Preparation for A Level

 

 

Jane Austen College Preparation for A-Level

Super-Curricular Learning 

One of the best ways to stand out during your sixth form studies is through the amount of independent study undertaken outside of the classroom. Regardless of your future plans, the ability to extend yourself and research independently is an invaluable skill. 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 the sixth form syllabus. 

General Resources 

● iTunes U 

○ Free podcasts, video lectures, reading recommendations 

○ A range of resources from leading universities, including Oxford and Yale ● YouTube 

○ Educational channel: EDU 

● Future Learn 

○ This website has a variety of free online courses in a diverse range of subjects and are always adding more. Courses vary in length from two to six weeks. 

● Universities 

○ The Open University are offering more than 1000 free online courses covering a range of subjects via http://www.open.ac.uk/courses/coronavirus 

○ UCL is also offering free online resources via 

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/departments-and-centres/centres/london-centre-leadershi p-learning/free-online-learning-resources#Secondary 

○ Gresham College are offering free online lectures on a variety of topics at https://www.gresham.ac.uk/ 

● Staircase 12 

○ www.staircase12.org 

○ A website put together by University College, Oxford 

○ Contains interviews and book reviews from current students 

● TED 

○ Watch talks from experts across a variety of fields 

● MOOCs - Massive Open Online Courses 

○ These online courses provide videos, reading lists and activities - you often don’t need to formally complete the course. 

○ Jane Austen College students have access to these through the Unifrog platform. Other MOOCs can be accessed through: 

■ www.futurelearn.com 

■ www.edx.org 

■ www.coursera.org 

● Websites of professional organisations, for example: 

○ www.history.org.uk - The Historical Association 

○ http://www.bps.org.uk - The British Psychological Society (BPS) 

● Newspapers 

○ Some online versions are free - read more than one to develop your critical skills. ● Books 

○ Head start to A Level (CGP) 

○ A very short introduction (Oxford) 

 

 

Art (Fine Art) 

Site: Jane Austen College 

Exam board: AQA 

Link to specification: 

https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/art-and-design/specifications/AQA-ART-SP-2015.PDF

Recommended Reading: 

Publisher 

Title 

ISBN 

Use

Phaidon Press 

The Story of Art - EH Gombrich

978-0714832470 

Additional reading

OUP Oxford 

Art History: A Very 

Short Introduction - Dana Arnold

978-0192801814 

Additional reading


 

Suggested bridging activities: 

Create a portfolio of work in response to a theme of your choice, demonstrating your ability to: 1. Analyse the work of two different artists/designers 

2. Experiment with media in the style of each artist/designer 

3. Draw from direct observation and take photographs, linking to your theme 4. Create a personal response/series of responses to your theme, showing the influences from your artists/designers in a media of your choice 

To get inspiration, try virtual tours of famous art galleries. Links found here: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/mar/23/10-of-the-worlds-best-virtual-museum-and-art-gal lery-tours 

Contact: rachaelfraser@inspirationtrust.org 




 

Biology 

Site: Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form 

Exam board: OCR 

Link to specification: 

https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/171736-specification-accredited-a-level-gce-biology-a-h420.pdf

Recommended Reading: 

Publisher 

Title 

ISBN 

Use

Pearson 

OCR AS/A level Biology A (year 1)- essential

978-1-4479-9079-6 

Class textbook

 

OCR A level Biology A (year 2) 

OCR A Biology Year 1 Complete revision and practice- recommended 

978-1-4479-9080-2 978-1-78294-286-3 

Class textbook 

Revision

 

OCR A Biology Year 1&2 Complete revision and practice 

978-1-78294-299-3 

Revision

 

OCR A Head start to A level biology 

978-1-78294-279-5 

Preparation


 

OCR A Biology A level 

CGP 

essential maths skills 978-1-84762-323-2 Maths support 

Suggested bridging activities: 

Please use our Year 11 transition website where you will find links to practice materials, videos, mini quizzes and other useful resources. 

https://sites.google.com/inspirationtrust.org/sinyr11 

Contact: shaunwatling@inspirationtrust.org 

 

Chemistry 

Site: Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form 

Exam board: OCR 

Link to specification: 

https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/171720-specification-accredited-a-level-gce-chemistry-a-h432.pdf

Recommended Reading: 

Publisher 

Title 

ISBN 

Use

CGP

OCR A Chemistry A level Year 1 student book 

978-1-78294-322-8 

Class textbook

CPG

OCR A Chemistry A level Year 2 student book 

978-1-78294-327-3 

Class textbook

CPG

OCR A Chemistry Year 1 Complete revision and practice 

978-1-78294-290-0 

Revision

CPG

OCR A Chemistry Year 1&2 Complete revision and practice 

978-1-78294-302-0 

Revision

CPG 

OCR A Head start to A level chemistry 

978-1-78294-280-1 

Preparation

CPG

OCR A Chemistry A level essential maths skills 

978-1-78294-472-0 

Maths support


 

Suggested bridging activities: 

Please use our Year 11 transition website where you will find links to practice materials, videos, mini quizzes and other useful resources. 

https://sites.google.com/inspirationtrust.org/sinyr11 

Contact: shaunwatling@inspirationtrust.org 


 

Classics 

Site: Jane Austen College 

Exam board: OCR 

Link to specification: 

https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/315133-specification-accredited-a-level-classical-civilisation-h408.p df 

Recommended Reading: 

Publisher 

Title 

ISBN 

Use

Bloomsbury Academic

OCR Classical Civilisation AS and A Level Component 11: The World of the Hero 

9781350015081 class textbook

 


 

Suggested bridging activities: 

The summer is a good opportunity to introduce yourself to the two core texts we are reading as part of the 'World of the Hero' unit. 

Reading modern interpretations of the two stories is often an interesting alternative to the texts we will be focusing on, so Pat Barker's "Silence of the Girls" and Madeline Miller's "Circe" and "Song of Achilles" are good ways in. 

Podcasts on the books also provide interesting opinions on the texts. Below are a selection:

● https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p004y297 

● https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p003k9c1 

● https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01j6srl 

Additionally reading the texts themselves is a good activity. We will be reading the prose versions of each rather than the poetry version so please check before buying. 

Contact: victoriabarnett@inspirationtrust.org 




 

Computer Science 

Site: Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form 

Exam board: AQA 

Link to specification: 

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/computer-science-and-it/as-and-a-level/computer-science-7516-7 517 

Recommended Reading: 

Publisher 

Title 

ISBN 

Use

PG Online

AQA AS and A Level Computer Science Textbook 

978-1-910523-07-0

Class textbook and homework


 

Suggested bridging activities: 

Please use our Year 11 transition website where you will find links to practice materials, videos, mini quizzes and other useful resources. 

https://sites.google.com/inspirationtrust.org/sinyr11 

Contact: robjackets@inspirationtrust.org 




 

Core Maths 

Site: Jane Austen College and Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form 

Exam board: AQA 

Link to specification: 

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics/aqa-certificate/mathematical-studies-1350 Physicists do optional module C, non-physicists do optional module A. 

Recommended Reading: 

Publisher 

Title 

ISBN 

Use

Collins 

AQA Level 3 Core Maths 

9781471863752 

Textbook for 

home study and practise.


 

Contact: pollychristmas@inspirationtrust.org (JAC) and robjackets@inspirationtrust.org (SIN) 7






 

Drama 

Site: Jane Austen College 

Exam board: Edexcel 

Link to specification: 

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/drama-and-theatre-2016.html

Recommended Reading: 

Publisher 

Title 

ISBN 

Use

Bloomsbury Academic 

An Actor Prepares - Constantin Stanislavski

978-1780938 431 

additional reading

Nick Hern 

Books 

The Complete Brecht Toolkit - Steve Unwin

978-1854595 508 

additional reading

Pearson 

Education

Edexcel A level Drama and Theatre Student Book and ActiveBook (Edexcel A Level Drama 2016)

978-1292150 628 

additional reading

Routledge

The Frantic Assembly book of devising theatre (1st or 2nd edition)

978-0415467 605 

additional reading

Manchester University 

Press

Steven Berkoff and the Theatre of 

Self-Performance

978-0719062 544 

additional reading


 

Suggested bridging activities: 

There are loads of great free live theatre shows to watch online at the moment. Watching other actors and theatre makers helps us learn our craft. The National Theatre is showing world class shows on YouTube every week. Here is a useful webpage which updates with what free shows are available to watch each week: 

https://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/news/stage-shows-musicals-opera-free-stream-onli ne_51198.html 

Spend some time reading plays to broaden your knowledge of more 'grown up' plays. Some great modern playwrights are Timberlake Wertenbaker, Harold Pinter, Mark Ravenhill, Caryl Churchill, Sarah Kane and Simon Stephens. Exploring modern playwrights is a vital and enriching thing to do as an actor. Perhaps you will end up finding the monologue/duologue or group play that you would want to perform in your A-Level practical. This will also help you to enrich your devised work. You could then search for performance extracts from the plays you have read and consider if this is how you would have approached the role. Take a monologue from one of the plays you read and rehearse this to present. 

Contact: lindseyoneill@inspirationtrust.org 




 

English Language 

Site: Jane Austen College 

Exam board: Edexcel 

Link to specification: 

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/english-language-2015.html

Recommended Reading: 

Publisher 

Title 

ISBN 

Use

Cambridge 

University Press; 2 edition

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language

978-0521530 330 

additional reading

Heinle, 8th Ed

An Introduction to Language, 8th Edition, Fromkin, Rodman and Hyams

978-1413017 731 

additional reading

Palgrave 

Macmillan; 2nd edition

Mastering Advanced English Language - Thorne S

978-1403994 837 

additional reading

CGP

A2-Level English Language Revision Guide 

978-1847622 792 

revision



 

Polity Press 

Language and Gender. Mary Talbot (second or third edition) 

978-0745646 053 

additional reading and revision. 

Suggested bridging activities: 

Try to read a variety of different genres such as short stories, blogs, newspapers and dramatic monologues as we will look at these different genres throughout the course. You could also start writing for these genres and keep a portfolio of what you have written. Here is a great blog that you can start following and reading: Language: a feminist guide. This is a really interesting blog written by esteemed sociolinguist Deborah Cameron. Link https://debuk.wordpress.com/ 

You will also need to keep up to date with the language devices that you learnt in GCSE - so keep practicing at spotting these in texts you use. CPG has produced an easy to follow revision guide which will introduce you to how English Language has changed over the centuries. This would be useful to learn as a basis for the course. 

Contact: emmawaterworth@inspirationtrust.org 

 

English Literature 

Site: Jane Austen College 

Exam board: AQA 

Link to specification: 

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-literature-a-7711-7712 Recommended Reading: 

Publisher 

Title 

ISBN 

Use

Wordsworth Editions 

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald 

978-1853260414 

course text

Arden 

Edition 

Othello, Shakespeare 

978-1853260186 

course text

Arden 

Edition 

King Lear, Shakespeare 

9781853260957 

course text

There are several other books you will study as part of the course. Your teachers will be able to recommend which further texts you should purchase.


 

New to Year 12 Reading List 

Other useful books and resources 

● The Art of Poetry: AQA Love Poems Through the Ages: Volume 4 

● Study and Revise for AS/A-level: AQA Anthology: love poetry through the ages ● https://crossref-it.info/text/the-great-gatsby (Useful website for The Great Gatsby) ● York Notes Advanced on Gatsby and Othello 

● https://mrbruff.com/product/mr-bruffs-guide-to-othello-ebook/ Mr Bruff’s e-book on Othello 

● Philip Allan guide to King Lear 

● King-lear.org 

Something challenging 

● Beginning Theory- Peter Barry 

● Leading Questions - Malcolm Peet, David Robinson 

● A Very Short Introduction to Literary Theory- Jonathan Culler 

Wider Reading: ‘Love Through the Ages’ 

● Drama 

The Taming of the Shrew, Measure for Measure, The Winter’s Tale- William Shakespeare 

● Poetry



 

A selection of poetry from any of these writers: 

Pre-1900: 

Thomas Hardy 

Emily Dickinson 

Christina Rossetti 

John Donne 

Post-1900: 

Charlotte Mew 

Elizabeth Jennings 

Philip Larkin 

Anne Sexton 

Prose 

The Awakening - Kate Chopin 

Tender is the Night- F Scott Fitzgerald 

Persuasion- Jane Austen 

Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte 

Wuthering Heights- Emily Bronte 

A Room With A View- EM Forster 

The Go Between- LP Hartley 

Rebecca- Daphne du Maurier 

Atonement- Ian McEwan 

Possession- AS Byatt 

Enduring Love- Ian McEwan 

...and any other great novels about love in its various forms!


 

Suggested bridging activities: 

Read as much as you can from our reading list and elsewhere...aim for breadth and depth. Challenge yourself to read some classics and literature from other parts of the world. 

Watch film adaptations of The Great Gatsby and any Shakespeare plays. There are plenty accessible online that are free. Patrick Stewart is reading a Shakespeare sonnet a day on Facebook. Rob Myles and a company of actors are reading one Shakespeare play per week on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFQ2EezD1GPVTH6hug3zu8w The National Theatre are also uploading one play per week on their youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/ntdiscovertheatre 

Keep a reading journal of everything you read and how you feel about it. 

Keep your knowledge and understanding of your GCSE Shakespeare play and GCSE poetry ticking over (especially approaching Unseen Poetry) as you will need these skills and this knowledge at A Level too. 

Contact: emmawaterworth@inspirationtrust.org 

 

French 

Site: Jane Austen College 

Exam board: AQA 

Link to specification: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/as-and-a-level/french-7652

Recommended Reading: 

Publisher 

Title 

ISBN 

Use

Librairie 

generale 

francaise 

Kiffe Kiffe Demain - Faiza Guene 

978-2253113751 

course text

Hodder

Hodder Education AQA A-level French (includes AS) 

978-1471857959 

Class textbook

OUP 

Oxford

Oxford AQA A-level French: Grammar and Translation workbook 

978-0198415534 

additional practice

Hodder 

Mot-a-mot - Paul Humberstone 

978-1444110005 

additional practice


 

Suggested bridging activities: 

● Watch as many French films and TV shows as you can - there are loads available on Netflix and Amazon Prime. 

● Keep up to date with the news, either online or on France 24. Watch Macron's speeches - they're really interesting, linguistically. 

● Use Quizlet to revise vocabulary at GCSE level. Create a Seneca account and have a go at the grammar activities. Make sure you know how to form the basic tenses (present, perfect, imperfect, future, conditional). 

● Read a book that you have already read in English in French. Pick a book from the specification and read it for pleasure. 

Contact: lindseyoneill@inspirationtrust.org 




 

Further Maths 

Site: Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form 

Exam board: OCR-A 

Link to specification: 

https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/308752-specification-accredited-a-level-gce-further-mathematics-a h245.pdf 

Our students do the optional modules in Mechanics and Discrete Mathematics. 

Recommended Reading: 

Publisher 

Title 

ISBN 

Use

Hodder

OCR Further Maths Pure Year 1 

9781471886478 

Textbook for home study & practise

Hodder 

Hodder

OCR Further Maths Pure Year 2 

OCR Further Maths Mechanics 

9781471886485 9781510414464 

Textbook for home study & practise 

Textbook for home study & practise

Hodder

OCR Further Maths Discrete 

9781510430365 

Textbook for home study & practise


 

Suggested bridging activities: 

Please use our Year 11 transition website where you will find links to practice materials, videos, mini quizzes and other useful resources. 

https://sites.google.com/inspirationtrust.org/sinyr11 

Contact: robjackets@inspirationtrust.org





 

Geography 

Site: Jane Austen College 

Exam board: AQA 

Link to specification: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/as-and-a-level/geography-7037

Recommended Reading: 

Publisher 

Title 

ISBN 

Use

CGP

New A-Level Geography: AQA Year 1 & 2 Complete Revision & Practice - available to purchase at Jane Austen College 

978-1782946489 

Revision

Hodder 

Education

AQA A-level Geography Fourth Edition

1471858693 

Class textbook


 

Suggested bridging activities: 

The textbook is not essential, but if you are able to purchase it will help with independent learning. 

Read around the subject of geography everyday. The best forms of broadening your knowledge of geography is through the news and online articles. This course requires a wide and varied knowledge of geography. Listening to Radio 4 and podcasts on BBC Sounds will keep you up to date with all things geography. 

The Geographical Association is a UK based association whose aim is to provide education about the latest developments in Geography. You can join, though this is at a cost but the site does provide some up to date resources that you can access 

(https://www.geography.org.uk/teaching-resources/Secondary-and-post-16-resources) 

National Geographic is another good up to date source of information 

(https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/) 

Read a book! There are lots of great books out there about different geographical issues. Pick the one that interests you the most. There is an extensive reading list on this website: (https://www.internetgeography.net/wider-reading-in-geography/) 

Watch some documentaries: We are fortunate to have some great documentaries out there from the great Sir David Attenborough to those on Netflix. There are plenty out there! (https://geographical.co.uk/reviews/films/item/1176-7-must-see-netflix-documentaries) 

Contact: dominicmay@inspirationtrust.org 

 

German 

Site: Jane Austen College 

Exam board: AQA 

Link to specification: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/as-and-a-level/german-7662

Recommended Reading: 

Publisher 

Title 

ISBN 

Use

OUP 

Oxford

A Level German: A Level and AS: Grammar & Translation Workbook 

978-0198415510

additional 

practice


 

Suggested bridging activities: 

● Watch as many German films and TV shows as you can - there are loads available on Netflix and Amazon Prime. 

● Keep up to date with the news online, either by watching it or reading an online newspaper. ● Use Quizlet to revise vocabulary at GCSE level. Create a Seneca account and have a go at the grammar activities. Make sure you know how to form the basic tenses (present, perfect, imperfect, future, conditional). 

● Read a book that you have already read in English in German. Pick a book from the specification and read it for pleasure. 

Contact: lindseyoneill@inspirationtrust.org 



Graphics

Site: Jane Austen College 

Exam board: AQA 

Link to specification: 

https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/art-and-design/specifications/AQA-ART-SP-2015.PDF

Recommended Reading: 

Publisher 

Title 

ISBN 

Use

TASCHEN

The History of Graphic Design. Volume 2, 1960-Today, by Jens Muller 

978-3836570374 

additional reading


 

Suggested bridging activities: 

Create a portfolio of work in response to a theme of your choice, demonstrating your ability to: 1. Analyse the work of two different artists/designers 

2. Experiment with media in the style of each artist/designer 

3. Draw from direct observation and take photographs, linking to your theme 4. Create a personal response/series of responses to your theme, showing the influences from your artists/designers using a media of your choice 

To get inspiration, try virtual tours of famous art galleries. Links found here: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/mar/23/10-of-the-worlds-best-virtual-museum-and-art-gal lery-tours 

Contact: rachaelfraser@inspirationtrust.org 


 

History 

Site: Jane Austen College 

Exam board: AQA 

Link to specification: 

https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/history/specifications/AQA-7041-7042-SP-2015.PDF

Recommended Reading: 

Publisher 

Title 

ISBN 

Use

OUP 

Oxford

Oxford A Level History for AQA: 

Industrialisation and the People: Britain c1783-1885 

978-0198354536

class textbook and homework

OUP 

Oxford

Oxford A Level History for AQA, The Cold War, c. 1945-1991 

978-0198354611

class textbook and homework


 

Suggested bridging activities: 

Read widely around History generally - learning how historians write will help with essay writing. This doesn't need to be specific to the course content. Keeping a broader interest in History is important! Use the opportunity with paywalls down on BBC History Extra to read articles about topics you are interested in or to listen to their podcasts about a variety of different areas of History. 

Cold War course - CNN Cold War series on YouTube is a good overview of the course. Texts by Odd Arne Westad, John Lewis Gaddis and Robert Service are good introductory readings to the topic. 

Industry course - Any podcasts from BBC In Our Time covering the late 18th century and early 19th century will give some context of the course. The Age of Revolutions by Eric Hobsbawn is seen to be the definitive textbook on the social history of this time period so the summer is a good opportunity to read it. The Open University is running a free course on British National Identity 1780-1840 that will give you some insight into the historiography of the period. 

The specification link above also includes a suggested reading list for our two examined units. Contact: victoriabarnett@inspirationtrust.org 

 

Law 

Site: Jane Austen College 

Exam board: OCR 

Link to specification: 

https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-and-a-level/law-h018-h418-from-2020/specification-at-a-glance/ 

Recommended Reading: 

Publisher 

Title 

ISBN 

Use

Hodder

OCR AS/A Level Law Book 1

9781510401761

class textbook and homework



 

Hodder 

OCR A Level Law Book 2 

9781510401778 

class textbook and homework 

Suggested bridging activities: 

● Continue with some form of extended reading and writing as law is an essay based subject. 

● Research the basics of the English legal system (criminal and civil law and parliamentary law-making). 

● Optional relevant reading - Law Express: Criminal Law and Tort Law - Emma Finch and Stefan Fafinski, Human Rights in the UK: An Introduction to the Human Rights Act 1998 - David Hoffman, In Your Defence - Sarah Langford 

● Keep up to date with the latest changes in the law - The Guardian has a good legal section on its website. 

● Future Learn are running some excellent free online courses related to studying law. These are run by a variety of institutions including Amnesty International, Public Health England and top universities. Further information can be found here: 

https://www.futurelearn.com/subjects/law-courses 

● The Open University is running hundreds of free online courses, including some introductory law sessions on judicial and parliamentary law-making, human rights and European Union law. Further information can be found here: 

https://www.open.edu/openlearn/search-results?as_q=Law 

● Gresham College have provided access to their past law lectures including content on the judiciary, criminal law, the legal profession and human rights law. Further information can be found here: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/watch/?subject=law&page=1 

Contact: tomcarter@inspirationtrust.org 



 

Maths 

Site: Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form 

Exam board: OCR-A 

Link to specification: 

https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/308723-specification-accredited-a-level-gce-mathematics-a-h240.pdf 

Recommended Reading: 

Publisher 

Title 

ISBN 

Use

Hodder 

OCR A Level Mathematics Year 1 (AS) 

9781471853067

Textbook for home study & practise


 

Textbook for home 

Hodder OCR A Level Mathematics Year 2 9781471853074 Suggested bridging activities: 

study & practise 

Please use our Year 11 transition website where you will find links to practice materials, videos, mini quizzes and other useful resources. 

https://sites.google.com/inspirationtrust.org/sinyr11 

Contact: robjackets@inspirationtrust.org 



 

Music 

Site: Jane Austen College 

Exam board: Eduqas 

Link to specification: http://www.eduqas.co.uk/ed/qualifications/music-as-a-level/#tab_overview

Recommended reading: 

Publisher 

Title 

ISBN 

Use

Rhinegold

Eduqas A level and AS level music study guide 

9781785583476

Textbook for home study & practise


 

Suggested bridging activities: 

● Listen through to Haydn's Symphony 104 (our set work), listen to Debussy's Nuages, and Poulenc's Andante movement from the trio for piano, oboe and bassoon (also set works). ● Buy a grade 5/6 music theory workbook and go through the exercises. Make sure you can fluently read treble, bass and alto clefs. Make sure you know your major and minor key signatures up to 6 sharps and flats. 

● Spend time doing daily practise on your instrument or voice. Download Musescore and do some composition (or on garageband, logic or cubase etc). 

Contact: mikejackson@inspirationtrust.or



 

Music Technology 

Site: Jane Austen College 

Exam board: Edexcel 

Link to specification: 

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/music-technology-2017.html

Recommended reading: 

Publisher 

Title 

ISBN 

Use

Rhinegold

Edexcel A level and AS level study guide, by Tim Hallas 

9781785586026

Textbook for home study & practise


 

Suggested bridging activities: 

● If possible, purchase Cubase Elements for your PC, or Garageband/Logic for your Mac. ● Practise creating beats, bass lines, sampling sounds, adding effects, using dynamic processing and EQ manipulation. 

● Research the principles of sequencing in music. 

● Watch the abundance of videos on Youtube about how to record live instruments. ● Research types of microphones, particularly dynamic mics and condenser mics. 

Contact: mikejackson@inspirationtrust



 

Philosophy 

Site: Jane Austen College 

Exam board: AQA 

Link to specification: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/philosophy/as-and-a-level/philosophy-7172

Recommended Reading: 

Publisher 

Title 

ISBN 

Use

Hodder

AQA Philosophy for A-Level Year 1 (Epistemology and Moral Philosophy) 

978-1510400252

class textbook and homework

Hodder

AQA Philosophy for A-Level Year 2 (Metaphysics of God and Metaphysics of Mind) 

978-1510400269

class textbook and homework


 

Suggested bridging activities: 

Philosophical ideas are often explored in film, TV and novel form, so some good explorations include: The Good Place on Netflix; Films: Ex Machina, Bicentennial Man, I, Robot, The Matrix; Books: 1984, Catch 22, The Pig That Wants to be Eaten, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Sophie's World. 

More in-depth content would include: introductory texts to philosophical thought (Introducing Philosophy: A Graphic Guide). An introduction to Descartes (Introducing Descartes: A Graphic Guide) and Ethics (Introducing Ethics: A Graphic Guide). 

Contact: willbauly@inspirationtrust.


 

Physics 

Site: Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form 

Exam board: OCR 

Link to specification: 

https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/171726-specification-accredited-a-level-gce-physics-a-h556.pdf

Recommended Reading: 

Publisher 

Title 

ISBN 

Use

Pearson 

OCR AS/A level Physics A (year 1) 

978-1-4479-9082-6 

class textbook

 

OCR A level Physics A (year 2) 

978-1-4479-9083-3 

class textbook

CGP

OCR A Physics Year 1 Complete revision and practice 

978-1-78294-295-5 

revision

 

OCR A Physics Year 1&2 Complete revision and practice 

978-1-78294-306-8 revision

 
 

OCR A Head start to A level physics 

978-1-78294-281-8 preparation

 
 

OCR A Physics A level essential maths skills 

978-1-78294-471-3 maths support

 


 

Suggested bridging activities: 

Please use our Year 11 transition website where you will find links to practice materials, videos, mini quizzes and other useful resources. 

https://sites.google.com/inspirationtrust.org/sinyr11 

Contact: shaunwatling@inspirationtrust.org 



 

Politics 

Site: Jane Austen College 

Exam board: Edexcel 

Link to specification: 

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/A%20Level/Politics/2017/Specification%20and %20sample%20assessments/A-level-Politics-Specification.pdf 

Recommended Reading: 

Publisher Title 

 

ISBN 

Use

OUP 

Oxford

A Very Short Introduction To Liberalism (other books in this ‘a very short introduction to…’ series also relevant, e.g. 

Conservatism/Socialism/Nationalism/The British Constitution/British Politics/The European Union/US Politics) 

978-0199670437

additional reading


 

Suggested bridging activities: 

● Watch the news daily. 

● Find the manifestos of the Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties from 2019, and any earlier ones that may interest you, and give them a read. They're widely available online. 

● Do some additional reading. Something like "Fire and Fury" (USA) and David Laws, "Coalition" (UK) would be really helpful. 

● Use the online websites of the Guardian and the Daily Mail to learn more about Politics. Both of them have excellent opinion pieces about the issues of the day, from dramatically different viewpoints. 

● In the top left corner of the Guardian’s website, you can move from the UK Guardian to the US version. 

● Follow US politics using the websites FiveThirtyEight.com and realclearpolitics.com. Both of them have opinion polling, comparisons between candidates and predictions on who will win. 

● Use “Britain Elects” to follow UK opinion polling. 

Contact: tomcarter@inspirationtrust.org 

 

Psychology 

Site: Jane Austen College and Sir Isaac Newton 

Exam board: AQA 

Link to specification: 

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/psychology/as-and-a-level/psychology-7181-7182

Recommended Reading: 

Publisher 

Title 

ISBN 

Use

Illuminate 

AQA Psychology Year 1: 2nd Edition 

978-1912820429 

class textbook*

OUP 

Oxford

The Complete Companions for AQA A Level Psychology 5th Edition: 16-18: The Complete Companions: A Level Year 1 and AS Psychology Student Book 5th Edition Paperback 

978-0198436324 

class textbook

Illuminate 

AQA Psychology Year 2: 2nd Edition 

978-1908682413 

class textbook*

OUP 

Oxford 

CGP

The Complete Companions for AQA A Level Psychology 5th Edition: 16-18: The Complete Companions: A Level Year 2 Psychology Student Book 5th Edition Paperback 

A-Level Psychology: Essential Maths Skills 

978-0198436331 978-1847623249 

class textbook maths support


 

*all Jane Austen and Sir Isaac students will receive a login to access online for free Suggested bridging activities: 

Continue with GCSE maths study using resources such as HegartyMaths or corbettmaths to review the maths requirements on the specification: 

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/psychology/as-and-a-level/psychology-7181-7182/mathematical-r equirements-and-exemplification 

Review GCSE biology content, particularly focusing on the following concepts: neurons, synaptic transmission and hormones. 

Complete some optional reading, such as: 

● Oliver Sacks - The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat 

● Kay Redfield Jamieson - An Unquiet Mind 

● Matthew Walker - Why We Sleep 

● Jon Ronson - The Psychopath Test 

● Gillian Butler and Freda McManus - Psychology: A Very Short Introduction 25

Watch some television programmes and films, such as: 

● The Mind, Explained (Netflix) 

● Three Identical Strangers (Netflix) 

● The Man With The Seven Second Memory (YouTube) 

● Planet Child (ITV) 

● Babies (Netflix) 

● Derren Brown - The Experiments (Channel4.com) 

● The Stanford Prison Experiment 

 

Contact: rachelbarker@inspirationtrust.org (JAC) and shaunwatling@inspirationtrust.org (SIN) 




Sociology 

Site: Jane Austen College 

Exam board: AQA 

Link to specification: 

https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/sociology/specifications/AQA-7191-7192-SP-2015.PDF 

Recommended Reading: 

Publisher 

Title 

ISBN 

Use

Polity Press, 5th Ed

Sociology for AQA, Vol. 1: AS and 1st-Year A Level - Ken Browne

978-0745691305 

class textbook

Polity Press, 5th Ed

Sociology for AQA, Vol. 2: 2nd Year A Level - Ken Browne 

978-0745696942 

class textbook


 

Suggested bridging activities: 

● Read something relevant. There are some great accessible books for Sociology. Here are some recommendations: 

○ So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, Them, The Men who Stare at Goats and The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson 

○ The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels 

○ How Not to be a Boy by Robert Webb 

○ Women and Power by Mary Beard 

● Watch relevant documentaries. Here are some recommendations: 

○ Louis Theroux has lots of interesting ones, especially his more recent 

documentaries 

○ Wild, Wild Country and Tiger King on Netflix 

○ Stacey Dooley’s documentaries are all available on BBC iPlayer 

○ My Scientology Movie and Going Clear, both documentaries about the Church of Scientology 

● Read some fiction. Here are some recommendations: 

○ 1984 and Animal Farm by George Orwell 

○ Brave New World by Aldous Huxley 

○ Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe 

○ High Rise by JG Ballard 

● Speak to your grandparents (online, on the phone etc) about how much the world has changed since they were children. The changes that have occurred over the last fifty years are greater than any fifty year span in human history, and we are lucky that we have people who have experienced all of them. Encourage them to talk about their childhood, their experiences of school and entering the workforce. 

Contact: tomcarter@inspirationtrust.org 


 

Spanish 

Site: Jane Austen College 

Exam board: AQA 

Link to specification: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/as-and-a-level/spanish-7692

Recommended Reading: 

Publisher Title 

ISBN 

Use

Oxford AQA A-level Spanish year 1 

OUP Oxford 

student book 

978-0198366904 

class textbook

A Level Spanish: A Level and AS: 

Grammar & Translation Workbook 

OUP Oxford 

978-0198415558 

Additional practice


 

Suggested bridging activities: 

● Watch as many Spanish films and TV shows as you can - there are loads available on Netflix and Amazon Prime. 

● Keep up to date with the news online, either by watching it or reading an online newspaper. ● Use Quizlet to revise vocabulary at GCSE level. Create a Seneca account and have a go at the grammar activities. Make sure you know how to form the basic tenses (present, perfect, imperfect, future, conditional). 

● Read a book that you have already read in English in Spanish. Pick a book from the specification and read it for pleasure. 

Contact: lindseyoneill@inspirationtrust.org