Transition to HE

Some of our students will go on to study history, or a related subject, at university. If they are to do this successfully they need to know how to make an application that will secure them a place on the course of their choice, what to expect in their undergraduate career, and they need to be independent learners. In this section you will find helpful articles, guides and resources to enable you to help your students to gain a place in HE. You will also find information about events organised by universities and colleges for prospective students.    

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  • Studying History at Competitive Universities: Student's guide

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    So you've decided to apply to study history at a competitive university. This guide is intended to help you through the process so that your application is as good as it can be. It is not intended to replace the help and advice you can get from the people who...

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  • Studying History at Competitive Universities: Teacher's guide

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    Every year hundreds of students, supported by their teachers and schools apply to study history at the country's most competitive universities. How do you make sure that you or your students stand out from the crowd? This helpful guide is written by Tony McConnell, Deputy Head of Merchant Taylors' Prep...

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  • ‘This extract is no good, Miss!’

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    Frustrated that her A-level students were being overly dismissive when asked to judge the convincingness of academic historians’ arguments, Paula Worth drew on previous history-teacher research and theories of history for inspiration. After noting that her students would unjustly reject esteemed historians’ accounts for lack of comprehensiveness, Worth explains here...

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  • Reading? What reading?

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    Discussions with sixth-form students about reading led Carolyn Massey and Paul Wiggin to start a sixth-formreading group. They describe here the series of themed sessions that they planned, and the student discussion and reflections that resulted. Listening to their students discuss their reading led Massey and  Wiggin to reflect on what is meant by ‘reading around’ the subject, and its role in students’ intellectual...

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  • Nurturing aspirations for Oxbridge

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    An exploration of the impact of university preparation classes on sixth-form historians Frustrated by the low numbers of students from her comprehensive state school who expressed any interest in applying to Oxford or Cambridge to study history, Lucy Hemsley set out to explore ways in which she might both inspire...

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  • Nurturing aspirations for elite universities

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    This workshop took place at the HA Annual Conference May 2016 in Harrogate. Lucy Hemsley, Cheltenham Bournside School & Sixth Form Centre What can schools do to support potential history Oxbridge applicants? Research suggests that A-level alone is not adequate preparation, but there is very little information publicly available on...

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  • Transition from 6th Form to University

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    The beginning of the A2 year is the time to focus students' minds on the next stage of their lives, be it higher education or employment. Students need to consider how they can best prepare themselves for this, at the same time as reaching the entry level qualifications they will...

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  • Creating confident historical readers at A Level

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    Why was Pitt not a mince pie? Enjoying argument without end: creating confident historical readers at A Level How can we help pupils learn to read historically? Gary Howells explores this question by explaining how he builds reading challenges into the course of his pupils' post-16 studies and by describing...

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  • Historiography from below: how undergraduates remember learning history at school

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    What do our students make of the history that we teach them? As part of an introductory module on historiography, Marcus Collins asked his undergraduate students to analyse the history that they had been taught at school and college using historiographic concepts. The results make for interesting reading. What do...

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  • Transition to University

    Multipage Article

    In this series of short films history undergraduates answer questions about their experiences of the transition to university and about extended student engagement. A joint project of the Historical Association and the History Subject Centre.

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  • Worlds in collision: university tutor and student perspectives on the transition to degree level history

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    What does it mean to be good at history? At certain times during their formal education students seem to be required to adjust their understanding of what studying history entails. Alan Booth writes from the viewpoint of a university tutor. He has collated ‘student voice’ on the experience of studying...

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