Topic outline

  • Topic 1

    Learning to Learn

    Here you will find all the resources from Mr MacLeod's sixth form lectures on how to become an effective learner.

  • Topic 2

    Independent Learning in the Sixth Form

    The sixth form years act as the transition from school to University. It is important to develop independent learning skills so that you are well equipped to study at University You should be looking to spend on average 4 hours a week per subject working independently. This will be done in study periods in the sixth form centre or in the library, as well as at home.

    Learning enrichment

    1. Click on this link to see extension activities for all subjects from Villiers Park Educational Trust. Have a look at some of the extension tasks you might be interested in trying in your own time.

    Extended Project

    2.  In the Upper Sixth students get the opportunity to take the Extended Project Qualification. This is where learning goes beyond the curriculum. You choose a topic and a title and research it. It is a very useful tool to 'sell' yourself to prospective Universities. Look at the questions below and draw up a brief plan as to how you would go about tackling the question.

    • How far can the celebrity status exempt you from justice?
    • An examination and expansion of David Hume's, Immanuel Kant's and Rene Descartes' views on epistomology and metaphysics.
    • The effect of motivation on academic performance
    • The Airbus A380 has been engineered to be environmentally friendly.

    • Topic 3

      How to survive your workload

      How to...

      ..manage your time

      1. Find out about the course - how will you be assessed, how long is each unit, what are the different components

      2. Think long term - set a schedule. When to complete assignments, fieldtrips, presentations in class.

      3. Plan ahead - Tackling A-level courses means coursework cannot be done overnight. Create a timeline / checklist which you can stick to for your homework. Reading around the subject is more important in the sixth form.

      4. Work consistently - Pace yourself. You cannot simply think you will 'up your game' in Year 13. Your AS results will form the basis of your University application. Think of the sixth form as two separate years.

      5. Do more than your set work - independent learning is crucial at 'A'Level, and will aid your university application.

      6. Review your work - on going revision will mean a greater long term memory than simply trying to revise at the last minute.

      7. Use your timetable - manage your timetable. Allocate time in your study periods for all four of your subjects, helping out in departments, as well as the gym. Make sure there is a balance.

      ...get on with your study

      1. Make the most of your study periods - you are expected to do 4 hours of private study (including homework) per subject each week.

      2. Get into a routine

      3. Go for excellence, not perfection - perfectionists want everything just right before they can say a piece of work is finished. This can lead to endlessly polishing a task. Excellence is achievable.

      4. Divide it up - break your work into manageable chunks, taking the easy tasks first.

      5. Create a list - tick the work off as you do it

      6. Get on with it - avoid procrastination, and get started!

      • Induction Resources

        In this area you will find subject specific resources in preperation for lower sixth.


        You need to purchase a lever arch file, and print off the following documents for September:

        Click here for Literature Reading List

        Click here for Language & Literature Reading List

        Click here for Post 1900 Satirical Novels reading List

        Click here for Literary Non-Fiction Reading List

        Click here for A Guide to Studying English A Level

        Click here for the English Language & Literature Course Layout

        Click here for the English  Literature Course Layout

        Click here for the A Level English Progress Sheet


        1. Click here for an introduction to research on eyewitness testimony
        2. Listen to this and write an article that summarises the interview.



        Follow the link below for AS Applied ICT Course Information


        Please read through the powerpoint below and then print off the Unit 1 and Unit 2 specifications, putting these in the front of a 2 seperate folders ready for next term.
        You should also print off each of the 2 course presentations below, read through, and put these in the front of each folder ready for your first lesson.

        We advise that you print off all powerpoints in "pure black and white" and in "handout" format with 3 slides to each page.

        Click here for a powerpoint with course specific information

        Click here for the course specification - only print off the parts for Unit 1 and Unit 2

        Click here for Unit 1, lesson 1 powerpoint

        Click here for Unit 2, lesson 1 powerpoint

        • Topic 7

          16-19 Bursary


          If you think you qualify for the 16-19 bursary, please see the requirements below;

          Evidence of financial need

          · free school meals

          · income Support

          · income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

          · support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

          · child Tax Credit, provided the parent is not entitled to Working Tax Credit and their annual income assessed by the Inland Revenue does not exceed £25,000

          · the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit.

          You may get help with;

          • funding of books/equipment,
          • any additional course costs e.g. field trips,
          • any transport costs,
          • any exam re-sit fees,
          • school trip
          • funding of books/equipment,
          • other miscellaneous items