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ยป Christ Church Yr12 Study Afternoons 2013

Christ Church Yr12 Study Afternoons 2013

Christ Church will be holding subject-specific study afternoons on the 18th June for year 12 students who are interested in applying to Oxford University to study Ancient History, Classics, Maths, Music, or Theology and Religion.

The study afternoons will run from 12 noon to 4.30 pm, and will include lunch, a session on making an application to Oxford University, a tour of the college and Q&A session with current undergraduates, followed by two academic sessions with college tutors in each subject, and a final round up over tea and biscuits. If you are travelling a long distance, limited overnight accommodation may be available. Christ Church also has some funds available to reimburse travel costs if there is a need for such assistance.

To apply for a place, please submit a completed on-line application form by the 26th May 2013. In the case of oversubscription, places will be awarded on the basis of academic record, predicted grades, and the school’s record of sending applicants to Oxford University. It is unlikely that more than two places per subject will be awarded to students from the same school.

If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions and Access Officer at


Classics and Ancient History

Dr Anna Clark (Tutor in Ancient History) and Dr Richard Rutherford (Tutor in Greek and Latin Literature) will begin by explaining some of the principal features of the two major courses, Classics and Classical Archaeology and Ancient History (CAAH). There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions. They will then move on to give contrasting samples of the kind of thing involved—a mini-lecture on a major classical text (Homer’s Odyssey), plus an exercise exploring visual and archaeological evidence (the Forum of Augustus). You will be expected to participate in the second exercise (join them in exploring the forum!), and reactions, comments, questions will be welcome on both.

This event is for anyone interested in studying either of these subjects at University. Prior knowledge of Latin or Greek is NOT required. However, studying for an A-level in History or a similar subject would be helpful.


Theology and Religion

Prof. Sarah Foot (Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History) will lead the afternoon with sessions given by Dr Sarah Apetrei (Departmental Lecturer and Faculty Schools Liaison Officer) and Dr John Perry (Career Development Fellow at Christ Church).  Sarah Apetrei will be teaching a "Witchcraft in Early Modern Christianity" class which involves text work. This session offers an introduction to the great European witch-hunts of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, examining the contexts for the persecutions, the ideas and theories which underpinned them, and the explanations offered by historians for the witch craze. Students will be introduced to key themes in the theory of witchcraft such as possession, the pact with the Devil, the witch's Sabbath and the apocalypse, through visual material and source texts from the period. John Perry will deliver a lecture entitled “What’s Wrong, and Right, with Mixing Religion and Politics?”

Applicants must be taking at least one essay-based A-level subject and be interested in studying Theology at University.



Two of the Maths tutors at Christ Church, Dr Kevin McGerty (a specialist in geometric representation theory) and Dr Kit Yates (whose focus is Mathematical Biology) hope to give students a chance to experience how mathematics is taught at Oxford. At A-level, much of the emphasis in the subject is on learning how to use various mathematical techniques, whereas at university the emphasis shifts more to understanding the theories that underlie these techniques. The students will get to attend lectures and classes (in the spirit of tutorials, though by necessity in larger groups than normal) where the maths tutors will discuss topics which, while only using core A level material, are in the spirit of university-level mathematics.

Applicants must be taking/have taken A-level Maths and be interested in studying Maths and/or related subjects at University. There are a limited number of spaces available so a second afternoon may be held on Thursday 20th June if required. Please indicate on the application form if you would be available for both dates.



The academic sessions will be run by the two Music tutors at Christ Church, Professor Jonathan Cross (a specialist in the music of Igor Stravinsky) and Dr Stephen Darlington (organist and director of the Christ Church Cathedral Choir), assisted by current Music students. One session will focus on issues relating to the understanding of 20th- and 21st-century music. You will be sent some reading to think about in advance. The other session will be more practical, where in small groups you will be invited to respond to some simple but thought-provoking compositional exercises.

Applicants must be taking/have taken A-level Music and be interested in studying Music at University.

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