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. We believe this helps students develop the necessary thinking and problem solving skills associated with the learning experience offered here at Oxford. You will find a range of resources below. Students can also access public lectures, teaching material and interviews with leading academics on iTunesU. BBC Radio iPlayer also broadcasts an excellent programme of discussions across a vast array of subject areas.
The University of Oxford:
The University of Oxford’s website, YouTube channel, Facebook page and Twitter feed, include information and resources that support applications to Oxford. There is a selection of student video interviews on the ‘Wall of Faces’. You can also access the University’s podcasts explore and learn about a variety of subject / topic areas.
Staircase 12 is University College Oxford’s online hub of resources for students aiming high at school and thinking about applying to top universities. You’ll find plenty of resources to help you develop your interests, book reviews from current undergrads to help you ‘read around’ your subject and ideas for stretching yourself beyond the school syllabus, all of which is now essential for entry to highly selective universities.
Oxford Maths Institute:
Oxford Mathematical Institute Alphabet publishes a wealth of engaging mathematical ideas and the latest research.
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 many subject areas.
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 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 online 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 completion’, 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.
Oxplore – the home of big questions is a fantastic, brand new online super-curricular tool. This is an excellent resource for developing the skills to think deeply about an extensive range of topics and across the subject areas.
If you would like to know more about student life at Trinity College and how current students decided on their course and college please take a look at our student profiles. You can also read an online version of our Alternative Prospectus which includes plenty of information about life at Trinity according to the students themselves.