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Samuel Whitbread Academy

Academic Enrichment: Sixth Form Supra-Curricular Opportunities

 

 

 

COMPETITIONS students can sign up for:

 

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE

https://www.herts.ac.uk/about-us/education-liaison-and-outreach/tasterhub-home
Taster lectures are delivered by our lecturers and offer an insight into what studying your chosen subject at university is like. Industry talks are delivered by guest speakers who share their personal views, experiences and insight into their chosen career. If you'd like to join us live and ask us questions, find out about our upcoming events. We can't wait to meet you.

 

UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE -MYHEPLUS
Excellent website for supra-curricular materials
https://myheplus.com/

 

UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE SUBJECT MASTERCLASSES
These are subject-specific events that offer students a flavour of undergraduate study and an introduction to the University of Cambridge. The Masterclasses provide students with an opportunity to explore topics of interest beyond what is covered within the A Level syllabus including: Chemistry, Engineering, Genetics, Geography, History, Languages, Mathematics, and Psychology.
https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/events/masterclasses

 

LONDON  SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS (LSE) OUTREACH
Mentoring, tutoring, pathways to Law, pathways to banking and finance, Saturday school. Often aimed at students from London schools but their free lecture programme is open to all. 
https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/widening-participation/Sixth-form-college

 

LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS (LSE) FREE LECTURES
Free Lecture programme and podcasts.
https://www.lse.ac.uk/Events

 

KING'S COLLEGE LONDON - FACTOR MATHS PROGRAMME
This is a Maths club aimed at Y12 & Y13 students which offers students challenging problems aimed at developing and enriching thinking. Criteria apply in terms of location and diversity. 
https://www.kcl.ac.uk/mathematics

 

STUDENT INVESTOR CHALLENGE
Each year, Year 12 can be part of a major competition, organised by the London Institute of Banking and Finance, which can last several months. It will provide a useful insight into trading in stocks and shares. The Student Investor Challenge gives students the chance to experience what it’s like being a stock broker in a fast-paced and competitive market. Teams, consisting of four members aged between 14 and 19, take control of two investment portfolios with £100,000 of virtual money for each one to invest in the stock market.
https://www.libf.ac.uk/study/financial-education/student-zone

 

ETON SUMMER SCHOOL: July in Year 12
For your most highly achieving students in Year 12 with Grade 8/9 at GCSE. Ten day residential at Eton College. The residential course costs but those on a bursary can apply for financial support. Only 120 students can attend and location and being a state school are factors. 
https://www.etoncollege.com/eton-outwards/summer-schools/

 

SUTTON TRUST SUMMER SCHOOLS
Fantastic summer schools at one of twelve partner universities (Bristol, Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, Imperial, KCL, Nottingham, Oxford, St. Andrews, UCL, Warwick, Royal Veterinary College) for high achieving students from low- or middle-income families. The Summer Schools are 100% free. There are 130 different courses across 11 of the UK’s top universities. The dates for the Summer Schools vary by subject and university.
https://summerschools.suttontrust.com

 

OXFORD UNIVERSITY UNIQ SUMMER SCHOOLS
UNIQ is open to students studying in their first year of further education, who are based at UK state schools/colleges. Students make a single application between December and January and can be selected to participate in one of two activities: UNIQ Digital or UNIQ Spring and Summer. Register between November and February if interested.
https://www.uniq.ox.ac.uk

 

FUTURELEARN (MOOC)
A range of short online courses to deepen subject knowledge through this amazing MOOC site (Massive Open Online Community). Very useful for stretch and challenge and a students’ personal statements. Free to access and complete each course though there is an optional payment for a certificate. 
https://www.futurelearn.com

 

UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK PODCASTS 
A wide range of podcasts from politics to engineering.
https://warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/podcasts/media/

 

MATHEMATICS FOR NATURAL SCIENCES WORKBOOK (UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE)
Pdf document to download full of maths problems - provided by Faculty of Mathematics.
https://www.maths.cam.ac.uk/undergradnst/files/misc/nstworkbook.pdf

 

UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD - 'EXPLORE YOUR SUBJECT'
Explore the resources or select a subject area such as Humanities or Social Sciences, followed by a specific subject (Classics, English, etc.)
https://www.univ.ox.ac.uk/applying-to-univ/resource-hub/

 

UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD READING BANK
A very attractively designed list of books to read with reviews and youtube clips.
https://www.univ.ox.ac.uk/applying-to-univ/reading-bank/

 

MILLENIUM MATHEMATICS PROJECT
University of Cambridge provide this helpful site with ideas to explore mathematics in greater depth.
https://maths.org/webresources

 

TEDTALKS
Great entry level strategy as students can simply search by theme and then watch a video.
https://www.ted.com/talks

 

RADIO 4 PODCASTS - BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS
'Bottom Line' huge array of topics. 30 mins podcast with 2-3 people interviewed on a business theme.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006sz6t

 

RADIO 4 PODCASTS - LAW
'Law In Action' - lots of podcasts on law theme.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006tgy1

 

RADIO 4 PODCASTS - PSYCHOLOGY
'All In The Mind' - huge array of podcasts for those interested in psychology.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qxx9

 

RADIO 4 PODCASTS - MATHEMATICS
'More or less; behind the statistics - themed podcasts which debunks statistics in the news by exploring the evidence.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02nrss1/episodes/downloads

 

RADIO 4 PODCASTS - POLITICS
'Political thinking with Nick Robinson' - political journalist, Nick Robinson, explores various themes.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04z203l/episodes/downloads

 

RADIO 4 PODCASTS - POLITICS
'Yesterday in Parliament' - kind of obvious really but great for politics students to keep up-to-date.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02s8yk1/episodes/downloads

 

RADIO 4 PODCASTS - NATURAL SCIENCES
'Inside Science' - obvious theme - great for science students. Might be some good ideas for EPQ perhaps.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b036f7w2/episodes/downloads

 

RADIO 4 PODCASTS - PHILOSOPHY
'Moral Maze' - Accessible discussion about morality. Might be some good ideas for EPQ perhaps.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qk11/episodes/downloads

 

RADIO 4 PODCASTS - PHILOSOPHY
'The Public Philosopher' - Harvard philosopher Michael Sandel examines the thinking behind a current controversy.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01nmlh2/episodes/downloads

 

RADIO 4 PODCASTS - SOCIOLOGY
'Thinking Allowed' - Professor of Sociology addresses various themes and new sociological research.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qy05/episodes/downloads

 

RADIO 4 PODCASTS - SCIENCE
'Life Scientific' - Accessible interviews of scientists on current themes and new research.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b015sqc7/episodes/downloads

 

RADIO 4 PODCASTS - SCIENCE
'Putting Science to Work' - scientists work out how science can best be put to work to solve a pressing problem facing society.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06t1y3z/episodes/downloads

 

RADIO 4 PODCASTS - HISTORY
'The Long View' - stories from the past are compared with current events.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006s7d6/episodes/downloads

 

RADIO 4 PODCASTS - GEOGRAPHY
'Costing the Earth' - fresh ideas from the sharpest minds working toward a cleaner, greener planet.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006r4wn/episodes/downloads

 

RADIO 4 PODCASTS - COMPUTING AND TECHNOLOGY
'Computing Britain' - 75 years of UK computing history in developing the technologies we rely on today.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06bq6j1/episodes/downloads

 

RADIO 4 PODCASTS - ART (includes painters and playwrights)
'Only artists' - two artists talk about their creative work - the conversation is free-flowing. Choose the pair talking.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08ltbhl/episodes/downloads

 

Geography Audio Collection
https://canvas-story.bbcrewind.co.uk/sounds-geography/?fbclid=IwAR2BEJgsPzm1kB-OZHlX4jfixqgE8J4mLwomAj-yAU6-CIPX3wynb3RZfzw

 

Gresham College Lectures
https://www.gresham.ac.uk/watch/?utm_source=Head+of+Sixth+Free+Newsletter&utm_campaign=6de5dd8437-Student+issue+13+September_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_36c44588b4-6de5dd8437-116055541