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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 the providers listed below.

Online Lectures And Talks For General Or Sixth Form Audience

Bristol Festival of Ideas has a full index of its talks at

Bristol University have produced lots of resources, including online lectures, to support students in exploring HE options or super-curricular research. You can sign up for access to these at

Another fantastic reservoir of free online lectures to add power to your University personal statement can be found through Gresham College at

Swansea University has a great range of webinars related to the full range of Uni course they offer and wider issues at

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.

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

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

Online Courses For General Audience

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…

Podcast / Radio Programmes With Academic Focus

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.

Learning Focused Websites

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

News Sites

Online Journals, Magazines And Academic Articles

Free Online University Courses


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