Welcome to Staircase12, University College Oxford's online hub of resources for students aiming high at school and thinking about applying to top universities. You'll find plenty of resources to help you develop your interests, book reviews from current undergrads to help you 'read around' your subject, ideas for stretching yourself beyond the school syllabus (now an essential for entry to highly selective universities) and some stuff about student life at Univ for good measure.


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Check out this page for all the courses Oxford offers at Undergraduate level. Some of them may surprise you!


Confusingly, not all the Oxford Colleges offer all the subjects offered by the university. It's no good choosing a college that doesn't teach your subject- so if you’re trying...

Oxford Sparks

Oxford Sparks brings to life science research going on at the University of Oxford. Find interesting articles, podcasts and more!

Oxford dictionaries blog

If you're interested in word meaning or etymology the Blog from Oxford Dictionaries will be right up your street. Subjects range from the difference between 'license' and '...


This book tackles the question of why history unfolded so differently in different parts of the world. A great intro to bits of history you might not have come across at school...


William Shakespeare's famous tragedy King Lear actually exists in two versions; the earlier 'quarto' version and the later version which was published in the First Folio, the...