How to stand out when applying for History degree

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I'm in Yr12 and our college has started talking to us about applying to uni. We've just been given talks on early application for places like Oxbridge and for certain courses, and it's made me start thinking about my application.

I'm set on doing a history degree, so I was wondering if there was anything I could do that would aid that? I already read quite a lot of history books outside of my A-Level course just for fun, but I've been stuck trying to figure out what else I could do.

I know a lot of my friends who want to medicine, engineering etc are getting work experience in that field, but there aren't many museums near me that offer work experience, so I'm not sure what else I could do.
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(Original post by ewpfs)
I'm in Yr12 and our college has started talking to us about applying to uni. We've just been given talks on early application for places like Oxbridge and for certain courses, and it's made me start thinking about my application.

I'm set on doing a history degree, so I was wondering if there was anything I could do that would aid that? I already read quite a lot of history books outside of my A-Level course just for fun, but I've been stuck trying to figure out what else I could do.

I know a lot of my friends who want to medicine, engineering etc are getting work experience in that field, but there aren't many museums near me that offer work experience, so I'm not sure what else I could do.
You don't need work experience for history. Read more history books and perhaps take a couple of Moocs.
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(Original post by ewpfs)
I'm in Yr12 and our college has started talking to us about applying to uni. We've just been given talks on early application for places like Oxbridge and for certain courses, and it's made me start thinking about my application.

I'm set on doing a history degree, so I was wondering if there was anything I could do that would aid that? I already read quite a lot of history books outside of my A-Level course just for fun, but I've been stuck trying to figure out what else I could do.

I know a lot of my friends who want to medicine, engineering etc are getting work experience in that field, but there aren't many museums near me that offer work experience, so I'm not sure what else I could do.
You could read more books for sure - it would be particularly impressive if you ventured outside of works by 'popular historians' and looked at more academic texts (which you might already be doing!). You could also look for History essay competitions to apply for. There are a variety of free summer schools offered to students like the Oxford UNIQ courses that might be an option and there are always Masterclasses at Oxford and Cambridge that you can visit.
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As above, you dont need work experience because it isnt a degree that leads to a specific job like Medicine etc.

You need to show why you want to study History, and only History, for 3 years - 'I want to study History because.....'.
You also need to show that you are interested in History outside your A level studies - that you read wider than just course work, that you go to exhibitions, museums etc. What particular areas of history are you interested in - and why. If you are stuck for examples, then listening to some podcast lectures can help spark some ideas : https://www.gresham.ac.uk/watch/?subject=history

Applying for History :https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/History_Degree
How to avoid 5 Rejections : https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/uni...ity-rejections
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You could read more books for sure - it would be particularly impressive if you ventured outside of works by 'popular historians' and looked at more academic texts (which you might already be doing!). You could also look for History essay competitions to apply for. There are a variety of free summer schools offered to students like the Oxford UNIQ courses that might be an option and there are always Masterclasses at Oxford and Cambridge that you can visit.
Here are some essay competitions to consider:
https://www.pet.cam.ac.uk/essay-prizes
https://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/undergrad...rizes/history/
https://www.st-hughs.ox.ac.uk/prospe...lia-wood-site/
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You could read more books for sure - it would be particularly impressive if you ventured outside of works by 'popular historians' and looked at more academic texts (which you might already be doing!). You could also look for History essay competitions to apply for. There are a variety of free summer schools offered to students like the Oxford UNIQ courses that might be an option and there are always Masterclasses at Oxford and Cambridge that you can visit.
Thanks for the reply! Do you know where I could find recommended academic historians? I'm currently reading books by professors but only about the spanish history section of my course
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