just the Abrahamic faiths? (Im incredibly interested in the historical/sociological aspects of abrahamic faiths but not really the dharmic ones).
    What kind of people would you advice to take theology? I mean I have a lot of interest in studying the abrahamic religions (although I'm irreligious) but I'm also interested in other things (as I've noted on the title) and so I'm afraid studying theology would limit career prospects whereas the others wouldn't.

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    Did the Oxford BA in Law - what questions do you have in mind? (:
    Hey there. Well I just wanted to know what studying law at oxford involves and well which college did you attend? I'm very interested in politics therefore I've got a natural inclination towards studying different judicial systems and discussing how well it is implemented and how well it isn't in developing nations (for example in Bangladesh which has a very liberal constitution however only on paper, isn't implemented). So tbh I'm not sure if it's law that I'm actually interested in or if my interests still fall into politics. So what kind of a person would you encourage to apply to law - and what makes you interested in law?
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    (Original post by hilrho)
    Hey there. Well I just wanted to know what studying law at oxford involves and well which college did you attend? I'm very interested in politics therefore I've got a natural inclination towards studying different judicial systems and discussing how well it is implemented and how well it isn't in developing nations (for example in Bangladesh which has a very liberal constitution however only on paper, isn't implemented). So tbh I'm not sure if it's law that I'm actually interested in or if my interests still fall into politics. So what kind of a person would you encourage to apply to law - and what makes you interested in law?
    I was at Brasenose College.

    If you're specifically interested in studying different judicial systems, I'm not very sure that Law would be the best fit for you. The Oxford course (and most law degrees for that matter, whether in the UK or elsewhere) is mostly focused on the law specific to their jurisdiction. Some of the underlying concepts do cut across jurisdictions (eg is it better to have a very detailed Constitution, or a more generic/ broad one, should we criminalize offensive speech), but there's a good bit there's jurisdiction specific (eg registration requirements for interests in land). Comparative elements are relatively few on the BA course, particularly in the core modules, although there is some opportunity to focus on comparative aspects at Masters level or in choosing undergraduate options. My concern is that you might find the bits that relate more closely to Politics interesting (eg Constitutional and Administrative law), but find other aspects very dry (eg land law and trusts).

    You seem to have a broad range of interests - have you considered going to the US to do a Liberal Arts degree instead?
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    (Original post by ffion-siaaan)
    Hey! It's pretty stressful, I have an essay and some Hebrew translation work due tomorrow which I'm struggling to finish, but I promise it's not like that all the time! Obviously it's a lot of work but it also brings lots of incredible opportunities like going to extra lectures and listening to different academics talk which is always interesting! Overall, it's super busy, super fun and very tiring, my one piece of advice would be to make sure you really love the subject you're doing, because it takes a lot of motivation to get all the work done and it's so much easier if you genuinely enjoy what you're doing (like I do!) I don't want to put you off haha, it's an amazing experience but you have days where you just want to lie in bed all day but you know you can't (like today for me..)

    Hope that helps, let me know if you have anymore questions!
    Hi there! Sorry to butt in, but I'm going to be applying for Theology at St John's this October, I was wondering you could offer me any advice on what to read, what you were asked in the interview etc? Also how much knowledge on Christianity are they expecting from an applicant? I ask this because I am primarily interested in the Old Testament and I've never formally learnt any Christianity since primary school - although I am trying to ease my way into it by getting into Christian literature first. Any help/advice you can offer would be SO appreciated! Thank you
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    Hi there! Sorry to butt in, but I'm going to be applying for Theology at St John's this October, I was wondering you could offer me any advice on what to read, what you were asked in the interview etc? Also how much knowledge on Christianity are they expecting from an applicant? I ask this because I am primarily interested in the Old Testament and I've never formally learnt any Christianity since primary school - although I am trying to ease my way into it by getting into Christian literature first. Any help/advice you can offer would be SO appreciated! Thank you
    Hey, that's so exciting! I'll try and answer some of your questions as best I can, but if you have any other questions feel free to PM me!

    Okay so at interview both my interviews were textual, so I was given an unseen passage 20 minutes before the interview started, and had that time to read through it and write some notes. One of these texts was a synoptic comparison of the gospels, and the other was some sort of list of Israelite kings (can't really remember it though, sorry!). The rest of the interview was mainly talking about my personal statements and topic which I'd expressed an interest in. There's a couple of example questions on the university website which might be worth looking at, one of them - 'Could football be considered a religion?' - was asked in one of my interviews.

    In terms of a knowledge of Christianity, an A level in RS isn't an essential requirement and so they won't expect everyone to have this knowledge, although for the Old Testament it would probably be quite helpful, but you'd obviously learn that as part of the course. I think doing some reading like you said is a great idea, just read about whatever interests you because I personally think enthusiasm is really important for the interviews, so if you read things that you're passionate about or find really interesting then that's great! That way you can also tailor your personal statement to talk about these areas which increases the likelihood of them coming up at interview.

    Hope that helps and, like I said, if you have any more questions let me know!
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    (Original post by ffion-siaaan)
    Hey, that's so exciting! I'll try and answer some of your questions as best I can, but if you have any other questions feel free to PM me!

    Okay so at interview both my interviews were textual, so I was given an unseen passage 20 minutes before the interview started, and had that time to read through it and write some notes. One of these texts was a synoptic comparison of the gospels, and the other was some sort of list of Israelite kings (can't really remember it though, sorry!). The rest of the interview was mainly talking about my personal statements and topic which I'd expressed an interest in. There's a couple of example questions on the university website which might be worth looking at, one of them - 'Could football be considered a religion?' - was asked in one of my interviews.

    In terms of a knowledge of Christianity, an A level in RS isn't an essential requirement and so they won't expect everyone to have this knowledge, although for the Old Testament it would probably be quite helpful, but you'd obviously learn that as part of the course. I think doing some reading like you said is a great idea, just read about whatever interests you because I personally think enthusiasm is really important for the interviews, so if you read things that you're passionate about or find really interesting then that's great! That way you can also tailor your personal statement to talk about these areas which increases the likelihood of them coming up at interview.

    Hope that helps and, like I said, if you have any more questions let me know!
    Wow I only just bothered to check my notifications so I only just saw this but this is so helpful! Over the summer I had a lot of time to read so really found my feet in terms of interests etc but my basic knowledge is lacking... I'm doing the best I can though.

    Another question, and I'm sure you get it a lot so sorry about that, but GCSEs... How did you do/what's the average for a Theologian? I underperformed BADLY, but got high predictions and UMS... Will that be taken into account? I'm constantly told my application/grades are suited towards Cambridge more but I liked Oxford a lot so don't know what to do...
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    (Original post by bigmandave)
    Wow I only just bothered to check my notifications so I only just saw this but this is so helpful! Over the summer I had a lot of time to read so really found my feet in terms of interests etc but my basic knowledge is lacking... I'm doing the best I can though.

    Another question, and I'm sure you get it a lot so sorry about that, but GCSEs... How did you do/what's the average for a Theologian? I underperformed BADLY, but got high predictions and UMS... Will that be taken into account? I'm constantly told my application/grades are suited towards Cambridge more but I liked Oxford a lot so don't know what to do...
    So there's no specific requirements regarding the number/grades of GCSEs as long as you have passes in English and Maths (although this might have changed but you can check this on the university/college website!). I personally have 6A* and 6As but I know people with a wide variety of different GCSE grades. There are statistics out there about the average number of A*s per candidate being quite high but this is obviously an average and so is in no way representative of everyone.

    The great thing about the Oxford - and Cambridge - application process is that its so holistic, and so a lot of different factors are considered, not just GCSE grades. Obviously these are an important part of your application but they're definitely not the only thing they'll consider. If you have good predictions for A level and you focus on your personal statement and your interview prep then you can make up for slightly lower GCSE grades (although I'm sure yours are fine!)
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    (Original post by ffion-siaaan)
    So there's no specific requirements regarding the number/grades of GCSEs as long as you have passes in English and Maths (although this might have changed but you can check this on the university/college website!). I personally have 6A* and 6As but I know people with a wide variety of different GCSE grades. There are statistics out there about the average number of A*s per candidate being quite high but this is obviously an average and so is in no way representative of everyone.

    The great thing about the Oxford - and Cambridge - application process is that its so holistic, and so a lot of different factors are considered, not just GCSE grades. Obviously these are an important part of your application but they're definitely not the only thing they'll consider. If you have good predictions for A level and you focus on your personal statement and your interview prep then you can make up for slightly lower GCSE grades (although I'm sure yours are fine!)
    Ahh thank you! I'm so stuck on which college to apply for... What made you choose John's? If you were to choose again, would you still choose it?
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    (Original post by bigmandave)
    Ahh thank you! I'm so stuck on which college to apply for... What made you choose John's? If you were to choose again, would you still choose it?
    If you have a chance to visit Oxford, that's a really great way to get a sense of each college - but if you don't then each college has its own website and you can also view pictures and videos on the university website. I chose John's because it's very central, I thought it was a good size and I liked the accommodation and facilities in the college site. I also just really liked it when I visited - it was somewhere where I could see myself spending three years and all the people I met there were very friendly! I'd definitely choose it again, I can't imagine living anywhere else
 
 
 
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