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!

 

Feature: SOTSEF Goes Digital!

SOTSEF 2020 is back…with a fresh digital twist, as ‘SOTSEF Goes Digital’!
From Friday 22nd May to Saturday 25th July, explore a variety of different activities, from downloadable resources, virtual tours, talks, podcasts and blogs to live debates, performances and Q&A sessions, to citizen science projects!

Join us and discover the amazing!

 

We may be confined to staying at home and many of Southampton’s great venues are temporarily closed but that hasn’t stopped them bringing the local and global culture to you. From virtual tours and art exhibitions to live concerts and online events, explore this page and discover what’s available right at your fingertips.

 

Feature: #SotonAstroArt: Art Competition

Learn about exciting astronomy research on Supernova Stars and Dark Energy. Create your art while you learn Astrophysics!

*DEADLINE EXTENDED TO SUNDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER 2020*

The competition is open to Everyone; there are 4 age categories. Your art work can take on any form but should be inspired by our University of Southampton research into the ‘life cycle of stars’, Supernova and Dark Energy. Submit your work online using the hashtag #SotonAstroArt.

Enjoy this fun colouring sheet which also includes some information on the competition: sotonastroartcolouringinsheet

 

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.

 

5 in 5 videos – Tips for Schools and Colleges 

Members of University of Southampton’s School Liaison team will guide you through 5 key considerations in 5 minutes on different topics relating to University.

 

Ancient Mariner Podcasts

Alongside the current nationwide project, Ancient Mariner Big Read, the English Department at University of Southampton have assembled four incredible podcasts, inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

 

(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.

 

Bite-Sized Lectures

At the University of Southampton, we’re very lucky to have some truly inspirational speakers visit us! During the lockdown response to the covid-19 pandemic in 2020, many of these lectures were edited into bite-sized videos for you to watch from home!

You can also explore our archive of full-length public lectures, on a range of topics and with a diverse cast of distinguished speakers, here.

 

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!

 

God’s House Tower presents GHT at Home 

Southampton’s newest arts and heritage venue, God’s House Tower, has been offering heaps of online events and activities since lockdown began in their GHT at Home series.

There is something for everyone to enjoy from the comfort of their own home – these activities include virtual exhibition tourslunchtime lecturesworkshops all led by local artists.

 

#ForOurFuture from LifeLab

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

 

How to get to 100 and enjoy it!

What are your chances of living to 100? How do your early years, your family life, where you live, your lifestyle and your work affect these chances? With one in three children born today expected to live to 100, these questions have never been more relevant.

Find out more about how our population is changing through a number of interactive activities from the world-leading Centre for Population Change! Download the ‘Our Life Journey’ app to learn about demographic change in Europe and the field of Population Studies. Explore a series of interactive maps and infographics to explore how Life ExpectancyEducation & EmploymentMigrationPopulation Structure, and Ageing change with location and impact our life journey.

Each area of discovery includes questions to get students thinking and suggested classroom activities. There is also a downloadable workbook that can be worked through individually or as a class. And look out for the exhibition as it tours the country – or enjoy it from home via the gallery!

 

#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!

 

Journey to Beginnings 

The Journey to the Beginnings educational adventure puzzle game allows players to discover everyday life of four prehistoric cultures along the Danube river.

Although the story is fictional, the artistic interpretation of everyday life is based on real archeological research done on four prehistoric sites: Százhalombatta in Hungary, Vučedol in Croatia, Lepenski Vir in Serbia, and Gârla Mare in Romania. From these sites, many real heritage objects today kept in museums were introduced in the game. Established scientific knowledge about society, everyday life, technology, language, and culture has been introduced into the game allowing players to seamlessly learn about our ancestors in a fun and interactive way.

 

Learn with US (Transition) 

We have become increasingly concerned about the level of trepidation that year 13 students must be feeling about entering university without having had the opportunity to formally complete their sixth form education by finishing their qualifications in the usual way. We know that students find the transition to university hard at the best of times, least of all when they may be lacking confidence, something which we recognise is a likely problem especially for WP students.

To that end we have put together a package of resources for those students in years 12 and 13 who wish to familiarise themselves with styles of Higher Education teaching and learning. There is a welcome video that explains the premise of the programme, followed by a presentation from myself about what to expect at university and some essential academic research skills. This is complemented by two taster lectures from Becki and Rich. The talks cover pertinent topics – the prospect of Universal Basic Income (UBI) and the use of the Web in health information-seeking, both of which have come under close scrutiny due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. In addition, each talk is accompanied by further reading lists, exemplar lecture notes and a range of seminar-style questions for students to address. The aim of the package is to give an impression of what teaching and learning in a university setting is like, providing a foundation for students to build on in their respective future fields of study.

 

Lifelong Learning Podcast Library

Our Lifelong Learnging team curate a diverse series of courses through which anyone can learn directly from our experts in a range of areas. Many of the talks have been recorded as podcasts which can be enjoyed for free via the link above!

 

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.

 

Special Collections – Online Exhibitions

The University Hartley Library Special Collections Gallery was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund primarily for the display of material from the collections to encourage public awareness and access. The exhibition programme focuses on themes within the collection and links in with University academic activity including celebrations of research, conferences and contributions to national and international events and commemorations – and many have parallel online exhibitions which can be viewed via the link above!

 

Surge Radio – Study Abroad & Exchange Podcasts

Listen to find out what University of Southampton students have to say about their experiences studying or working abroad for a semester, full year or summer school in this award-winning Surge Radio and University of Southampton collaborative podcast. Students give advice about living abroad, country-specific information and their favourite memories.

Contact us at erasmus@soton.ac.uk and follow our students on Instagram @sotonabroad

Made in collaboration with the Study Abroad and Exchange team and the student-led Surge Radio Factual and Culture team.

 

Turner Sims: Cordelia Williams, playing the Steinway Piano

If you are craving serenity, watch the first in a series of four stunning films from pianist Cordelia Williams, in which she plays the beautiful Turner Sims Steinway piano in the concert hall at Highfield campus. In this initial film, Cordelia serenades us with Mozart’s Rondo No 3, K511.

 

Talks for Year 12 Students

You will need to register for a free GoToWebinar account to view these talks

 

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)

 

University of Southampton Research Videos

Ever wondered what goes on in a jet propulsion lab? How we study Saturn’s rings? What it’s like to hear for the first time thanks to a cochlear implant? How researchers fight cancer or understand the effects of plastics in the ocean? Explore all these things and more, with these short videos of some of the world-changing research taking place at Southampton – we hope they inspire the researchers of the future!

 

From other organisations…

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)

The STEMM skills award for year’s 9-13. Any extracurricular activity involving Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine could count towards an award. Students log hours to the e-portfolio and receive a medal and certificate upon completion.

 

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.

 

 

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