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I'm hoping to go to uni next year to read History because I don't really know what I want to do in the future and it's a subject I both enjoy and am ok at. However I'm stuck on what uni's to look at; my grades are good but not Oxbridge good (I'm thinking I'll get AAB at Alevel) so does anyone know where is good but not overly hard to get into?

Also, I have to pick my year 12 work experience soon, which I want to do properly but being under 18 with no desired career I'm unsure what to do. What would look good applying to a uni with a History degree in mind?

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Hi,
Kinda two questions in one -
I'm hoping to go to uni next year to read History because I don't really know what I want to do in the future and it's a subject I both enjoy and am ok at. However I'm stuck on what uni's to look at; my grades are good but not Oxbridge good (I'm thinking I'll get AAB at Alevel) so does anyone know where is good but not overly hard to get into?

Also, I have to pick my year 12 work experience soon, which I want to do properly but being under 18 with no desired career I'm unsure what to do. What would look good applying to a uni with a History degree in mind?

Thanks
Is this work experience compulsory? We never had to do work experience in year 12... How long is it for?

For History, there aren't many jobs DIRECTLY related to it so yes it's harder to find something. However, work in a museum, library or public archives might be interesting?
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Is this work experience compulsory? We never had to do work experience in year 12... How long is it for?

For History, there aren't many jobs DIRECTLY related to it so yes it's harder to find something. However, work in a museum, library or public archives might be interesting?
it's not compulsory and its only a week but i don't really have much else to write about in my UCAS stuff
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it's not compulsory and its only a week but i don't really have much else to write about in my UCAS stuff
Some ideas for writing in your personal statement:
- Extra reading (particularly relevant for humanities courses - look online at the recommended reading lists published by universities)
- Summer schools (UNIQ, Sutton Trust, etc. run some relevant ones for free, or just google "history summer school")
- Taster days (I'd particularly recommend the University of London taster days, they run roughly throughout the year, but most are coming up in spring)
- Competitions (there are quite a few essay competitions, e.g. the Peterhouse essay competition where you write a short essay on a topic)
- Extended Project Qualification (if your school offers it, highly recommend!)
- Writing a blog about interesting topics in history (you can start one for free using wordpress.com, blogger.com, etc.)
- Work experience (perhaps less relevant for history, see suggestions in previous post )
- Free online courses (MOOCs - lots available on platforms like FutureLearn, EdX, Coursera, etc.)
- Going to/ setting up a school History Extension Club or similar

lots of options
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it's not compulsory and its only a week but i don't really have much else to write about in my UCAS stuff
On top of the above list
- watching/listening to documentaries (BBC4, channel 4 and radio 4 are excellent for this) on various historical topics
- join your local history club/society organisation
- visit museums/national trust/similar properties
- research university course content thoroughly - applying to a course with no ancient history with a PS talking about your passion for ancient history is a big nono....and finding out about different course content might inspire you to do other research and reading outside your curriculum.
- research your family history.
- look at very recent history - compare your recollection of recent events to the published reports and the "historical narrative" that becomes the most repeated.
- online lectures, free public lectures, itunesU lectures...even TED talks that address themes or issues you've looked at historically.
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