COVID-19 outbreak School Support
Our thoughts are with all students and teachers during this extremely challenging time. We sincerely hope that everyone is staying well, while finding ways of adjusting and responding to the changed situation.
To support teachers and students over the coming months, we’ll be collating and sharing information, resources and links that could be used to supplement teaching and learning.
For any questions at all, please contact us on email@example.com.
We very much hope all offer-holders are keeping well at this difficult time. If you hold an offer from St Peter’s College, you may wish to view the information published by the University for all offer-holders.
You might also find it useful and interesting to listen to new podcast, ‘Managing the Cost’, where three current Oxford undergraduates share their experiences of managing finances in the First Year.
We would also encourage you to explore the Reading Lists below, which were put together by St Peter’s College subject tutors for last year’s Freshers, as these represent an excellent place to start with wider reading and preparation for your course.
Please note that reading lists are not intended for exhaustive study but rather, in your own interests, to improve your background knowledge of the field you propose to pursue at Oxford.
- Archaeology and Anthropology
- Biological Sciences
- Biochemistry: Letter; Reading List
- Chemistry: Tutorial 1; Assumed Knowledge; Study Skills
- Earth Sciences
- Economics: Math Pre-Course Letter, Maths Workbook
- Engineering: There is no reading list for Engineering. Prof Thomas Adcock will be in contact with Engineering students to provide them with "revision" work.
- History of Art
- Law: Letter; Survival Kit; Induction Course Pack; Sample Essay; Sample Article
- Physics: Freshers' Guide (Physics); Freshers' Guide (Physics and Philosophy)
- Spanish: the tutor will contact students directly with a reading list
- Theology and Religion
Using Your Time at Home
For those of you considering applying to competitive universities like Oxford, this video suggests some ways to use your time now to help you put together a strong application:
As we won’t be able to visit our contact schools during the closure period, we want to ensure that any students considering applying to Oxford can access the information, advice and guidance that they need. Keep an eye out here for things as they get added.
- Considering applying to Oxford? If you want to know more about the application process, choosing your subject, finances, and student life, this Oxford Explained video makes key points that would be covered in a Year 12 school talk. If you want to go straight to Admissions Advice, see this Applying to Oxford video. These recordings were made by our colleagues at Worcester College.
- Access Fellow at Jesus College Dr. Matt Williams offers his tips on the Admissions Tests in general and some specific thoughts on the Thinking Skills Assessment.
- Preparing for the PAT 2020 – St Peter’s College is delighted to be funding places on this course for 13 students from the North West of England, thanks to the generosity of one of our MPLS (Maths, Physics and Life Sciences) alumni. These places have now been allocated, and we look forward to supporting these students with an Admissions workshop and a chance for Q&A with current Physics undergraduates.
- Because the 2020 St Peter’s College English Residential wasn’t able to take place, we’ve put together a short video presentation below about studying at the College, and an overview of the process for applying for English at Oxford:
- The Naked Scientists – Podcasts and science radio shows.
- NASA – STEM activities, news, articles and the latest research.
- Nature – World’s leading multidisciplinary science journal.
- The New Scientist – News, podcast, videos for Science.
- The Oxford Science blog – Gives you the inside track on science at Oxford University: the projects, the people, and what's happening behind the scenes.
- The Royal Society – A Fellowship of the world's most eminent scientists and the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. On their You Tube channel you'll find a curated by playlist - a whole set of engaging videos and clips.
- TWDK (Things We Don't Know) – UK-based science education company, which seeks to help improve the public understanding of science. Includes articles and blogs covering various subjects.
- Forbes: Twelve of the best books about Biology
- iBiology – Biology Talks by some of the world’s leading scientists.
- IntoBiology – A website that aims to inform and inspire the next generation of biologists.
- UK Biology Competition – Biology Olympiad KS5
- Listen Notes – A Level Biology podcasts.
- FutureLearn – Online environment and biology courses: explore the natural world, understand the causes and impact of climate change
- ACD Labs Chem Sketch – Free resource for drawing molecules.
- Cambridge Chemistry Challenge – An excellent annual competition for students in Year 12. Past papers, mark schemes and commentaries available.
- Chemguide – A useful website for A level Chemistry. Provides an alternative ‘teacher voice’.
- Chemistry World podcasts – Chemical stories, interviews, news and opinions.
- Podbean – A Level Chemistry Revision podcasts.
- Wothers.com – Engaging series of online videos of lecture-demonstrations from Cambridge
- Ask a Physicist – Look at questions that have been asked before and the answers they have received. Also submit your own.
- Brilliant – Develop quantitative skills in Maths, Physics and computer science thorough questions and challenges - free trial, then charges may apply.
- British Physics Olympiad – Past papers and solutions to physics problem solving questions.
- CERN – Resources to support Physics/engineering and computing.
- Physics.org – ALL News/activities, puzzles, experiments and database of 4000 physics websites.
- Interesting Physics Podcasts
- University of Oxford – Engineering useful resources to support learning.
- BBC Maths documentaries – The History of Maths
- Bletchley park learning resources – Maths and code breaking.
- Dr Frost Maths – Online learning resources including videos and exams questions for all ages.
- Hannah Fry’s Mysterious World of Maths – Documentary series in which Dr Hannah Fry explores the mystery of maths.
- Oxford Mathematics Alphabet – Here you will find members of the Oxford Mathematical Institute writing about engaging mathematical ideas and the latest research.
- Oxford Mathematics Student Lectures – Here you will find lectures from Oxford students covering various topics such as quantum theory, differential equations and introductory calculus.
- Oxford University Maths Lectures available online – A variety of lectures and films on University of Oxford's Mathematical Institute YouTube channel.
- Royal Institution – Masterclasses in Maths computing and engineering.
- Ted Talks – Maths playlist.
- Tom Rocks Maths! – The award-winning maths outreach programme featuring puzzles, videos, podcasts and articles that show maths can be fun!
- Underground Maths – Interesting resources for teaching Maths A Level.
- BBC resources and programmes about Books, Authors and the Arts
- Great Writers Inspire – Collection of lectures, essays and ebooks.
- The Guardian Books website – Reviews contemporary and older literary releases, author biographies and offering discussion boards.
- Hay Festival Podcast – see remixed conversations with the world's greatest writers and thinkers from our festivals around the world.
- The New Yorker – Commentary, criticism, essays, fiction, satire, cartoons, and poetry.
- The London Review of Books – Including blogs, videos and podcasts.
Our Tutor for Portugese, Dr Claire Williams, has shared these recommendations:
- Escape Goat / Bode Inspiratório: a novel written in lockdown, a chapter a day, by 46 Portuguese novelists, translated into English by 46 translators
- The Invention of Brazil – BBC Radio 4
- An Art Lovers Guide to.... Lisbon
- Travel Man: 48 Hours in Lisbon, and Porto (Channel 4 on Demand)
- BBC Brasil – blogs by Oxford students on their year abroad (2014 and 2015)
- Revista Piauí online – a magazine with articles on current affairs and culture
Our Tutor for German, Dr Joanna Neilly, has shared these recommendations:
- Sub-Faculty of German, University of Oxford – showcase of research by undergraduates and tutors - videos, blog posts, etc.
- Neil MacGregor, ‘Germany: Memories of a Nation’ – podcasts that give an excellent introduction to the cultural history of Germany
- Oxford German Classic Prize – an introduction to, and resources about, canonical German literary texts (Goethe’s Faust, Schiller’s Maria Stuart, E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Der Sandmann, Thomas Mann’s Der Tod in Venedig)
- Google German Literature – introduction to a range of German authors from the medieval period to the present day; accessible and all written by academics who are experts on those authors. Includes follow up reading lists for each author, in English and in German
For all things Francophone, our Tutor in French, Prof Daron Burrows, recommends:
- France Inter – journalism, politics, music, humour
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- Biological Sciences
- Earth Sciences (Geology)
- Economics and Management
- Engineering Science
- History of Art
- Modern Languages
- Oriental Studies
- Theology and Religion
- The University of Oxford’s new Digital Resource Hub brings together a huge range of resources to help stimulate thinking and enquiry for students under 16.
- Inspire Digital is an online resource platform for secondary school pupils, with new material, hints and solutions to the questions posted on a regular basis
- Oxplore is a digital outreach portal from the University of Oxford, with debates and ideas that go beyond what is covered in the school classroom. ‘Big questions’ tackle complex ideas across a range of subjects and draw on the latest research at Oxford.
- Adventures on the Bookshelf explores topics related to studying foreign languages, having a year abroad, and studying at Oxford. It's written by staff and students for students at GCSE level, and is updated weekly!
- If you want to stretch yourself while having some fun, check out the quizzes, videos and activities on Oxplore.
- You’ll find lots of fascinating science and maths-based activities on Oxford Sparks. From designing the ultimate paper aeroplane to teaching a computer to doodle, each activity comes with a list of items needed, talking points, and further resources.