The University of Southampton

A-Level Students

Welcome, students! Whether you’re in Years 12 or 13, studying A-Levels, IBs, BTECs or equvialents, working on an EPQ, CREST Award or Arts Award, or just curious, we have something for you!

Talk directly with world experts from Southampton and beyond in subjects you’re currently studying, thinking of taking further, or simply interested in; find tools and templates for essay and report writing, project designing and more; challenge yourself with online activities and courses; sit back with a podcast or video; or get up and move with sports and wellbeing classes you can do from your living room!

More than anything, keep following everything your teachers send you, they are working super hard to keep you engaged, motivated and working towards your best possible future. You’ve got this!

Want to know what our current students are doing, how they’re finding studying remotely or what it’s like to do a particular course? Chat to them now via Uni Buddies!

 

Ask The Expert – Acoustical Engineering

Ever wondered how dolphins communicate underwater? Why some cars are louder than others? What’s making all that noise when you boil water in a kettle and why it changes? Now’s your time to ask our researchers from the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) and find out!

Ask questions via twitter to @ISVRSouthampton – and check out their youtube channel for video responses plus virtual tours of their spooky Anechoic and Reverberation Chambers, demos and more!

 

Ask the Expert – Ecology, Nature & Biodiversity – The Dinosaur on Your Window Sill

  • Talk directly to our researchers, students and a diverse community of ecology enthusiasts!
  • Share photos, videos and questions plus daily challenges!
  • Stay engaged with nature from your home.

 

Ask the Expert – English

  • Discuss all things English with our researchers and students.
  • Build your confidence, creativity and analytical skills through discussion and online seminars.
  • Specifically for A-Level and Undergraduate English students.

 

(Virtual) Arcade by WSA #WSAgames

  • Support our Games Design students at Winchester School of Art – and see where art and computing can take you!
  • You have the very first opportunity to play games from the next generation of creative game makers!
  • The games will be updated regularly on the virtual Arcade until mid June (when we have a special live stream showcase).
  • Your feedback on the projects will enhance each project.

 

Aurora Zoo – Citizen Science

  • Help our scientists analyse images and short video clips of the Aurora!
  • Support real, current research into this mysterious phenomenon which effects our weather, satellites and more.
  • Learn about the science behind the Northern Lights.

 

Centre for International Film Research – Blogs and Podcasts

 

Discover Neuroscience

  • A prupose-built website covering neuroscience projects, EPQ advice, lessons, and more – written by researchers, teachers and college students.
  • Students can access a comprehensive EPQ guide, project ideas, and information about studying Neuroscience at the UoS.
  • Features UoS’ own Changing Minds project merging neuroscience and fashion! (So cool!)

 

#DoesYouGood – Stay well from your own home with free courses led by our Sports and Wellbeing instructors!

 

#ForOurFuture from LifeLab

A comprehensive toolkit for supporting young people during lockdown including educational, cultural and wellbeing activities, information, advice and guidance.

 

#JHGflags – YOUR flag: Call for entries

  • Inspired by the work of artist Larry Achiampong, whose ‘PAN AFRICAN FLAGS FOR THE RELIC TRAVELLERS’ ALLIANCE (MOTION)’  currently cover John Hansard Gallery’s windows.
  • Resources for schools, colleges, families and individuals to create and share flags representing a place or community special to them.
  • Share on social media – and you can also submit your work for selection to be displayed later this year as part of our Community Takeover!

 

Maths & Physics videos with UoS Graduate Dr. Emma Osbourne

 

National Cipher Challenge – New Weekly Challenges!

  • Help Harry crack the codes and discover the secrets!
  • Open to all ages and abilities.
  • Join or create a team or individual entry to submit your answers for live marking – or have a go at past challenges in your own time and reveal answers to check your own work.
  • Great way to engage with Maths and Computing.
  • Developed with IBM, GCHQ and other cipher/code-breaking experts!

 

Re-Sourcing History

  • Resources provided by the history department at the University of Southampton, from over 40 scholars.
  • Lectures, UCAS support, podcasts, and work booklets can be found, assisting both teachers and students.

 

Southampton English Podcasts

  • Includes a series of podcasts discussing key English texts.
  • Created to aid GCSE and A-level students in their studies.
  • Information regarding previous and ongoing research projects, as well as details about further education in English can be found elsewhere on the website.

 

Southampton Philosophy Café Podcasts

  • Philosophy Café ran from 2009-2014 to provide philosophical stimulation in a relaxed atmosphere.
  • All events were recorded and are now available on the archive page in the form of podcasts.
  • Information about exciting ways people can get involved with Philosophy, including 6th Form Philosophy conferences, can be found elsewhere on the website.

 

Southern Universities Network (SUN) Resources

Resources for schools from our local partnership the SUN include careers and student resources, webinars and information for parents and carers to support their young people’s future decision making.

 

A Word from the Wise – Epistemology Interviews with Philosophy Experts

A series of podcast interviews conducted by Philosophy student George Tracey relating UoS Philosphy research directly to the A-Level Philosophy and Religious Studies curriculums, on the theme of Epistemology.

 

University of Southampton MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)

 

Free Languages Resources for Students – Rosetta Stone

Free access to Rosetta Stone for Students for three months, making learning new languages accessible. You will get instant feedback on your pronunciation. You’ll be able to see how you’re coming along with progress data and printable reports.

 

School Physics

Over 3,000 pages, this website created by long-term ASE (Association for Science Education) member Keith Gibbs offers simple explanations and diagrams covering a wealth of key physics concepts, categorised by student age.

 

The Youth STEMM Award (YSA)

A focused and engaging framework for young people aged 13-19 to further their passion, knowledge and skills in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine).

 

Youth STEM Scientific Writing

Write an article about a STEM project or idea and share it with the world through the Youth STEM platform.

 

More MOOCs!

Of course the UoS isn’t the only place to have free online courses available for you to engage with and gain skills in specialist subjects – so why not also try the following?

BBC BitesizeA free online study support resource across a wide range of academic subjects, plus wellbeing and career choices. Written by teachers and subject experts, mapped to the curricula of the UK, and from April 20th Bitesize will be publishing daily lessons to help students across the UK with home schooling.

The Open UniversityAccess a huge range of free online courses from Open Learn. Increase confidence, and develop skills needed to enter Higher Education and succeed with learning. Subjects include Health Sports and Psychology, Education and Development, History and the Arts, Languages, Money and Business, Nature and Environment, STEM, Society, Politics and Law, and many more!

EtonX: Courses have been made available free online and offer training in skills important to life and to the workplace. Topics include CV Writing, Creative Problem Solving, Interview Skills, Making an Impact, Resilience, Research Skills, and Writing Skills.

MASSOLIT: Over 3,000 lectures across more than 400 courses. MASSOLIT works with academics from the world’s best universities to produce high-quality, curriculum-linked videos covering a range of subjects, perfect for GCSE, A-Level and International Baccalaureate students.

FutureLearn: The host of our UoS MOOCs also gives access to hundreds of free, online courses produced by many providers. Enhance your learning in a subject area, learn something new, and develop skills that will assist with future career plans. For example, click on a subject area below to see their full range of courses in that area.