Sixth Former Eliot Beeby has won a place to study Classics at a summer school run by Oxford University. The course will include daily lectures, study time, meetings with tutors and the opportunity to experience student life in one of the best-regarded universities in the world.
This year 4,400 students applied for just 850 places on courses offered on the university’s Uniq scheme. Egyptology and Oncology were just two of the 30 subjects that students could apply to study. Preference was given to students from areas of the UK that have the fewest successful applications to Oxford.
According to the website, participants on the Classics summer school can expect: ‘language classes every morning in Latin and Greek, followed by introductory lectures on a range of topics that will be studied as if on a Classics degree at undergraduate level, covering such subjects as literature, history and politics, ancient Italy, along with trips to visit relevant collections in the Ashmolean museum. We will also give participants a topic for a written assignment, the assignment will then be discussed in a tutorial with an academic in Classics at the end of the week.’
Eliot, from Year 12, completed a detailed application and personal statement describing his GCSE qualifications, current studies and extra-curricular interests. As well as studying for A Levels in Philosophy and Ethics, history, maths and German, Eliot plays the piano and performs with Stagecoach and Kettering Operatic Society. He is interested in studying Classics, philosophy or theology at university and said: ‘I found out about the courses from Mr Witt who advised me on my application and personal statement. I have visited Oxford before and am really pleased to have been offered this place. The Classics course may cover history, myths, philosophy and maybe some art so it will be a taster of different areas. We will be attending proper lectures and tutorials as well as social events, so it will be an amazing opportunity to experience a little of student life at Oxford.’