Online History Skills Workshops

The History Faculty offers free online History Skills Workshops to state secondary school, sixth form and FE college pupils in years 12 & 13 from across the UK.

Each workshop has four aims:

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

Practical information

History skills workshops last about an hour and are held online via Microsoft Teams. You will require access to a computer, tablet or smartphone with the Microsoft Teams App or a browser that is compatible with Microsoft Teams in order to attend the session.

All history skills workshops are interactive. As part of a presentation, you 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:

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

Upcoming Workshops

Information about upcoming workshops will appear here.



The History Faculty’s outreach programme seeks to challenge educational inequalities across the UK. To find out more, email For information about other Oxford University outreach activities, including UNIQ summer schools, Oxplore digital learning resources, and teacher conferences, see: