Super-curricular Study

‘Super-curricular’ is different from extra-curricular (hobbies and enriching activities) in that it is about stretching yourself academically beyond the narrow A Level syllabus, and it is something all the best A Level students will be doing. When we say you should be working an hour independently for every hour in class this is a big part of what you should be doing.


Step 1: Take a look at our wider reading list for each subject in this document

 

Step 2: Consider using some of the following news, journal, lecture and research site links, or taking on a ‘MOOC’ (massive open online course) from one of these providers:


• Bristol Festival of Ideas has a full index of its talks at https://www.bristolideas.co.uk/attend/

Another fantastic reservoir of free online lectures to add power to your University personal statement can be found through Gresham College at https://www.gresham.ac.uk/

• Swansea University has a great range of webinars related to the full range of Uni course they offer and wider issues at https://www.swansea.ac.uk/study/webinar-series/

• Speakers for Schools run an excellent series of online talks relating to particular areas of work through the year. The full list is at Upcoming Broadcasts - Speakers for Schools.

 

Useful links

Some useful links to help with your studies.

TED Talks – videos and transcripts of inspirational talks by leading subject experts.

The Faculties – videos and podcasts of English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, History and Psychology lectures from UK universities.

In Our Time archive - a vast range of radio discussions between academic experts on almost everything imaginable – listen online or download as MP3 files to play on the move.

 

Futurelearn - browse the online free courses on a wide range of subjects – all provided by Universities and constantly updated with courses that are linked to a wide range of A-level courses and beyond…

 

Loopa - a great resource for students studying and revising A-level Psychology.

 

BBC News online

 

Al Jazeera English 


CNN online


The Economist


The New Statesman magazine


The Financial Times online


The Financial Times (for secondary schools) - our school is registered to enable access to full content from within the school. You are also encouraged to register yourself for updates at https://join.ft.com/f52def46-bc77-4211-9095-0c292609f469


The New Scientist - we have subscriber access to the full archive with the login available from the 6th Form librarian


The New Internationalist - we have subscriber access to the full archive with the login available from the 6th Form librarian


Michael Sandel’s ‘Justice’ course – the most popular Uni course in the world, both at Harvard (everyone goes) and on-line – covers the nature of morality and justice


Coursera - free online courses from a range of Universities


MIT - free online courses from MIT


EDX - free online courses from a range of Universities

 

Khan Academy - free online courses on all sorts of things


Yale - free online courses from Yale


iTunes U - accessible via itunes and containing courses from everywhere, including loads from Oxford University


HE+ - a website put together by Cambridge University to support 6th form students in all subjects with wider reading and applications (not just for Cambridge)


Staircase 12 - a website put together by University College, Oxford to support students considering HE applications (not just Oxford) - contains interviews and book reviews from current students


Oxford University podcasts 


Cambridge University audio and video lectures 


Directory of Open Access Journals


CrashCourse on YouTube is fantastic for lots of subjects, parcelling them up into 10 minute videos including nice animation


IFL Science - well worth following for updates on science stories 

 

Further links to reading resources are contained in the SMRT Sixth Form reading list available below.