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Supercurriculars for Oxbridge Literature

I've done alot of wider reading but I'd still like some more supercurriculars under my belt, does anyone have any ideas?
Have you had work experience? I know that always is helpful. Also if you have volunteered or had a part-time job in the past and had developed skills that are transferable and might be worth mentioning you should talk about that as well. I think English is quite a hard one to extra experience, but they’ll always want to see your commitment, motivation, passion, teamwork, skills, and communication.. I hope this helps a bit good luck with everything ☺️
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Original post by ebyrne2036
Have you had work experience? I know that always is helpful. Also if you have volunteered or had a part-time job in the past and had developed skills that are transferable and might be worth mentioning you should talk about that as well. I think English is quite a hard one to extra experience, but they’ll always want to see your commitment, motivation, passion, teamwork, skills, and communication.. I hope this helps a bit good luck with everything ☺️


I was thinking of volunteering at the library over the summer if I can!
Recent Oxford English graduate here! The most useful thing to do and the only supercurricular preparation that’s actually required is to read widely across all time periods. Beyond that, entering essay competitions related to your interests is a good idea if you can find any. If you have the opportunity to go to the theatre, especially to see Shakespeare, that’s always a bonus, but not a requirement (I had never been to the theatre when I applied).
Original post by Fenodyree
Recent Oxford English graduate here! The most useful thing to do and the only supercurricular preparation that’s actually required is to read widely across all time periods. Beyond that, entering essay competitions related to your interests is a good idea if you can find any. If you have the opportunity to go to the theatre, especially to see Shakespeare, that’s always a bonus, but not a requirement (I had never been to the theatre when I applied).


This was so useful! I would die to do English there, thankyou very much!!

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