Cultural experiences range from visiting an art gallery or a museum to attending a concert. These different experiences enhance our cultural capacity and help us to gain a wider knowledge of the world.

While these experiences can be used as a form of rest and relaxation, educational benefits can also be gained. For example, in history, if you are studying Apartheid in South Africa, there are numerous films, books and exhibitions that can help to reinforce a higher level of understanding about the subject. For example, Invictus, directed by Clint Eastwood, or the autobiography of Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and last year’s exhibition at the South Bank, Mandela: The Official Exhibition.

It’s really important to bear this in mind, when you’re applying to university. These institutions encourage study beyond the curriculum in order to show your passion for a subject. According to the UCAS website “The personal statement is an important part of your UCAS application. It’s your chance to describe your ambitions, skills, and experience to university and college admissions staff.” Here are a few ideas of how to widen your subject knowledge if you are studying A Level history with Edexcel.

Top three exhibitions and museums:

• Hampton Court Palace, London

• The Holocaust Exhibition at the Imperial War Museum London

• Black Power Exhibition at Tate Modern, London