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.
Your UCAS statement will be one of hundreds they review. They will be looking evidence that you have a sincere interest in your subject and have gone beyond the classroom curriculum. By choosing a few of the below, 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!
First, during the 'Explore' step, the library includes short 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 in late Y12 or early Y13.
Click here for a PDF version of our Subject Reading Lists