Wondering about which subject to study at Oxbridge universities?
At this stage, it is perfectly fine to be unsure, or not fully sure, about which subject you want to study at university. There are many to choose from, ranging from the different options within Natural Sciences (Cambridge) and individual sciences (Oxford), to Classics and English. This is the perfect time to sit back, keep an open mind and let the subjects show you their ‘wow’ factors. Here are some points of advice that I found useful in the months leading up to my AS level examinations, as I started thinking about university.
1) Don’t feel like you have to rush
May is the time where the idea of applying to Oxbridge starts to play in the minds of many potential applicants’ minds. The UCAS deadline of 15th October seems far away from the more imminent AS level exams in May/June. Many students who have always dreamed of becoming doctors or classicists may well know exactly which subject to apply. However, this is not the case for the vast majority of applicants. The summer is full of opportunities to visit both Oxbridge universities and gain an insight into all subjects that catch your attention. Use that time, and the freedom of the summer holidays to make your judgements on what courses offer the best options for you.
2) Perhaps look ahead at the A2/IB syllabus of the courses onto which you are currently enrolled
Does the syllabus sound interesting? Would you like to take the subjects taught later on, further at university? Chances are, that if the answers to these basic questions are no, a degree which takes such subjects further is probably not for you. Simple things like this are an easy way to start narrowing down to a handful of potential subjects which you may like to explore thoroughly at open days/online closer to the time.
3) Keep an open mind
By this point in your studies, it should be clear that individual subjects offer a great deal of variety within themselves. Do not be thrown off or feel uneasy if you find that certain parts of a subject that you think you should like don’t appeal to you. It may also be the case that certain parts of other subjects may sound appealing, and if so, look further into it!
Although applying for university is an exciting time, your immediate priority should be doing yourself justice in any upcoming exams. By thinking about applying to Oxbridge, you have already identified yourself as a capable candidate, be confident that you will do your research thoroughly after exams. Now is not the time to dwell on the future, and to lose sight of the more immediate challenges.