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.
We ask most applicants in History and Modern Languages to send us three examples of recent written work, which may be discussed at interview. Two 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 an ab initio language should only send two essays, on historical topics. Where particular difficulties exist, we are always able to suggest other kinds of work which may help us in our assessment.
In addition, applicants for a post-A level language will sit the short at-interview assessment, taken in College by all applicants to the Modern and Medieval Languages course, based on a short text in English that we will supply. For post-A level language candidates, 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. For applicants to study a language from scratch, the hour-long assessment will assess aptitude for language learning, the ability to understand an intellectual argument and writing in English. No special preparation or prior knowledge is required. Candidates should expect at least two interviews, one for History (with a short text to consider beforehand) and one for the target language (usually with a short text to consider beforehand. Candidates should be prepared to discuss their relevant interests and potential directions they may wish to follow.