Yr11 Online Transition Sessions June/July 2021

Sorry but booking for our online transition to A level sessions for Yr11 students has now closed.  Information for students who have already applied is below. 

If you have any questions please email: grahamcolman@inspirationtrust.org.

We’re really pleased to present these online transition sessions to support you in preparation for A level study. These sessions will be taught live and online by teachers from across Jane Austen College and Sir Isaac Sixth Form. They will commence on Monday 14 June for a period of four weeks and consist of a series of two one-hour, or one two-hour, session(s) a week for most of our subjects.

Sessions will be delivered over Google Meet and be interactive. You will need a desk, pen and paper to take part. You can attend as many or as few subjects as you wish to and you are not required to attend every session for each subject. For example, if you feel happy with a particular topic then you are welcome to miss that session and just attend those that you wish to.

As part of these sessions, you will have the opportunity to experience A Level teaching, practise key skills and ask any questions you may have.

The weekly schedule of sessions is as below...

  Mon Tues Weds Thurs Fri
1050 - 1150   Maths     Physics
1150 - 1250   Chemistry     Biology
1050 - 1250 Sociology
Music
Spanish
Graphics
History
German
Classics
English Literature
English Language
Law
1330 - 1430   Biology     Chemistry
1430 - 1530   Physics     Maths
1330 - 1530 Politics French
Philosophy
Psychology Music Tech
Geography
Drama
Art

Topics covered in each of the subject sessions will be as below. 

Subject information for maths and science sessions are on the Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form website here.

Art

Art

The Art A-Level course allows students to further develop and master skills learnt at GCSE and encounter new media, techniques and methods of working. You will build on your knowledge of materials and practices, develop further your interpretive and analytical powers, and explore your imaginative and creative potential.
 
Session 1 Research & Setting Intentions
Session 2 Experimentation & Refinement
Session 3 Recording & Critique
Session 4 Realising Intentions

Classics

Classics

The study of ancient civilisations opens a window to a world thousands of years old and yet which remains completely relevant to our lives today. Classical Civilisation focuses on the civilisations of Greece and Rome, and is a wide-ranging subject involving the study of literature, material culture, ancient thought and ideas, and the ancient historical context, all of which remain apparent in our culture and society.
 
Session 1 Reception theory and Classics today
Session 2 Mythology
Session 3 The Trojan War
Session 4 Homer and Society

Drama

Drama

Drama A-Level encourages students through creativity, focusing on practical work which reflects 21st century theatre practice, and developing skills that will support progression to further study of drama and a wide range of other subjects.
 
Session 1-4 Exploring a practitioner’s influence on theatre

English Language

English Language

As part of the English Language course, you will study the ways in which language varies, depending on the contexts of production and reception, and explore how language choices can create personal identities, as well as how language changes over time. In addition, you will study the development of both speech and writing in children from birth to eight years old. The course focuses on the spoken language acquisition of children and how children learn to write. You also complete ‘coursework’, where you have the opportunity to write creatively using a genre of your choice.
 
Session 1 Exploring the impact of gender upon text types (narrative texts)
Session 2 Exploring the impact of gender upon text types (comic books)
Session 3 & 4 Creative Writing

English Literature

English Literature

As part of A Level English Literature, we will explore a range of texts from different times and genres, focusing on the theme of ‘Love Through the Ages’ in year 12 and ‘The Literature of Modern Times’ in Y13. We consider the big themes: love, death, conflict, identity, gender, class...and so many more! If you love reading, and love to challenge yourself, then Literature is the A Level for you.
 
Session 1-4 Love Through the Ages

French

French

This course will not only help you to develop confident, effective communication skills in this important world language, but also give you a thorough understanding of the culture, and an opportunity to study the geography, history, and literature of countries and communities where French is spoken. It will develop your interest in, and enthusiasm for language learning and will encourage you to consider your study of the language in a broader context.
 
Session 1 News and current affairs
Session 2 Grammar
Session 3 Cultural research project
Session 4 Presentations

Geography

Geography

This course will help you develop knowledge about locations, places, processes and environments, at all geographical scales from local to global. You will investigate physical processes such as water and carbon cycles, coastal systems, and landscapes. You will explore human processes like global systems and governance, population and environments.
 
Session 1 Are TNCs a cause of climate change or a solution?
Session 2 To what extent could the Covid-19 pandemic have lasting impacts on the natural world?
Session 3 How sustainable is adventure tourism in the Himalayas?
Session 4 How sustainable is sustainable energy?

German

German

This course will give you an opportunity to develop effective and confident communication skills as well as foster your interest in and enthusiasm for language learning, giving you a solid foundation for further study of this highly valued world language.
 
Session 1 News and current affairs
Session 2 Grammar
Session 3 Cultural research project
Session 4 Presentations

Graphics

Graphics

This course is centred on the following design areas: branding/logo, illustration, multimedia, packaging, and typography. You will use a range of graphical techniques in various projects and study the work of leading graphic designers.
 
Session 1 Research & Setting Intentions
Session 2 Experimentation & Refinement
Session 3 Recording & Critique
Session 4 Realising Intentions

History

History

Studying history allows students to study change, continuity, cause and consequence in a pivotal century in British History and the world. We also include an in depth study of the evolving course of international relations during the Cold War, an era of tension between communist and capitalist powers which threatened nuclear Armageddon.
 
Session 1 & 2 Industry
Session 3 & 4 Cold War

Law

Law

The study of Law is hugely important for many reasons. Whilst students will be able to use their analytical and critical thinking skills, they will also be challenged to think about the many different spheres of law that exists, as well as whether law exists to serve public morality, whether laws should be made or simply interpreted by judges, and how justice is achieved in the English Legal System.
 
Session 1 What is criminal law?
Session 2 What is human rights law?
Session 3 How does the English legal system work?
Session 4 What is tort law?

Music

Music

The A-Level Music course builds on students’ understanding of the key areas explored in GCSE music: listening and appraising, composition and performance.
 
Session 1 Introducing theory and harmony
Session 2 What is the Symphony?
Session 3 Introduction to Rock and Pop
Session 4 Introduction to the early 20th Century

Music Technology

Music Technology

A-Level Music Technology gives students an understanding of use and application of production techniques through the following components: recording, technology-based composition, listening and analysing, and producing and analysing.
 
Session 1 What is a DAW and what can it do?
Session 2 Introduction to effects and automation
Session 3 What is sound?
Session 4 Introduction to recording techniques

Philosophy

Philosophy

The word 'Philosophy' is defined as the 'love of wisdom' and thus the subject will appeal to any student with an enquiring mind and a love of debate. It deals with fundamental questions about meaning, morality, and existence. It tackles questions such as: Can we trust our perception of the world? How should we make ethical decisions? Is the concept of God coherent? What is the mind?
 
Session 1 & 2 What is Philosophy?
Session 3 What’s the Point? (...in truth)
Session 4 What’s the Point? (...in reason)

Politics

Politics

In Politics, we will attempt to understand how political structures and systems operate, how politicians are elected and what they promise, and how the UK political system compares to the systems in the US. A-Level Politics is the fastest-growing A-Level in the country. Politics permeates every aspect of life at the moment, and coupled with a growing feeling that things are getting worse, students are looking for answers. Politics seeks to give those answers. Students gain an understanding of the issues of the day and learn critical thinking skills that are useful in all subjects as well as in the wider world.
 
Session 1 What is anarchism?
Session 2 What is populism?
Session 3 What is feminism?
Session 4 -

Psychology

Psychology

In psychology we attempt to explain why people behave the way they do. We consider explanations linked to an individual’s genetics and neurology, whilst also considering the influence of the environment around them. By analysing the influence of both nature and nurture we are able to explain complex behaviours and make practical applications to real life. Through these sessions, you will gain insight into explanations for some of these behaviours.
 
Session 1 Phobias
Session 2 Memory
Session 3 Biopsychology
Session 4 Obedience

Sociology

Sociology

This course will help you to make sense of the society we live in and understand the cultural and identity issues which affect us all. We study sociological approaches that help us understand the functions of education, families, and religion, as well as criminological approaches that explain why some people commit crimes and others do not.
 
Session 1 Who owns the media?
Session 2 What impact does the media have on us?
Session 3 How does the media portray social class?
Session 4 -

Spanish

Spanish

A Level Spanish will not only help you to develop confident and effective communication skills, but also a detailed understanding of the culture of countries and communities where Spanish is spoken. Political and artistic culture forms a large part of the course and you will be able to debate topics such as the media, equal rights, the politics of immigration, as well as studying a book and a film in depth.
 
Session 1 News and current affairs
Session 2 Grammar
Session 3 Cultural research project
Session 4 Presentations