Culture and History
Application Level Course
Length of Each Tutorial: 1 Hour
Recommended Age: Prospective Student
Course Summary: Oxford University is the oldest university in Britain and, over nine hundred years of excellence, has become one of the greatest universities in the world. Each year thousands of the world’s best and brightest students apply for a coveted place.
It is this very history that makes some of Oxford’s unique culture so confusing for new students: what does it mean to matriculate? When do I have to wear a gown and what kind? My friend says he "got blades at summer eights"... what does he mean?
Oxford University, Culture and History gives you a head start, preparing you for your arrival and explaining in advance all the quirks and codes of this unique institution. Scroll down for more information.
What You Receive
5 One-on-one Tutorials
with an Expert Tutor
Interactive and Engaging Exercises and Prompts for Further Study
Lesson Recap Booklet to Save or Print
Report Card with Personal Appraisal from Tutor
Tutor(s): This course is taught by several Canis Major tutors, depending on availability, each of whom has studied at Oxford University and holds a postgraduate degree. Please make an enquiry and we will send you the profiles of the tutors who are currently teaching this course.
Tutorial 1: Introduction to Oxford University; it’s peculiar place in English history
Tutorial 2: Codes and Characters; who you’ll meet and how they’ll speak
Tutorial 3: Matriculation to Graduation; the experience of being a student
Tutorial 4: Weird and Wonderful; the museums and culture of Oxford
Tutorial 5: Wooden Ducks and May Day Songs; the oddest traditions of Oxford
How it Works
Get in touch (below) and let us know which course you are interested in
We will put you in touch with the tutor(s), to schedule the hours of the course around a timetable that is convenient for you.
Your tutor is paid directly through bank transfer*
Tutorials are completed
Student receives an e-certificate and report card
*please note that course fees must be paid in full before the second tutorial has been completed after which refunds cannot be given.
This course is intended to expand a student’s understanding of the topic, cultivate crucial academic skills, and serve as a demonstration of their commitment to learning and capacity for autodidactic study. It is thus the ideal complement to a university application; it cannot be substituted for any necessary element of an application, but it may enhance a student’s overall portfolio. The tutor’s comments in the personalised report received upon completion of the course may be used as references or quotes in an application process.