Historians try to interpret the past – often as a way of understanding the present.  This can lead them to study periods of change, such as wars and revolutions.  But history is also concerned with stability – whether of empires or social structures like the family.  Historians have many ways of investigating continuity and change in different settings, and the social and economic pressures, ideas, groups and individuals that help decide the balance between them.

This course is designed to give you a taste of what history has to offer, and the experience of writing a short essay addressing some of its key themes. Lectures, discussion classes and independent research, culminating with a tutorial, offer a real flavour of the Oxford experience. You’ll be supported and guided by student ambassadors.  By the end of the course, you’ll have the confidence to discuss your essay with an academic within a small tutorial group.

Applications from students studying History to A2 level are especially welcome.