Resources for Pre – Diploma Programme Students

You are not expected to use all of these resources, but there is a wide range here that should enable you to find things that interest you as well as providing you with chances to study any topics that you may need to know before the start of the course.

In the Academic English for International Students section there are sample essays and vocabulary lists that may be of interest to all students.


Core Resources

Study Skills

Undertaking an Extended Project Qualification, IB extended essay or any other scholarly research? This guides you step-by-step.

Improving Your Study Techniques

Theory of Knowledge

In Theory of Knowledge lessons we will expect you to be curious about the world around you and open-minded towards the perspectives of other students. To help prepare for this we recommend spending some time watching TED Talks. The following are some of our favourites:



Recommended Reads for IB and A-Levels

No matter what your plans are for next year, you should always be reading through a good book. However, it may also be nice to know that what you are reading will help you get a head start on your studies.

Below is a recommended reading list for both IB and A-levels. In both courses you will read a variety of texts both in English and translated from other languages. Many of the books below will work for both course and I have even highlighted a few of my personal favourites*. If you would like to talk through the options or discuss what your plans are for next year (and therefore what to read), then please contact me or your own English teacher.

Students are also encouraged to read the following guides: Making The Leap to Sixth Form English. and Leaping into Language.  Students who are planning to study the Diploma Language and Literature course are also encouraged to complete this futurelearn course,

Happy Reading!


All classes will revise A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen (ISBN-13: 978-1408106020)  at the start of the year, but that is just the beginning…

Here are the top ten most commonly read works, across all genres in all IB World Schools

  1. Hamlet, William Shakespeare*
  2. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams
  4. Macbeth, William Shakespeare
  5. Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller
  6. Othello, William Shakespeare
  7. Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
  8. The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde*
  9. Poetry of Robert Frost
  10. Poetry of Carol Ann Duffy*

The top ten most commonly read novels written in English

(excluding The Great Gatsby and Things Fall Apart mentioned above)

  1. Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
  2. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood*
  3. 1984, George Orwell
  4. The Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
  5. The Awakening, Kate Chopin*
  6. The Things They Carried, Tim Obrien
  7. Beloved, Toni Morrison*
  8. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austin
  9. The Scarlett Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
  10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë*
  11. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini* (tied with Jane Eyre!)

The top ten most commonly read novels in translation

  1. Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  2. The Stranger, Albert Camus
  3. Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi*
  4. Perfume, Patrick Suskind*
  5. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
  6. Woman at Point Zero, Newal El Saadawi
  7. Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
  8. The Reader, Bernhard Schlink
  9. Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevski
  10. Midaq Alley, Naguib Mahfouz

Literary works you are likely to study in Year 12

Lit Lang Standard

Lit Lang Higher

Lit Standard

Lit Higher

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Selected poems from The World’s Wife by Carol Ann Duffy

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

Selected poems from The World’s Wife by Carol Ann Duffy

The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

1984 by George Orwell

Antigone by Sophocles

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

Selected poems from The World’s Wife by Carol Ann Duffy

The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

1984 by George Orwell

Antigone by Sophocles

Selected lyrics by Bob Dylan

The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea by Yukio Mishima


Suggestions for further reading linked to the course

Work studied

Further works by the same author

Works by other authors to compare and contrast

Contextual focus to explore

A Doll’s House

The Wild Duck

Hedda Gabler

Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire

Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman

Victorian ideas about gender


The Handmaid’s Tale

Alias Grace

The Blind Assassin Oryx and Crake

Any dystopian novels such as The Road by Cormac McCarthy, 1984 by George Orwell, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, or Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.

Feminist literary criticism

The purpose and history of dystopian literature

The Puritans in 17th Century America

American politics in the 1980s

The World’s Wife

Standing Female Nude



Browse this collection of feminist poetry, podcasts and essays from the Poetry Foundation.

Or explore other modern poets such as Ted Hughes, Simon Armitage, Sylvia Plath and Seamus Heaney.

Remind yourself of the Biblical stories of Delilah and Salome and the mythological stories of Medusa, Midas, Tiresias, Demeter and Pygmalion.




Graphic novels such as Maus by Art Spiegelman, Fun Home by Alison Bechdel or Pyongyang by Guy Delisle.

The genre of the graphic novel (Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud).

History of Iran 1960s to 2010.


The Great Gatsby

Tender is the Night

Tales of the Jazz Age (short stories)

The Sun Also Rises or A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway

Of Mice and Men or The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

1920s America – the jazz age.


Animal Farm,

Homage to Catalonia,

Down and Out in Paris and London,

Collected essays and short stories

See dystopias above

Communism in the 1930s and 1940s


Oedipus the King


Medea by Euripides

Other tragedies eg by Shakespeare



Aristotle’s ideas about tragedy

Greek tragedy (National Theatre video)

The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea

Death in Midsummer and Other Stories (short stories)

The Sound of Waves

Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

After the Quake short stories by Haruki Murakami

Japan after the Second World War




Chinua Achebe ,  Things Fall Apart

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,     Purple Hibiscus*, Americanah

Monica Ali,        Brick Lane

Margaret Atwood,        The Handmaid’s Tale, Oryx and Crake, The Blind Assassin*

Jane Austen,          Pride and Prejudice*, Emma, Sense and Sensibility

Charlotte Brontë,     Jane Eyre*

Charles Dickens,     Great Expectations, Hard Times, Bleak House

Daphne Du Maurier,    Rebecca

Sebastian Faulks,        Birdsong*, Charlotte Gray*

F. Scott Fitzgerald,        The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night

E.M. Forster,    A Room with a View, A Passage to India

Gabriel Garcia Marquez,    Love in the Time of Cholera

Graham Greene,     Brighton Rock*

Thomas Hardy,    Far from the Madding Crowd, Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Ernest Hemingway,      For Whom the Bell Tolls, A Farewell to Arms*

Khaled Hosseini,     A Thousand Splendid Suns*

Aldous Huxley,      Brave New World*

Kazuo Ishiguro,      The Remains of the Day, Never Let Me Go

James Joyce ,    Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Dubliners

Jhumpa Lahiri,     The Namesake

Andrea Levy,     Small Island

Hilary Mante,    l Wolf Hall, Bring out the Bodies

Ian McEwan,    Atonement, Enduring Love

Iris Murdoch,     The Bell, The sea, the sea

George Orwell,     Nineteen Eighty-Four

Arundhati Roy,    The God of Small Things

Sylvia Plath,     The Bell Jar

Annie Proulx,    Postcards, The Shipping News

Jean Rhys,     Wide Sargasso Sea

John Steinbeck,    The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden

Bram Stoker,     Dracula*

Alice Walker,    The Colour Purple

Sarah Waters,    The Little Stranger

Jeanette Winterson,     Oranges are not the only Fruit

Zadie Smith,     White Teeth*, NW, On Beauty

Virginia Woolf,     Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse


Simon Armitage

WH Auden

William Blake

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Lord Byron

Geoffrey Chaucer

ST Coleridge

Emily Dickinson

Carol Ann Duffy

TS Eliot

Seamus Heaney

Ted Hughes

John Keats

Philip Larkin

John Milton

Wilfred Owen

Sylvia Plath

Christina Rossetti

Siegfried Sassoon

Percy Shelley

Alfred Lord Tennyson

William Wordsworth


You could also try and watch performances of work by the

following dramatists:

Samuel Beckett

Alan Bennett

Bertolt Brecht

Anton Chekhov

Henrik Ibsen

Arthur Miller

Harold Pinter

William Shakespeare

George Bernard Shaw

Sam Shephard

Tom Stoppard

Tennessee Williams

Oscar Wilde

Non Fiction:

Anon: I Am The Secret Footballer

Maya Angelou: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

Allie Brosh: Hyperbole and a Half

Bill Bryson: The Lost Continent, Notes from a Small Island

Alan Bennett: Writing Home

Vera Brittain: Testament of Youth

Truman Capote: In Cold Blood

Jenny Diski: Skating to Antarctica

Anna Funder: Stasiland

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

Robert Graves: Goodbye To All That

Stephen Grosz: The Examined Life

George Orwell: Down and Out in Paris and London

Alexander Masters: Stuart: A Life Backwards

Helen Macdonald: H is for Hawk

Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Solomon Northrop: Twelve Years a Slave

Jeannette Winterson: Why Be Happy When You Could be Normal?

Xinran: What the Chinese Don’t Eat

All Year 11 students are also encouraged to enter the competition below. Further details are here English and Media Centre. Please email entries to for submission.

English Comp



Language A (other than English) and Language Acquisition

FRENCH A Language and Literature (SL and HL)

At least one work from:

A Classic writer such as Molière, Beaumarchais, Voltaire

A 19th century writer such as Victor Hugo, Gustave Flaubert, Emile Zola, Jules Vernes

A 20th century writer such as André Chédid, Daniel Pennac, Albert Camus


Poetry, prose and drama from a range of periods and in a range of styles. Some works in translation

Novels in Italian:

Giovanni Verga: Mastro don Gesualdo Leonardo Sciascia: Il giorno della civetta Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa: Il gattopardo

Italo Calvino: Se una notte d’inverno un viaggiatore

Novels in translation:

Daniel Pennac: Il paradiso degli orchi Tahar Ben Jelloun: Libro del buio Isabel Allende: La Casa Degli Spiriti


Dario Fo: Mistero buffo

Niccolo Madiavelli: Mandragola Poetry:

(Einaudi) Antologia della poesia italiana. Ottocento

(Einaudi) Antologia della poesia italiana. Novecento


The Literature A: Spanish course is aimed at students who enjoy reading. So, in order to prepare you for the start of this course, you should read widely over the summer break, covering different genres and literary periods, and try to keep a reading diary if possible. Additionally, students must ensure that they read the following before the start of the course:

  1. Lázaro Carreter, Fernando (ed. 2004) Cómo se comenta un texto literario. Madrid: Cátedra. This is a key reference text to show you how to do a good textual commentary.
  2. Fernán-Gómez, Fernando (1984): Las bicicletas son para el verano. Madrid: Cátedra. This is the first work that we will be studying.
  3. An introduction to Spanish and Latin America literature. It is important that you have an overview of key authors and literary movements, both in Spain and Latin America.


Students are expected to have revised the grammatical points listed below using the following sites.

•           Verbs tenses (present, near future, simple future, perfect, imperfect, conditional) for regular and irregular verbs, including reflexive verbs

•           Gender and plural agreement rules

•           The use of connectives, adverbs, quantifiers

•           Verbs that take an infinitive (e.g: modal verbs)

•           Use of direct and indirect pronouns (e.g: je la regarde; j’en mange; j’y vais)

Students are also expected to be familiar with current affairs (in French speaking countries and in the world in general) and should look at the following sites:

The themes are:

Thème 1: Organisation sociale (Relations sociales / Éducation / Monde du Travail)

Thème 2: Expériences (Loisirs / Coutumes et Traditions / Migrations)

Thème 3: Identités (Santé / Bien-Être / Valeurs / Langue et Identité)

Thème 4: Ingéniosité humaine (Expressions Artistiques / Communication / Medias / Technologie)

Thème 5: Partage de la planète (Environnement / Droits de l’Homme / Mondialisation)

For students taking French Higher, we recommend reading:

"Oscar et la Dame Rose" by Eric Emmanuel Schmidt

"Art" by Yazmina Reza

“Petit Pays” by Gaël Faye


Ensure that you have a good understanding of German grammar before you start your German B course. ‘Upgrade your German’ by Silke Mentchen and Annemarie Kunzl-Snodgrass – this is a very useful and effective grammar book with many exercises. You should own your own grammar book and work with it independently.

Useful online resources for grammar revision can be found here:

Goethe Institut the German cultural institute has a very valuable website, see especially the section for German GCSE ‘Auf Deutsch; and ‘A-Level’ for many useful resources to learn vocabulary.

Another great source for texts, videos and other useful material for German language students is Deutsche Welle.

ZDF and ARD are the two main German TV channels, here you can find news videos, German TV programmes and short articles about current affairs topics.  


Parola per parola: New Advanced Italian Vocabulary (Hodder Education) Nuova grammatical practice della lingua italiana (Alma Editions) Articles from:

ITALIAN ab initio

Watch some Italian films to familiarise yourself with the language and culture

Io non ho paura (2003)

Mio Fratello é figlio unico (2007)

La vita é bella (1997)

JAPANESE ab initio

To prepare for the Japanese ab initio programme you need to learn the two phonetic alphabets prior to starting the course. There are numerous websites to help you with this task, but the most effective is to contact me at, and I will give you a password and username to use Language Perfect, which will guide you through learning these two key alphabets. In addition, due to the current situation, there is a free beginners’ course which will help prepare you for your Japanese studies:


In preparation for the Language B you should use the Language Perfect website to thoroughly revise the GCSE vocabulary and kanji. If you do not have a username and password, please contact the school and we will organise this for you to use over the summer break. You will also be expected to know the first 50 kanji of the 200 prescribed Language B kanji, which is also on Language Perfect. There is also a free course being offered due to the current situation which is a perfect way to revise your language in preparation for the Language B course:


The Spanish B course (SL and HL) is an exciting course which will open your mind to the variety and richness of the Spanish-speaking world. This is why, the best way to prepare yourself for this course is by becoming familiarised with Spanish (and Latin American) current affairs by:

  1. reading online newspapers:  or
  2. listening to radio programmes in Spanish: (Spanish stations) (South American radio stations)
  3. watching Spanish films or online programmes in Spanish (  or  the BBC Guide to watching Spanish TV If using subtitles, please select Spanish subtitles, to maximise your learning.

It is also important to consolidate your grammatical knowledge. Make sure you are confident with the grammar you have studied so far (verb conjugation in particular). You can check the following textbooks and websites:

  • Zollo, Mike and Turk, Phil Acción Gramatica: New Advanced Spanish Grammar

ISBN 13: 9780340915264

Higher Level students will be required to read the following literary texts during the course of the two-year programme:

  • Fernando Fernán-Gómez (1984): Las bicicletas son para el verano
  • García Márquez, Gabriel (1981) Crónica de una muerte anunciada 


During the summer you should make an effort to pick up basic words and phrases and start familiarising yourself with Spanish sounds and Hispanic cultures. Apps such as Duolingo ( ) or websites such as Memrise ( ) or Quizlet ( ) can help you start learning the basics of Spanish in a fun way. The BBC Spanish website ( is also a very good starting point.

A useful source of cultural information is also the website of the Instituto Cervantes (  ), where you will find information about cultural events related to Spanish and Hispanic culture in the UK. You should check it regularly for exhibitions or film showings happening in London.


Individuals and Societies


 It is imperative that you look out for business articles in the quality broadsheet newspapers and watch the national and international news and visit the BBC website ( Business section. This is really important as you will be expected to build a portfolio of articles about three different businesses, from different sectors, throughout the course and you should choose one, or all, of your businesses now. These should include at least one small to medium size business, i.e. one with less than 250 employees. Now is a great time to make a start on this as businesses responses to the global pandemic are very varied and it has not always been bad news to individual businesses. We will use your portfolios from the first lesson as discussion points to help introduce the different aspects of Business Management.


A range of recent news articles and videos touching on the themes of economics in Year 12.

Microeconomics Term 1

Markets: Vanilla Prices

Market Failure: The Sugar Tax

Theory of the Firm (HL)

Asda Sainsbury Supermarket Merger

The Rise of Monopsony

Macroeconomics Term 2

Rise and Fall of GDP

Monetary Policy US Interest Rate Dilemma

Argentina Economic Profile

Fiscal Policy Tax Cuts and Trickle Down

Inequality - Should we Care

Universal Basic Income

Follow @haecon on Twitter for a future feed of relevant articles, the hashtags #haecon and #haeccv will give recent articles of general interest and related to COVID 19 impacts.


See Experimental Sciences Section


Students will arrive in Year 12 with varying levels of geographical knowledge depending on which GCSE exam board they studied. Hockerill students will have studied Edexcel B. Some students will not have studied GCSE Geography. Please check the list of topics below and if you feel you have not studied a similar topic theme at GCSE Geography level, please purchase a GCSE Geography revision guide or use BBC Bitesize to gain an overview of these topics at GCSE level: 

  • Population 
  • Development indicators
  • Resource consumption (renewable and non-renewable, circular economy, sustainable use)
  • Climate change
  • Oceans and coasts 
  • Hazards (earthquakes, volcanoes, mass movement) 
  • Food and Health (Higher Level only) 
  • Globalisation (Higher Level only)

The weblinks below will further your knowledge from what we studied at GCSE and help prepare you really well for the IBDP. When choosing podcasts, lectures and articles to read, please remember the list of topics above so that you can try and find things that link to these topics to help you prepare really well.

Keep up to date with national and global current affairs, Geography is the study of people and places therefore everything that is happening in the world relates to the subject. - IBDP Geography current affairs magazine - A book about global geopolitics by Tim Marshall, a British Journalist – A book about Global Development by Hans Rosling, professor of international health and founder of - podcasts on current affairs - podcasts on current affairs – Free online lectures from the Royal Geographical Society


All students (both SL and HL) will be starting with the causes of the First World War so reading up on that topic would be useful. We recommend the following websites to do this:

If you do want to read a book on this subject, then ‘The First World War: A Very Short Introduction’ by Michael Howard is excellent.

Gresham College offers recorded lectures on a range of topics, including an excellent series on the First World War:


The following list of psychologists are useful as a starting point and can be researched using the internet, including YouTube videos for some:

Philip Zimbardo, Stanley Milgram, Sigmund Freud, Albert Ellis, Aaron Beck, Anna Freud, Mary Ainsworth, Elizabeth Loftus.

David Eagleman has both a book and a TV series called The Brain: The Story of You.  This gives a very good introduction to the brain and behaviour.  It is very helpful when reading or watching about Psychology to ask: ‘What methods are the researchers using to arrive at their findings?’  You can also ask yourself: ‘Are these methods ethical?’


We do not require you to read anything in particular before starting. However, we would like you to become enthused about the subject. Begin with reading the following guide: What is Anthropology? then try to watch some of Bruce Parry’s programmes which are available on YouTube - they are quite enthralling.

If you would like to read a book, then the following are a good introduction and we have copies of Eriksen’s book that you are welcome to borrow:

Nigel Barley: The Innocent Anthropologist: Notes from a Mud Hut

Thomas Hylland Eriksen: Small Places - Large Issues: An Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology

John Monaghan and Peter Just: Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction



Experimental Sciences


International students should revise the IGCSE Biology text ‘Complete Biology’ published by Oxford University Press to provide a good pre-IB background.

Websites include:

Biology Summer Reading. Fiction:

1.      Eat, Sweat, Play (Anna Kessel). This describes what it is like to be a woman in sport and how sport changes the lives of those involved- not just in terms of their physical health, but in terms of what sport can do to help your mental health and just how closely being fit is linked to having a lifestyle that makes you happy.

2.      Everything Everything (Nicola Yoon). Without spoiling the plot, this covers the life of a girl kept inside by her medical conditions and just how closely health is tied to our relationships and family dynamics.

3.      Unbecoming (Jenny Downham). Covering three generations of women, this covers the whole spectrum of what it means to see a person as a whole person, and not just as a condition.

4.      It Ends With Us (Colleen Hoover). Describing the thought processes behind domestic violence, this book shows us that seemly simple decisions are always altered by the emotions we don’t always see, something that commonly translates to medicine.

5.      Every Last Word (Tamara Ireland Stone). This describes what it is like for the protagonist to live with a form of OCD and still conduct her day to day life.

6.      Reasons to Stay Alive (Matt Haig). Written by the author in the depths of an overwhelming depression, this book tackles mental health head on.

Biology Summer Reading. Non-Fiction

1.      *Trust Me, I’m a Junior Doctor (Max Pemberton)

2.      ad Pharma (Ben Goldacre)

3.      Where Does It Hurt? (Max Pemberton)

4.      Blood, Sweat and Tea (Tom Reynolds)

5.      In Stitches (Nick Edwards)

6.      Complications and Better (Atul Gawande)

7.      The House of God (Samuel Shem)

8.      The Other Side (Kate Granger)

9.      *The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (Oliver Sacks)

10.  *The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot)


Any recent GCSE/IGCSE textbook (for example, Chemistry for You/Lawrie Ryan/Nelson Thornes) will provide adequate background in the subject. We begin the course with some new ideas about the structure of the atom, which add new layers to the simple models used in 14-16 courses. We also study quantities in Chemistry (the mole) in depth. A good grasp of these topics at GCSE is especially important. Access to Advanced Level Chemistry is an old text but is useful for bridging the gap and reinforcing the basic concepts. In terms of IBDP textbooks, the Oxford IB Study Guide by Neuss (the newest version) is highly recommended by the Chemistry teachers.

The Oxford IB Study Guide 2014 Edition by Geoffrey Neuss is an outstanding study guide that covers all aspects of the course in a clear and straightforward manner.

Also before the course, obtaining and making use of a recent GCSE or IGCSE textbook (such as Collins AQA GCSE 9-1 Chemistry) will provide adequate background in the subject to prepare you for the big ideas in Chemistry such as the atom, bonding,  the mole, energetics, kinetics,  equilibrium and organic chemistry. - useful activities for post-16 STEM courses


You must bring a copy of this when you start the course -

Metcalfe and Metcalfe: Design and Techology 2nd Edition Product ID: ISBN 9781876659196 Watch:

“Grand Designs” on Channel 4 or 4OD

“The Big Life Fix with Simon Reeve” on BBC “Building Cars Live” only available on YouTube. Subscribe to:,,,,,,,, - useful activities for post-16 STEM courses


This course pulls from many aspects of the GCSE curriculum, but a good understanding of current global issues would be extremely helpful (this could include environmental disasters, human population growth, pollution, energy and water crises, climate change and pollution events as well as debates on environmental values and philosophies).

Useful IBDP textbooks include:

Hodder Education Environmental Systems and Societies Study and Revision Guide by Davis and Nagle (2nd edition)

Oxford IB Diploma Programme – ESS Course Companion 2015 by Rutherford and Williams

Pearson Baccalaureate Standard Level Environmental Systems and Societies 2nd edition by Davis and Nagle

Websites include:


All Physics students should be familiar with a good GCSE textbook, in English, such as Physics For You, Keith Johnson (Nelson Thornes). This provides the expected prior knowledge for the course.

Fizz: nothing is as it seems, Zvi Schreiber (Amazon). This is an excellent (and fun) overview of the development of our knowledge of Physics.

As a Physicist, you should be aware of Physics stories in the news, such as energy generation and space. - useful activities for post-16 STEM courses


Main text book - it is recommended that all students purchase a copy of IB Course Companion: Sports Exercise and Health, by John Sproule ISBN 978 019 912969. (SL)

We also recommend the following books:

Brenda Walpole: Biology for the IB Diploma ISBN 9780521171786

Two good websites for you to see how the course is structured and the detail needed can be found at: (SL only) (SL and HL) - useful activities for post-16 STEM courses

The links below will take you to some useful interactive simulations that are related to several topics that the SEHS course covers and will give you an idea of the types of practical work that will you will be expected to do:





All courses

It is expected that you will be able to manipulate algebraic expressions (for example, be able to expand and factorise expressions and rearrange formulae); be able to solve linear equations and linear simultaneous equations; know Pythagoras’ Theorem and Trigonometry on a right-angled triangle. You should also be able to understand probability and Tree diagrams.

The CIMT site ( has a good set of notes and questions, which, although targeted at those studying A levels, are good for brushing up on these skills.  You only need the Trigonometry of right-angled Triangles in the last section (not the Sine and Cosine Rules) the “Quadratics” section is only necessary for those taking Higher Level.

The use of technology will be expected through the course, so you are encouraged to make sure you know how to use a spreadsheet such as Excel and you should definitely be able to use a graphing program such as



Arts & Electives


Theory: You need good knowledge of how a standard computer works. If you have studied a GCSE level Computer Science course, review it before the term starts. If you have not formally studied computer systems, then the BBC Bitesize GCSE Computer science pages should be studied so that you are least familiar with the vocabulary and concepts we will build on. See

Practical: It is important that you have had some hands-on programming experience preferably using Python. We recommend that you have downloaded Python (freeware) onto a computer that you have access to and do some basic programming exercises.

1) Download and install Python (with IDLE) using:

2) Do the “Basics” course at:  or an equivalent (see below)


1) The Learn Python course at codecademy:

2) The Learn the basics section at:


A solid grasp of basic music theory is required to tackle the more analytical aspects of the course. Please read:

Eric Taylor: First steps in Music Theory Grades 1-5 ISBN 9781860960901 (ABRSM Publishing) 

In addition to this, recommended reading can include the following Cambridge Assignments in Music books on the history of Western Classical Music, Pop and World genres.

Other useful music resources include the music and Radio 3 programming on BBC:


Pre IB Theatre Arts suggested resources;

The best preparation for IB Theatre Arts is to expand your theatre viewing, now at this present moment with Theatres closed this may seem unlikely however, we have access to two excellent online platforms which allow you to see a range of theatre forms and access a range of theoretical documents.

When theatres do re-open try and see something new or go to the cinema and watch one of the National Theatre Live stream shows- you can access some of the best UK works without having to pay more than £20.00.

Until then these are my recommendations.


(please log in as an individual not via the institution link)


Password: stagedoor

Recommended works to watch:

The Container, Clare Bayley

The Container, by Clare Bayley, tells the story of a group of asylum seekers being smuggled across Europe inside a shipping container, seeking refuge in England. This production, directed by Tom Wright, was captured by Digital Theatre live inside a real shipping container parked outside London’s Young Vic Theatre.

Good for considering how modern issues can be reflected on stage.

A Disappearing Number , Simon McBurney

Winner of the 2008 Olivier Award for Best New Play, A Disappearing Number tells the true story of the extraordinary collaboration between Cambridge professor G.H. Hardy and self-taught mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. This production was devised by Complicité and directed by Simon McBurney.

Good for exploring contemporary staging methods.

Metamorphosis, Steven Berkoff -1969

Steven Berkoff's iconic adaptation of Franz Kafka’s novella, which tells the tale of a travelling salesman who is transformed into an insect, is brought to life in this highly physical and visually striking production. Captured live at the Parco Theater in Tokyo, this landmark performance is in Japanese with English subtitles.

Good for watching theater in different languages and for considering mime and physical theatre- adaptations or famous novels.

Don Giovanni ,Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ,1787

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Don Giovanni was first performed in 1787, and was based on the story of the Spanish lothario, Don Juan. The title character seduces, deceives and murders his way through the opera, doing his utmost to experience life, and all that it has to offer, to the full. 

Good for broadening your viewing- considering how Opera is staged for a modern audience.

There are also many famous versions of key classic Shakespeare/Greek plays.

Recommended lectures/essays:

Anne Bogart: The Vital And Energetic Role of the Audience

In this exclusive lecture, produced in association with The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, American theatre director Anne Bogart discusses the integral relationship between the audience and performance through the prism of five key topics: resonance, response, sight, sensation and presence.

The Art of Collaboration Lyn Gardner

DT Associate Lyn Gardner celebrates the power of collaboration in theatre, considering how it is essential for the successful creation and delivery of a production and provides an opportunity to diversify the pools of creativity.

A Guide to a Career in Acting Tilly Blackwood

This exclusive Digital Theatre+ resource offers a whole host of information on how to get the best foundation training for performing on stage. Written by professional actor and acting coach Tilly Blackwood, who founded the Audition Doctor, this invaluable guide provides a personal account on how to begin a career in acting.

Website 2: The National Theatre Collection

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Recommended viewing:

‘One Man Two Guvnors’ -comedy and slapstick

Good for understanding how works can be adapted for new audiences (Goldoni’s A servant of Two Masters) and for understanding Commedia Dell’arte which you will study in Year 12.

‘Antigone’- Greek tragedy

Good for exploring the classics on stage and considering the style of Green drama and tragedy.

‘Frankenstein’ - adaptation of novels

Good for watching famous actors, considering atmopshere and tension on stage.

VISUAL ARTS (SL and HL Art Theory)

‘Shock of the new’ by Robert Hughes.




Academic English for International Students

Academic Language is a particular form of English which is used when writing essays, commentaries, presentations and so on. It is very formal English as opposed to the language used more informally, such as when communicating with friends, family and so on. The following materials should help you to prepare for using academic English in your IB studies.


Academic English Booklet

Connectives Sheet

Sample Essays:

English Essay

Anthropology Essay 

Geography Essay

How to Write a History Essay

History Essay

Mathematics IA

Psychology Essay

Vocabulary List by subject

Art / Visual Art History
Biology Mathematics
Business Physics
Chemistry Psychology
Economics Social Anthropology 
English Sports Science
Environmental Systems Theatre Arts
Geography Theory of Knowledge


Careers Resources

10 Ways to Achieve Careers Education at Home

For existing Hockerill Year 11 students you can use you Unifrog login for careers exploaration also. (New students will receive a login in September). 

1. Explore different job roles and the job market

2. Find out about different courses and pathways

3. Have a debate
Debate career myths and stereotypes with someone else (online or face-to-face):
“Bricklaying is a man’s job” “Caring jobs (nurse, teacher, vet etc.) are for females” “Only rich people go to university” “Apprenticeships aren’t for academics” “You need all A’s in your A Levels to go to University” “Creative Industries don’t make any money”
Follow this up by researching online and writing down your thoughts.
4. Watch educational videos and documentaries
Stacey Dooley’s BBC Series
Follow this up by writing about what you learnt.
5. Play an educational game
Microsoft Minecraft
6. Discover and build upon your skills and strengths

7. Print and complete worksheets/workbooks

8. Take a free online course or lesson

9. Create a CV and/or write a personal statement

 10. Browse Careers Websites

Here are also some general free online learning sites!

 See also Careers and University Resources in the main home learnign page (although there is some overlap with the resouces on this page).