Welcome to Staircase12, an online hub of resources and information for students thinking about applying to top universities. You’ll find plenty of ideas here for stretching yourself beyond the school syllabus.

If you want to learn a bit more about why exploring your subject beyond school is important, and see some top tips for going about it, take a look at our Explore Your Subject page.

Reading Bank

You may have been told you need to “read around the subject”, but might not be sure where to start (or just think reading is really boring). If that’s the case then our Reading Bank is for you. It’s full of reviews by Univ students and some tutors too of books that they’d recommend to students considering applying to study their subject at uni.

Explore our book reviews for Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences, Medical Sciences and Social Sciences or take a look at the full range of reviews on our Reading Bank.

Here are four of this month’s favourites:


Resources Hub

Exploring your subject isn’t just about reading. There are resources all over the internet to help you engage with your subject interest and stretch yourself beyond the school syllabus. Check out our Resource Hub of links for ideas of lectures, podcasts, online courses, articles, blogs and much more. Or explore our specific resources for Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences, Medical Sciences or Social Sciences.

If you’re stuck for where to start, here are some of our favourites from this month (each resource opens in a new window):

a stack of books on a window ledge with a plantStaircase12 Book Box

Univ’s Staircase12 Book Box project is designed to improve students’ access to physical resources to help them explore their subject interests further. Find out more about it on our Book Box page.


Further Information

Do you have further questions about applying to Oxford or about exploring your subject beyond school? Do you have a suggestion for a resource that it would be useful for us to share on Staircase12? Then please get in touch – E:

Students: why not also explore our Courses at Univ pages or meet the tutors on our Academics A-Z pages. You may also want to take a look at Univ’s Study Day programme for Year 12 students; yet another way you can explore your subject beyond school.

Teachers: check out the events and resources we have for you here.

Why not follow all of the latest news from Staircase12 on Twitter – or keep up with all things Univ on the College social media channels:

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