As this is a course combining History and Modern Languages, candidates will share parts of their assessment with applicants for History and other parts with applicants for Modern and Medieval Languages.
All applicants for History and Modern Languages across the University will be asked to sit the pre-interview written assessment taken by History applicants and which is sat at their school, college or local testing centre on 2nd November. These will form part of our holistic assessment of candidates' achievements, abilities and potential and are no more, and no less important than any of the other pieces of information considered during the admissions process. Registration for this assessment closes on 15th October. Further information can be found on the University website.
We ask most applicants in History and Modern Languages to send us two examples of recent written work, which may be discussed at interview. One of the essays should be on a historical topic, and one should be in the language you intend to study. Candidates applying for History with ab initio Russian should only send one essay, on a historical topic. Where particular difficulties exist, we are always able to suggest other kinds of work which may help us in our assessment.
In addition, applicants will sit the short at-interview assessment taken by all applicants to the Modern and Medieval Languages course, except those applying for Russian ab initio. Applicants for post-A-level languages will also take a written assessment in College, based on a short text in English that we will supply. This hour-long assessment is designed to assess writing skills in a foreign language, the ability to understand an intellectual argument, and to write in English. No special preparation or prior knowledge is required. Applicants for languages from scratch will be assessed for language aptitude in interview.. Candidates should expect at least two interviews, one in each subject, both with a short text to consider beforehand. Candidates should be prepared to discuss their relevant interests and potential directions they may wish to follow.