Beyond the curriculum
To prepare and equip prospective applicants with the high level skills required for study on a course at Oxford, we strongly encourage students to explore and deepen their subject knowledge well beyond the school curriculum. We call this particular kind of academic engagement 'super-curricular activity' and believe this helps students develop the necessary thinking and problem solving skills associated with the learning experience offered here at Oxford.
Some Super-curricular Suggestions:
As a starting point, students can go to iTunesU to access public lectures, teaching material and interviews with leading academics. They can also access the University’s podcasts explore and learn about a variety of subject / topic areas.
Another fantastic online super-curricular tool is Oxford's brand new Oxplore - the home of big questions! This is an excellent resource for developing the skills to think deeply about an extensive range of topics and across the subject areas.
HE plus provides a very useful bank of resources, from the University of Cambridge, for students to find out about and deepen their thinking in a many subject areas.
Oxford Sparks: Bringing Oxford Science Alive is an excellent website full of videos, podcasts and other brilliant resources for both students and teachers with an interest in the sciences.
BBC Radio iPlayer also broadcasts an excellent programme of discussions, across a vast array of subject areas and we encourage students to explore their interests, using the catelogue to download on demand.
Oxford Mathematical Institute Alphabet also publishes a wealth of engaging mathematical ideas and the latest research.
IntoBiology has a collection of invaluable resources and information, for students, relating to both research and careers in this exciting field of science.
Students may even like to try a module of real undergraduate study, in a subject area they are considering studying at university. EdX is an online learning platform and a MOOC (massive open on line course) provider that offers free short courses from some of the world's best universities and institutions. Although there is an option to purchase a 'certificate of completition', we do not encourage students to spend money doing so. The most valuable part of engaging with a MOOC is the learning experience itself and it is this experience that admissions tutors are most interested in reading about in personal statements.
Other online resources supporting applications to Oxford include the University of Oxford's website, YouTube channel, Facebook page and Twitter feed, as well as a selection of student video interviews, available on the 'Wall of Faces'.
For more information about the rich experience of life as a student at St Hilda's College you can also read and/or download our Alternative Student Prospectus.