To understand what studying a subject is like at university, it is important that you read, watch and listen to materials beyond the school curriculum. You'll notice that subjects are sometimes grouped a little differently than in school.
As well as helping to get a feel for your a subject, demonstrating that you have engaged beyond the school curriculum is crucial to a great application. If you are applying to the most selective universities, this should be seen as a requirement.
Think about the person who is assessing your UCAS statement. Yours will be one of the hundreds that they review. They will be looking evidence that you have a sincere interest and that you can offer an interesting point of view.
You will be in a strong position to write convincingly if you can refer to one or two key articles, podcasts or TED talks that you found interesting. Having wider experience of your subject will help you stand out!
Using this library can be particularly helpful in two steps of the ReachUni programme.
First, during the 'Explore' step, the library includes content that you can read, watch and listen to understand what studying a subject might be like at university. We would advise looking through the Explore activities any time from Year 9 onwards.
Second, during the 'Stretch' step, the library also includes a range of activities that you can do to develop your experience ahead of applying. We would advise doing the Stretch activities in late Year 12 or early Year 13.
Click here for a PDF version of our Subject Reading Lists