Hi! I’m Rosie, and I’m studying English Language and Literature at Corpus.

I am really enjoying the course, as I’ve already had the chance to study so much literature that I hadn’t encountered before. Studying here may seem daunting at first, but, as long as you enjoy your subject and are willing to put the effort in, you’ll be fine. Aside from the academics, Corpus is a really great community, and it didn’t take me long to settle in. I was nervous that I’d struggle to fit in, but this was definitely not the case! Everyone at Corpus is so lovely - be that staff or students, so it was very easy to feel I belong.

There are lots of societies and clubs to get involved in, both at college level and University level, which can be a great way to make new friends. On the welfare aspect, Corpus has a large team of people who are always ready to help, from welfare ambassadors (students) to specific welfare tutors (staff).

As a first-generation university student, and coming from a deprived area with little progression to university, I was always apprehensive about the process of applying. I wasn’t originally going to apply to Oxford, not feeling I fit the “Oxford type” or due to the fear of not getting in. But I’m so glad I took the plunge and went for it, as I wouldn’t have met the people I’ve met now or be studying the things I’m studying, had I not applied! I’ve met so many like-minded people and have realised that life at Oxford doesn’t have to just be about work - there is plenty of time for social activities too.

I first fell in love with Oxford at an open day. Having not been inclined to apply originally, I went very close to the UCAS1 deadline, but as soon as I got to Oxford I realised I’d made the right choice in attending an open day. Although I didn’t visit Corpus on the day, I did a lot of research at home and decided that Corpus was for me. This was confirmed when I attended interviews, as I immediately fell in love with it. The atmosphere was great - everyone seemed friendly - and the surroundings were ideal. It’s just a short walk from the city centre, but also from Christ Church Meadow. You get the best of both worlds!

The course itself is designed to give you a wide knowledge of literature through history. In first year, you’ll study Introductions to Language and Literature; Literature from 650-1350, Literature in 1830-1910 and Literature in 1910-Present. At Corpus, although you have to study works from within the given time periods, you’re given a degree of flexibility within this - you can shape tutorials based on your interests, and have the opportunity to be taught by tutors who are specialists in their fields!

My biggest advice would be that if you’re nervous about applying, just go for it! I was in that position once and realised that my decision to apply was the best decision I’ve made. Good luck with your application, and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Notes

1 UCAS is the admissions service through which you submit your university application.

Resources

Resources categorised by subject and by Key Stage, as well as materials for applying to Oxford and finding out more about Corpus, can be found here.