Welcome to the Preparing for A levels section.
The Maelor School is making learning resources available to all students in Wrexham and the surrounding area.
This information is for current Year 11 students who are preparing to start A levels and other Level 3 qualifications in Year 12. Please look at the work in the subjects you are thinking of studying.
We have subscribed to the Eton College online self-study courses from the EtonX Future Skills Programme. These courses are particularly appropriate for Sixth Form students and offer training in skills important to life and to the workplace.
ETONX On-Line Self-Study Courses
Prospective year 11 students access code: X7BIN15Y
How to sign up to your EtonX course: 1. Visit the EtonX website http://signup.etonx.com
2. Sign Up with the Access Code: X7BIN15Y, (Note this code has been set up for prospective Maelor School students only)
3. Follow the on-screen instructions. Please sign up with your school email address, (If you have problem with your email address can you please email Mrs Ellwood, email@example.com.)
4. For those students who have already been issued with a guest email can you please use the guest address
5. Congratulations! You can now get started on your course.
6. Once you have created your account, you can always log in at https://learn.etonx.com/login to finish your registration and access your course.
Welsh Government On-Line Resources
The following link can be used to access a Welsh Government link for post-16 students. https://hwb.gov.wales/distance-learning/resources/post-16/#overview
This has a university focus but has many very useful areas to explore including subject specific subject links that may help you understand a little more about what universities offer in terms of degree courses. There are also areas covering:
General Skills, Subject Specific Resources, Resources for Parents & Carers, Well-being, University Life, Open days & Events. Well worth a look.
Remember, this is preparation work. Some of it requires you to read and think around the subject. You don’t have to complete it all at once. Enjoy, and come back to our site again soon.
A free pre-VESPA programme (eight sessions)
VESPA The link below takes you to an initiative called VESPA. This is a system developed to help improve student performance, productivity and wellbeing at the sixth form. https://www.vespamindset.co.uk/
VESPA aims to inspire, motivate and support students ensuring they achieve their full potential and suggests 5 key components to success, which can be measured and developed in all students; VISION - The degree to which a student knows what they want to achieve EFFORT - he number of hours proactive independent study a student is willing to do SYSTEMS - The level to which a student organises their learning resources PRACTICE - The level to which a student commits to practicing and developing their skills ATTITUDE - The way a student responds constructively to setbacks
There are a large selection of intersting lectures on a variety of subjects well worth a watch here:-
Moving to 6th form study skills for all.
Moving From Year 11 into Year 12
Further research and resources links have been posted to support your subject preparations and study skills. Please note at the bottom of the chart details of free resources from Amazon for a head start for Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics students.....
‘New to Sixth Form Study Preparations’
Moving from year 11 into year 12. Classcode xexcmil
The Sixth Form team are setting work that will be useful for preparations for any students moving from year 11 to 12 into a college or sixth form. We will post weekly tasks for you to try.
Week 1 task involves looking into your future - maybe you will find something that will interest you to study after your A Level. This can become your goal to achieve over the next two years. With a goal everything you do becomes more important.
Week 2 will move onto how we can start getting ready for our studying in plenty of time for September!
The Art department has setup an exciting, creative area on Google classroom for all future AS Art and Design pupils. This will prepare them for the AS Art course which consist of one unit, making it 100% coursework. Pupils can access the new inspiring themes, The AS SOW, and Visual portfolios from past pupils. If you have or are thinking about opting for this subject, the wide variety of resources of work will help you get ready for September. Pupils will have the advantage of asking your online tutoring for detailed creative guidance to help you succeed every step of the way.
The code for the New 'AS Art and Design course' is:Classcode7s7e4w4
Business Studies Assignment – Melys
Google classrooms code: xdoe7md
To access this work join google classrooms using the code above.
Hello! So that you can get a "feel" of how a BTEC assignment is completed. I would like you to complete this assignment by September and bring it with you when you start the 6th form. If you get into difficulty or can't find information about a topic, don't hesitate to post me a message! I do have Power Points to explain the concepts, but BTEC students have to try to be independent learners - It's what sets them apart from the crowd!
To gain the highest marks, a distinction, you have to write out a lot of detail - you need to think on the lines of a teacher, what would your pupils need to know if you were teaching them?
To make this slightly easier for you, the assignment has been cut down into "chunks" for you - something that won't be provided in September! I have also provided a grading sheet to help you on your journey. Now, don't lose your work, because it will help next year when you start unit 1. A lot of the research you do now, could be copied and pasted into your first assignment next year (see, it's not a pointless exercise!)
Good luck to you all, keep safe and I look forward to seeing you and your masterpieces next year.
The Chemistry team are setting work that is useful preparation for A-Level Chemistry. If you have opted for this subject or are considering taking it at A level, this work will help you get ready for September.
The code is ecr3w2t
The Computer Science department will be setting you work to bridge the gap between GCSE and AS Computer Science. The work set will allow you to improve your computational thinking and programming skills to what will be required at A Level. The work will be set on Google Classrooms for you to complete.
Please join the Computer Science Google Classroom with the following code: i6ckp73
We will also put Sample Assessment Material, Past Papers and Recommended reading on our Google Classrooms page. Also take a look at the departments resource website here https://sites.google.com/hwbcymru.net/maelorcs/alevel for resource videos related to the topics you will cover in AS Computer Science.
Units to be studied at AS:
AS Unit 1 – Introduction to Economic Principles
AS Unit 2 – Economics in Action
Economics can be found in everywhere, from the study of individual markets (known as Microeconomics) through to the study of economics on a national and international scale (Macroeconomics).
As Economics is such a ‘hot’ topic, news and information about a variety of economic issues can be found in abundance. Just think about the various current reports on what the economic effects of the Coronavirus will be and how governments around the world are pumping billions if not trillions into their economies to avoid an economic meltdown!
A great place to keep up to date with a variety of economics news items is to get a twitter account and follow @MaelorEconomics. I tweet almost daily about a mixture of current Economic topics that relate to what you are learning in the classroom or to improve you ‘wider reading’ around the subject. Extra reading will undoubtedly help you push for the highest grades!
Some excellent YouTube videos that explain variety of economic concepts that you will cover during your study of Economics can be found by searching for EconplusDal and pajholden on YouTube. It would be worth just having an initial look until the course commences in September to get a flavour of what is coming your way. Start with the Demand and Supply videos first.
Other websites worth book marking are: http://www.economist.com http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business/economy http://www.economicsonline.co.uk http://www.economicshelp.org http://tutor2u.net/economics
Which books can I read to get a sense of the subject?
Just searching on the web for Economics books will bring you a long list of results. However, there are some really good introductory books out there which I recommend:
· Cracking Economics, Tejvan Pettinger, (Cassell)
· The Undercover Economist, Tim Harford (Abacus)
· The Undercover Economist Strikes Back! Tim Harford (Abacus)
· 50 Economics ideas you really need to know, Edmund Conway (Quercus)
The reading of a ‘quality’ newspaper will also help as they have extensive business/economic sections. Try and read one of the following on a regular basis:
· The Telegraph
· The Times
· The Guardian
· The Independent
Task 1: Research on Economic Indicators
Create a document that summarises the current/recent performance of the UK economy. There are ‘key macro indicators’ which are listed below, so conduct some research and come up with some statistics on:
· Economic Growth levels in the UK
· Unemployment levels in the UK
· Inflation rates in the UK
· The UK trade balance
· Levels of government spending
In each section you must provide:
· A relevant data table or chart, showing at least the last five year’s data for the UK
· A brief written analysis that explains whether the UK is showing a good or poor performance on that factor.
Task 2: Research on famous Economists
You are to prepare a short report on a famous economist from recent times or from the past. You must outline the theory that they are most famous for and say whether you agree with its broad principles or not. I am interested in why you have chosen that person/theory and merely copying down information from the web is not really what I am looking for. Adam Smith, John Maynard Keynes and Milton Friedman are a few to get you started but there are many more out there.
Task 3: Essay
Choose ONE of the following essay titles below. Remember, you should argue from an economic perspective.
1. “It will take decades for not only the UK economy, but the global economy to recover from the effects of the Coronavirus.” Discuss.
2. “Leaving the European Union is the best option for the UK”. Discuss.
3. "The UK government’s decision to go ahead and construct the HS2 rail link is a waste of taxpayer’s money.” Discuss.
Completed work can be emailed to me at the address below plus contact me if you have any questions or need help firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to seeing you all in September.
The A/AS Level English Language is different from your study at GCSE in that it is a course in Linguistics – looking at how language is put together and constructed as well as how it is used in different contexts, both spoken and written.
You can’t study language without looking at how it is put together, so your AS studies will involve looking at grammar to enable you to analyse language more effectively. Throughout the course we will explore what is meant by ‘standard’ English, and how language exists in many ‘non-standard’ forms.
You will also look closely at transcripts of spoken language as well as written, and language issues such as how language is used to create power by different groups of people e.g. How does US president Donald Trump create power through his language use and how does this differ from Barack Obama’s language? You’ll look at how English Language has evolved over time, and how we are using language in a distinct way in the 21st century due to the impact of digital technology.
As you move through the two year course, you’ll look at how language is used to constructs peoples’ identities, whether that is through their accents and dialects, features of language that differ between social groups or genders, and how language is used in culture and the media.
You’ll have the opportunity for your own research project, as well as continuing the skills in writing for a range of audiences and purposes that you’re familiar with from GCSE.
To support you in this extended break, we have put together a range of materials and activities on Google Classroom (code: irirsvc) to help give you a taste for A Level English Language and to help you reflect on your own language use.
AS English Literature
GOOGLE CLASSROOM CODE: wqnimt6
At A Level, we encourage students to approach the study of Literature in a number of ways. We look at a text through the lens of historical context; what was happening during the Victorian Era that influenced Bronte to write to strong-willed character Jane Eyre? We also look at a text from a biographical point of view. What happened to these writers and how is that reflected in their work?
We encourage and expect all AS students to study independently to help extend their experience and appreciation of literature. Within our Google Classroom, we have shared articles, documentaries and podcasts to help you approach these texts over the coming months.
The following are free courses run by the Open University. Once you complete the course you get a ‘statement of completion’ which you should print out and keep. They are excellent to get a background understanding of the modules we are going to study in AS Geography from September. OpenLearn website address: https://www.open.edu/openlearn/nature-environment.
You can choose from:
· Climate Change – 18 hours of study (links to many parts of modules studied in Year 12
· Changing Cities – 15 hours of study (links to the Year 12 Unit 2 module ‘Changing places’)
· Earthquakes – 8 hours of study(links with the Year 12 Unit 1 module ‘Tectonics’)
· Managing coastal environments – 3 hours of study (links with the Year 12 Unit 1 module ‘Coasts’) Any questions about these great courses tweet @maelorgeography or email Graham.Reardon@maelorschool.org.uk
AS Government and Politics
Unit 1 module “Government in Wales and the United Kingdom” – about the Welsh Assembly, Parliament in Westminster and the UK government
Unit 2 module “Living and participating in a democracy” – about elections, political parties and pressure groups
Watching the news on television is always helpful to keep you up-to-date with things, whether it is Breakfast News in the morning, or Newsnight in the evening (other channels and programmes also available for those who aren’t fans of the BBC it’s just that they do news through the day in a variety of forms).
If you prefer your political news delivered with more of a sense of humour, try watching programmes like Have I Got News For You, Mock the Week, The Mash Report (if not live now probably being repeated until the end of time on Dave). And not forgetting the Last Leg as well.
Newspapers are also a good source of political news, but please bear in mind that newspapers each have their own political bias, so probably a good idea to check stories from more than one source. Some newspapers also have apps which give you limited or completely free access to news as well.
There are some excellent websites to keep you up to date with the latest political analysis in the form of blogs and reports. Sign up for their emails if you can, it will save you a lot of time https://constitution-unit.com/ https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/ https://blogs.cardiff.ac.uk/brexit/ https://www.assembly.wales/en/bus-home/research/Pages/research-description-2.aspx https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/ https://www.hansardsociety.org.uk/blog/
If possible, it is a good idea to follow Mr Quinn’s twitter account @MaelorPolitics where you will find links to relevant news stories and videos.
There are also a lot of political radio programmes and podcasts as well – research to find the ones you find most useful or interesting.
Understanding controversies and being able to argue the extent to which certain principles are applied in reality are crucial skills in studying Government and Politics. This bridging project helps you to develop those skills, as well as showing you the importance of research and being able to back up the points you make with evidence and examples.
1. Research and write down in as much detail as possible, your own definition of what democracy means – it is a really important starting point for analysing the government and politics of any country. If possible try to consider a few different definitions and how it is done in practice before arriving at your own definition.
2. Research how democratic the UK political system currently is. To do this you will need to download and read the LSE’s ‘Democratic Audit’ book from https://www.democraticaudit.com/the-uks-changing-democracy-the-2018-democratic-audit/ and use this as the starting point for your research. If you check on the Democratic Audit website you will also find that there have been some updates for the situation in 2019
3. Use your research to prepare two sets of notes – arguments and evidence/examples that the UK is very democratic in its government and politics, and arguments and evidence that it is not very democratic (HINT – the Democratic Audit book has a SWOT strengths/weaknesses analysis of every aspect of UK politics, so use this as your starting point)
The first few lessons of Government and Politics in September will be devoted to debating how democratic the UK is, but as yet you don’t know which side you will be allocated to argue for, so it is important that you try to find out as much about both sides of the argument as possible.
UNIT 1 – Wales and England 1780-1880
This unit will cover the social and political changes that happened in the UK in this period, as well as the reactions that people had to them.
The best way to start preparing for this element of AS History is to do the free online course on the period at Future Learn, which begins on 4th May. Follow this link to sign up for the course https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/peterloo-to-the-pankhursts-radicalism-and-reform-in-the-nineteenth-century
These are some recommended resources to help you complete this course, and to help you understand how much the UK changed between 1780 and 1880 :
Political change (watch from “Glorious Revolution”) https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvsS9mRi0sXZx4M4Ysdxr-THM8APIMsMy
Social history (watch from “Iron and Industry”) https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvsS9mRi0sXb6sm_-SH9ciODQq3sQuK8Y https://www.youtube.com/c/historyhub
There are also a series of short videos on YouTube by History Hub which are very useful :
1. Radical protest in the 19th century https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLSegY__gUYIfIoNRLhDmUQHj2uLjBSTVl
2. Reforming Parliament https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLSegY__gUYIfm0WGFr1cmGJEIe4rb5qtw 3. Peterloo https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLSegY__gUYIetNELQJjRXJr3Bvu0Q2WyF 4. Chartism https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLSegY__gUYIcVJ1YAcOsORh-2tA8XnNwq
The History of Parliament website has a section dedicated to this period of time which has a lot of relevant posts in its blogs, especially about corruption and how the process of elections changed. See https://victoriancommons.wordpress.com/resources/
There are also a series of related websites which contain biographies of important individuals and brief descriptions of important events - http://www.historyhome.co.uk/c-eight/18chome.htm and http://www.historyhome.co.uk/peel/peelhome.htm and http://www.victorianweb.org/history/sochistov.html This website also covers important events and individuals https://spartacus-educational.com/PRparliament.htm
If you can get hold of these books, new or second-hand, they will really help you get a good overall understanding of this period of time –
“Industrialisation and the People: Britain c1783-1885” by Ailsa Fortune (https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0198354533/ref=cm_sw_r_em_apa_i_13ULEb4WTWRRY)
“Years of Expansion: British History, 1815-1914” by Michael Scott-Baumann (https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0340790814/ref=cm_sw_r_em_apa_i_V2ULEbV9PC49G)
“Access To History Context: An Introduction to Nineteenth Century British History, 1800 – 1914” by Michael Lynch (https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/034073745X/ref=cm_sw_r_em_apa_i_I0ULEbZQQ6323)
“Flagship History: Britain 1783-1918” by Derrick Murphy (https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0007150784/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_HnBMEbJWTZQJJ)
“The Forging of the Modern State: Early Industrial Britain, 1783-1870” by Eric J. Evans (https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0582472679/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_-oBMEbYGYW4RJ)
Unit 2 - The German Reformation 1500-1531
This module is important because it explains...
· how and why we ended up with the Protestant Church
· what was wrong with the Catholic Church c1500
· why people have been at war over religion since
The more you read around this subject, the better your notes will be, and the more of an advantage you will have in September. These tasks will give you a detailed level of understanding of the first half term of work for Unit 2.
Please try to research and write the following
1. a biography of German Monk Martin Luther - include born/died/ evens of 1517/ early life/ main publications
2. a biography of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V - include the main events in his life
3. biographies of earlier Reformers and look at similarities and differences with Martin Luther; include Jan Huss, John Wycliffe, Desiderius Erasmus (clue - look at their criticisms of the Catholic Church, what they did and what happened to them)
4. a report on what happened in October 1517 and what the reaction was to this (go up to 1521)
Other things you can do to get a head start on the tasks above:
1. Download a map of the Holy Roman Empire c.1500
2. If you are intending to do A-Level history, and if possible, get yourself cheap copies of the following books from amazon market place
· Andrew Johnston - The Protestant Reformation in Europe
· Geoffrey Elton – Reformation Europe 1517-1559
· Owen Chadwick - The Reformation
3. Recommended websites and internet videos to help you
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Martin-Luther https://www.history.com/topics/reformation/martin-luther-and-the-95-theses http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/luther_martin.shtml https://www.historytoday.com/archive/feature/martin-luther-and-german-reformation https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2017/09-10/history-martin-luther-religious-revolution/ https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b086nzhk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhGGjRjvq7w https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAACMptKD-c https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/world-history/renaissance-and-reformation/protestant-reformation/v/introduction-to-the-protestant-reformation-luther-2-of-4 https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/world-history/renaissance-and-reformation/protestant-reformation/v/protestant-reformation-1 https://www.britannica.com/biography/Erasmus-Dutch-humanist http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/erasmus.shtml https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRYzW3BSj0I https://www.britannica.com/biography/Charles-V-Holy-Roman-emperor https://www.historytoday.com/archive/charles-v’s-spanish-abdication https://www.themaparchive.com/the-holy-roman-empire-1477.html https://www.britannica.com/biography/Jan-Hus https://www.historytoday.com/archive/john-wycliffe-condemned-heretic https://reformation500.csl.edu/bio/jan-hus/ https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/martin-luther-posts-95-theses https://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/the-reformation/the-95-theses/ https://www.britannica.com/event/Ninety-five-Theses
ICT Assignment – Multimedia Product – Theme “Go Wild”
Google classrooms code: hn3o6fk
To access this work join google classrooms using the code above.
Hello! So that you can get a "feel" of how a BTEC assignment is completed. I would like you to complete this assignment by September and bring it with you when you start the 6th form, or upload your master piece onto Google Classrooms, so others can view it. BTEC students have to try to be independent learners - It's what sets them apart from the crowd! Sources of good information on how to carry out tasks can be found on google and YouTube.
To gain the highest marks, a distinction, you have to include a lot of detail. So, for you, this means that your multimedia product has to have many different elements included in it.
To make this slightly easier for you, the assignment has a grading sheet to help you on your journey. Now, don't lose your work, because it could help you next year when you start the course.
Good luck to you all, keep safe and I look forward to seeing you and your masterpieces!
In preparation for A level Maths you will want to make sure that your algebra and trigonometry from GCSE is fully revised. Beyond that it would be very useful to study the content of Additional Maths, using google classroom with class code tcrmak3 . This work will introduce you to many of the topics covered in year 12 pure maths and will help your understanding greatly when covering new work in lessons next year.
Other useful links:
In AS music you extend and develop your skills in the 3 key areas of performing, composing and appraising through the study of 2 topics: The Western Classical Tradition and Musical Theatre.
This is the ideal time to play your instrument or sing and to watch and listen to a wide range of music in preparation for this.
If you do not already have one, I strongly recommend investing in a music dictionary (I still have and use the two I bought when I was at school!) The New Penguin Dictionary of Music is pretty good and can be bought cheaply on Amazon.
I have put some suggestions and ideas of things to do on google classroom.
The classcode is 6u3n5gl
Yr11 GCSE PE students who are considering doing AS PE in September – Please look at the link below to read up on the only part of the GCSE Specification that you have not covered in theory lessons this year. This content will form part of a ‘ Sport and Society’ unit of work covered in A Level PE.
The Physics team are setting work that will be useful preparation for A level Physics. If you have opted for Physics or are considering taking it in Year 12 this work will help students to bridge the gap between GCSE and A level. The first topic we will look at is the "Introduction to Basic Physics" this ensure Students have the required skills to cope with the demands of A level Physics.
Please join google classrooms code: ldyhuu2 to access this work.
AS Product Design
The Design and Technology department are setting work that is useful preparation for A-Level Product Design. If you have opted for this subject or are considering taking it at A level, this work will help you get ready for September.
The preparation work will help you develop your knowledge, understanding, skills and application for designing. You will be presented with series of design challenges based on real world problems in which you need to solve. Your designs will need to be fit for purpose, satisfy desires and needs, provide sustainable solutions, enhance our day to day lives and most importantly, give you the opportunity to demonstrate your creative and design capability.
The work will be set on Google Classrooms for you to complete code: 6gjf57n
Also take a look at the following websites for resource videos related Product Design.
Graphical Communication/Drawing Skills
Worth a watch
How to Make series starts beginning of April on BBC Four
Inside story of IKEA
The Psychology department are setting work that is useful preparation for A-Level Psychology. If you have opted for this subject or are considering taking it at A level, this work will help you get ready for September.
The code is vld5xjo
The Sociology department are setting work that is useful preparation for A-Level Sociology. If you have opted for this subject or are considering taking it at A level, this work will help you get ready for September. Sociology is a new subject for most students and so it may be useful to spend time now engaging in useful research around the subject.
The code is s5qvic7
For students intending to study Welsh at A Level here are few resources in preparation for September.
Unit 1 is an oral exam where you will discuss the film Patagonia. If you wish to watch the film use the link below. www.soo.gd/patagonia
Unit 2 is the coursework element. You will complete extended writing on a Welsh theme of your choice. Please use the PowerPoint, this outlines the coursework element in detail. You could start by researching possible topics or you could start writing.
If you wish to start writing, I recommend the introduction. A paragraph about you, name, age, likes/ dislikes, GCSE subjects and A Level subjects.
Unit 3 is the Poetry and Grammar paper. Mr Rule has created some grammar resources for you to try at home.
Use the link below for Unit 2 and 3 resources.
Any questions just contact Mrs Goodchild or Mr Rule. Diolch.