Wad-ham Programme

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This is a unique two-year interdisciplinary study scheme run by the Honours Programme in conjunction with Wadham College, Oxford University.

The scheme has been tailor-made by NewVIc, the Wadham access team and lecturers at the university to prepare students for an application to a competitive university and for a successful transition to a university environment.

The theme is Civilisation and Barbarism and over the two years we will examine what we mean by these terms, how definitions of civilisation and barbarism have changed over time and how we can apply these terms to different areas of study across the humanities and social sciences. Examples of previous seminars include, ‘Russia: East meets West’, ‘Leadership and Hierarchy in Small Scale Human Societies and Mammals’, ‘Notions of Civilisation and Barbarism in Homer’s Odyssey’ and ‘Judges, Law and Sensitive Public Policy’.

All seminars are run by Oxford lecturers and take place on a fortnightly basis in Oxford, from November until March during the first year of A-level. We also run a three-day study skills residential at Oxford over Easter, where students have the opportunity to apply for the Oxford Classics Summer School. During these residential visits, you will also take part in cultural activities including trips to museums, theatres and art galleries.

This scheme is open to a number of colleges and sixth form colleges across Newham. Only NewVIc Honours students are eligible to apply from within Newham Sixth Form College. Interested students will complete an application form in October and we will then select students to be invited for interview.

Above all, this course will widen your intellectual horizons. It may well inform the rest of your curriculum, but we hope it will help you to go beyond your A-levels – leading you towards undergraduate levels of thinking and working. The firm expectation is that you will prepare seminar or class notes on a weekly basis. Recommended reading for each class means that we shall expect you to fulfil the obligation to come to the seminar with something to contribute. Students are required to maintain a log and notes from every formal session, but there is no formal examination. The sessions are designed to be interactive, engaging and academically challenging.

As part of the programme we also run workshops on making a competitive application, including writing personal statements, admissions test practice and interview preparation.