The University of Southampton

GCSE Students

Welcome, students! Whether you’re in Years 9, 10 or 11, studying GCSEs or equvialents, working on a, 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!

 

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.

 

(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.

 

Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project – Free films and resources!

 

Bug Power: Energy & More from Waste

Try these Circular Bioeconomy puzzles, to find out how we use living things to help us make energy and new products from rubbish!  These are based on research from our Water and Environmental Engineering Group, and partners in the Environmental Biotechnology Network.

 

#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!

 

SciTunes

SciTunes use the power of song to teach Science! Follow the link to find a range of music videos created to keep classrooms lively, increase student engagement and make lesson content memorable. Includes exciting content for teaching and revision of GCSE science.

 

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.

 

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.

 

University of Southampton MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)

 

More Courses and Resources

We know there’s a lot out there and it can be easy to get lost in it all – so our wonderful LifeLab colleagues have brought together their favourite online courses and resources for you, in addition to our own listed above!

STEM

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 MattersYouth STEM Matters creates a platform for young people to share their research, ideas and innovations with the world, by allowing them to get their scientific project work published in a peer reviewed journal! Get involved by writing and submitting a STEM article or project, or, if you want to gain new skills and volunteer from home, join their team of volunteers!

Aspen Global Change Science and Solutions: For anyone looking for science content for learning at home, AGCI’s education page offers introductions to global change topics, with journal activities for further thought.

Encounter Edu: A one-stop-shop for teachers, parents and students to explore distance learning through free live lessons, downloadable curriculum-aligned resources, STEAM activities, subject updates and multimedia.

The Linnean Society: A hub page featuring a wealth of activities and information on biological science.

School PhysicsOver 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.

Physics OnlineFree videos and lessons.

 

Languages

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.

DuoLingoA free app for your phone for students to work on their language skills or try a new language.

 

English

Mr. Bruff: Daily English lessons for GCSE students.

 

Dance

English National BalletLive ballet lessons.

 

Multiple Subject Areas

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!

TES (Times Educational Supplement) TES has put together a collection of teacher-created learning resources designed to engage both primary and secondary students and help them learn and study outside of their usual classroom environment. All these resources are completely free to download and use and include lessons, worksheets, workbooks and activities across a multitude of subject disciplines.

Player FM GCSE Pocasts

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.

 

Study Skills & Careers

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.