History Skills Workshops

Oxford University’s History Faculty offers History Skills Workshops to state secondary schools across the UK.

Each workshop has five aims:

  • To inspire curiosity about the past and enthusiasm for studying history.
  • To develop students’ abilities to analyse primary sources in depth.
  • To work with teachers to enrich the history curriculum.
  • To help students to develop the analytical, critical, and imaginative skills that Russell Group universities look for in applicants for humanities degrees.
  • To inform and encourage students to consider applying to read history at Oxford University.

Practical information

History skills workshops last about an hour. They are designed to develop the academic skills of keen students in Years 10-13.

We welcome requests for online workshops, which will normally be delivered via Microsoft Teams. All workshops are free to state schools in the UK. To enquire about booking a workshop for your school please get in touch - outreach@history.ox.ac.uk

All history skills workshops are interactive. As part of a presentation, students will debate how historians should interpret thought-provoking primary sources, and will have time to ask questions about history, applying to university, and Oxford.

The workshops develop the skills that are tested by Oxford University’s undergraduate admissions process, including the History Aptitude Test (HAT) and admissions interviews. To find out more about applying to study history at Oxford, see: https://www.history.ox.ac.uk/undergraduate-admissions

Workshops are taught by historians who are researching PhDs at Oxford and who have been trained to work with schools. Ambassadors are also able to put you in touch with admissions co-ordinators at Oxford who can provide further individual guidance to potential Oxford applicants.


           The close reading of a source and working through it with students worked really well. It modelled high level thinking - so much more than we could do - and really gave the students a sense of the standard of Oxford and the fascination of the history.

Teacher Feedback.

For state secondary schools across the UK. Funded by the University of Oxford.


The History Faculty’s outreach programme seeks to challenge educational inequalities across the UK.

To find out more, email outreach@history.ox.ac.uk.

For information about other Oxford University outreach activities, including UNIQ summer schools, Oxplore digital learning resources, and teacher conferences, see: ox.ac.uk/access.