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The Power of Super-Curricular Activities at A-Level

One of the best ways you stand out during your Sixth Form studies is through the amount of independent study you undertake outside of the classroom. Regardless of your future plans, the ability to extend yourself and research independently into your interests is an invaluable skill – this will support your exam performance and your future university and job applications. All universities expect more than just classroom knowledge, which is where super-curricular activities come in; these are academic enrichment tasks that show you are interested in your studies beyond what is on the school syllabus.

How to engage in super-curricular activities that are specific to your subject:

Here is some examples of resources that can get you started:

  1. Textbooks and Web resources written for your course and endorsed by your exam board. These can be used to make extra notes and provide alternative diagrams, graphs and practice questions. Your teacher will let you know which exam board and specification you are studying and recommend the best course textbooks.
  2. Magazines. The Sixth Form Library has several magazine subscriptions, ranging from Social Sciences to the Physical Sciences. Your teachers has specifically subscribed to these magazines, as they can be useful for your wider understanding of your subject area.
  3. YouTube. Extra-curricular engagements can also be introduced through videos and TV programmes. YouTube channels, such as TedTalks, can be a great introduction into reading around your subject. 
  4. Podcasts. Listening to podcasts can be a good way of learning on the go.
  5. TV Programmes. Watching TV programmes that cover material from your subjects can be a great way to contextualise the topics that you learn. They can also show the real world application and the use of these topics. Within the Sixth Form Library, there are multiple displays showing a range of TV programmes that may feature the topics in your subjects. 

Super-curricular Resources for your subjects:

Social Sciences:

Websites

YouTube

Podcasts

TV Shows

Seneca

www.tutor2u.net

www.bbc.co.uk/news/economics

Tutor2u.

Real Life Lore

TedTalks.

BBC ideas

Earn & Invest

Smart People Podcast

Netflix: A digital business under pressure

BBC: Lightbulb moments and how to have them

BBC News

For Economics

For Business

Websites

YouTube

Podcasts

TV Shows

Seneca

www.bized.co.uk 

www.businesscasestudies.co.uk

www.bbc.co.uk/news/business

Tutor2u.

Study Rocket

BBC ideas

A level politics UK and global podcast

BBC News

Netflix: 13th

For Politics:

Websites

YouTube

Podcasts

TV Shows

Seneca

www.tutor2u.net

Tutor2u.

Bizconsesh

BBC ideas

Level Up! Your Business, Life & Mind

BBC: Netflix and the race for eyeballs

BBC: Lightbulb moments and how to have them

BBC News/ Sky News

For Psychology:

Websites

YouTube

Podcasts

TV Shows

Seneca

http://www.bps.org.uk

http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/neurok.html 

CrashCourse.

Psych Boost.

TedTalks.

BBC Radio: why do certain chords make us feel sad?

BBC Radio: Inside the brain of a 5 year old

BBC radio 4: How can you feel less lonely?

Netflix: How the brain Works

Netflix: 100 humans.

Netflix: Broken

For Sociology:

Websites

YouTube

Podcasts

TV Shows

Seneca

http://www.sociology.org.uk/

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/glance/ 

http://www.ruthssociology.com

CrashCourse.

TheTEACHERSOCIOLOGY

TedTalks.

BBC ideas

Things Police See: First Hand Accounts

Smart People Podcast

Sociology (AQA)

Netflix: 100 humans.

BBC 3: Louis Theroux Documentary series

BBC 3: Stacey Dooley Documentary series

BBC: Panorama

For Geography:

Websites

YouTube

Podcasts

TV Shows

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/a-level/geography

http://www.edexcel.com/subjects/Geography

/Pages/Useful-websites.aspx

http://www.georesources.co.uk/indexalevel.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science_and_environment

Seneca

CrashCourse.

Vienna’s A-level Geography channel.

TedTalks.

BBC ideas

Revise – A Level Geography Revision

Ask the geographer

BBC World Service: Earthquake architecture

BBC World Service: Caring for river

BBC World Service: Water, water, everywhere.

For History:

Websites

YouTube

Podcasts

TV Shows

Seneca

www.activehistory.co.uk

http://www.history.org.uk/resources/student_page_1868.html    

CrashCourse.

A Level Tudor History

TedTalks.

BBC ideas

Reflecting History

History Geek

Channel 4: Henry V’s Wives

Channel 4: The reformation

Netflix: Secrets of Hampton Court

For Philosophy and Ethics:

Websites

YouTube

Podcasts

TV Shows

Seneca

www.bbc.co.uk/religion

www.iep.utm.edu

CrashCourse.

Philosophy and Ethics

TedTalks.

BBC ideas

Philosophize This!

Bit Depth

Netflix: 100 humans.

BBC: Sea of Faith

Physical Sciences:

For Computer Science

Websites

YouTube

Podcasts

TV Shows

http://www.tnmoc.org/ 

http://pcpro.com

http://www.theregister.co.uk/

Computer Science Tutor

TedTalks.

BBC ideas

The Disruptors

Level Design Lobby

BBC 4: Alex Krotski explores the digital world

BBC 4: UK gaming

BBC 4: Rescue

For Physics:

Websites

YouTube

Podcasts

TV Shows

Seneca

www.physicsworld.com

www.sixtysymbols.com

DrPhysicsA

TedTalks.

Get Revising

BBC ideas

The Disruptors

BBC: Space junk

BBC: Space holiday

BBC: Brief history of thinking

For Sport Science + PE:

Websites

YouTube

Podcasts

TV Shows

www.mypeexam.com 

www.sportengland.org 

www.brianmac.co.uk

James Morris.

Open Sky Fitness Podcast

Sky sports

BBC Sports

For Biology + Chemistry

Websites

YouTube

Podcasts

TV Shows

Biology:

http://www.ibiblio.org/virtualcell/index.html

  

http://www.accessexcellence.org/RC/VL/GG

http://www.uq.oz.au/nanoworld

http://www.dnai.org/a/index.html

http://nature.com

http://royalsociety.org

http://www.nhm.ac.uk 

http://www.bmj.com

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science_and_environment

Chemistry:

www.rsc.org.uk

www.icheme.org

www.chemguide.co.uk

TedTalks.

Science with Katie

Get Revising

Martyn Poliakoff

BBC 4: chemistry of addiction

BBC ideas

The Disruptors

BBC: Inside science

BBC: Science betrayed

BBC: Operation Ouch!

Maths, English and Languages: 

For Maths

Websites

YouTube

Podcasts

TV Shows

Seneca

http://mathsbank.co.uk/

https://archive.org/details/

http://patrickjmt.com/

TL Maths

patrickJMT

The NCETM Maths Podcast

Math ED

Breaking Math

BBC: Maths of the Corona Virus

BBC: The Maths of Life

BBC: The Simpsons and Maths

For English Literature + English Language:

Websites

YouTube

Podcasts

TV Shows

Seneca

http://www.universalteacher.org.uk/

http://www.phon.ucl.ac.uk/    

www.englishlangsfx.blogspot.com/

The British Library.

Tim Nance

MASSOLIT

Seneca

BBC Podcasts

Audiopi

BBC: Wasted on some: Queen’ English

For Languages:

Websites

YouTube

Podcasts

TV Shows

Dualingo

www.bonjourdefrance.com

Easy Languages.

La Vérité éclate toujours – Advanced audio drama from Coffee Break

Babbel

Google: Épicerie Fine

Google: Des soucis et des hommes[

The Arts

For Media + production:

Websites

YouTube

Podcasts

www.cello.press.

https://www.craftscouncil.org.uk

Design Cuts.

SketchbookHeroes

Level Design Lobby

For Health + social care:

Websites

YouTube

Podcasts

https://www.nhs.uk/

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).

CrashCourse

HealthChangers

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