Introduction to Independent Study in the Sixth Form

Do you want to get a taster of an A Level / BTEC subject?  Do you want to stretch yourself and learn something new?  Then try completing one of the independent study tasks below.  There are lots of links to Futurelearn courses, which are free online courses on a huge variety of subjects.

Independent Study is important in the Sixth Form.  We encourage our students to read around the subject and develop their passion for their studies by completing Futurelearn courses and engaging in academic reading.  This extra study helps students to make progress in their subjects and can also provide useful evidence for UCAS, apprenticeship and job applications.

BiologyChemistryComputer ScienceEnglish LanguageEnglish LiteratureFrenchGeographyGovernment & PoliticsHistoryHistoryHistoryMathematics
If you’d like to do a bit of warming up for Year 12 and to develop your private-study skills, try this mini-course…

JamestantonIf you enjoy that, try some of James Tanton's other videos and puzzles!


Prepare a solo performance (or bring in a pre-recorded example of you performing a solo). Prepare a free choice Composition (or bring in one of your GCSE music compositions).

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  • Opening Skinners Box- Lauren Slater
  • The Psychopath Test- Jon Ronson
  • both books available secondhand on Amazon

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