Pre-University Preparation For Year 13

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Please look through the resources below and use them to help with your university prep. There are some general resources and then some subject specific prep. Have fun!

Don't forget to keep checking your Year 13 team, we are still adding to that too.

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Study Skills and Preparing for University

Critical Thinking at university An Introduction - Critical thinking is a vital skill for university study whatever your discipline. Prepare for university now.

English for Academic Study - Prepare to study at university, explore the qualities of a successful student, and learn key vocabulary in an academic context

Prepare for Career Success at university - Find out how to make the most of your time at university and ensure you have the skills and experience graduate employers want

An Intermediate Guide to Writing in English for University Study- Improve your academic English skills further, learning about critical analysis, using sources, avoiding plagiarism and more.

Improving your study techniques - Improve your study skills and get better results by learning to use the 'three-step study model'

Preparing for University -This course explores and develops key analytical skills that students need in order to succeed at university learning environment.

Preparing to go to university


Students might also want to consider setting up a profil on LinkedIn. Instructions can be found here. It is useful for research, networking and for sourcing opportunities for internships, etc. Please remember to connect with Hockerill.

Further Careers related resources can be found in the both the main home learning page of the website as well as the Pre Diploma Prepartion section and the main Careers Section in College Life. 




The Arts

Visual Art

Work your way through relevant programs: Read ‘The Story of Modern Art’ by Nobert Lynton. Maintain a sketchbook; include life drawings, still life and interiors plus experimental studies with a range of media.

Theatre Arts/Performance

For those of you studying Arts/Literature at University, the best preparation is to expand your wider reading and 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.

Digital Theatre+ which some of you may have used in lessons this year has an extensive back catalogue of classic as well as contemporary plays, there are masterclasses and lots of interviews with Industry professionals. There are study guides a wide range of pedagogy documents for you to explore.


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

Password: stagedoor

The National Theatre Collective is offering free access during lockdown to some of the NT’s back catalogue again a mix of classics and contemporary shows in different styles.


Username: Hockerill

Password: M@cbeth

There are also many different theatre companies planning and offering free shows via platforms like YouTube;

Cirque Du Soleil have released a short show on YouTube

Headlong theatre company are currently planning an online show

Instagram has several good accounts such as 24hourplays which showcase online collaborations too




English Language and Literature

The British Library website has many fantastic resources that will help you to discover new areas of literature.

The English and Media Centre magazine is published online monthly, and the archive is also well worth browsing through for short, accessible articles about Literature and Language (Username: Hockerillstudent Password: Shakespeare).

Many universities publish reading lists online for the first year of the course or even all their modules – check what is available for your likely destination (usually available from the course details pages within the undergraduate admissions section), or have a browse through these ones from Balliol College Oxford, Leeds University or Newcastle University.

For a crash course in iconic works from all over the world there is a 12-week MOOC called Masterpieces of World Literature available from Harvard University. The Open University also offers a range of free courses on aspects of literature, language and creative writing.  

Don’t forget that Project Gutenberg has more than 50,000 free books that are out of copyright and can be downloaded.

The National Theatre is also currently offering free access to many of recent productions.

It’s worth browsing through the culture sections of the weekend newspapers, some of which are freely available (for example or you could invest in a subscription to The New Yorker or the Times Literary Supplement.

Finally, visit the IB English Year 13 2019-20 Team to find details of a Lockdown Bookclub running weekly online next term and an international reading list.




Liste de sites pour continuer à pratiquer avant l’université

Chers tous, voici une liste qui peut vous aider pour préparer votre entrée à l’université. Elle contient des sites variés pour maintenir ou améliorer votre niveau de français pendant les vacances

 Pour l’écoute:

 Pour la lecture:

 Pour la grammaire:

 Films à voir pour se détendre:

Comédies: La famille Bélier /  Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis / Qu’est-ce que j’ai fait au bon Dieu ?

La vie est un long fleuve tranquille.

Histoires vraies: Intouchable / Monsieur Chocolat / La vie en rose

Deuxième Guerre Mondiale: Le dernier metro / Sac de billes / Au revoir, les enfants / La râfle

Livre adapté au cinéma: Oscar et la dame rose / Docteur Knock

Autre genre: Amélie


The best way to continue learning Japanese is to use the website, Marugoto:

This allows you to work through lots of different levels with amazing resources.

Also, if you have Netflix, watch lots of Japanese anime, movies etc and you can use a wonderful chrome extension called, "Language Learning with Netflix' which is free to download and gives you both English and Japanese subtitles (you could choose to have one or both).

Finally, I will keep the Japanese class on Education Perfect, and they have really excellent pre-built lessons which you can work through:



Biology, Medicine, Biological Sciences

Small and Mighty; An introduction to MicroBiology

Introduction to the Function of DNA

Viruses and how to beat them

Biology Summer Reading.


  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.


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

Chemistry & Chemical Engineering

A good general introductory textbook: Chemistry³: Introducing inorganic, organic and physical chemistry by Burrows and Holman.

There are also some interesting Chemistry questions and puzzles on

Register for an account on for online problems that build up skills towards studying Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at University. There are also sections available for building skills in Mathematics and Physics too.

Physics/Engineering courses

Challenge Everything – Using Maths and Science in everyday life.

The Discovery of the Higgs Boson

Understanding Mechanics

Sport & Exercise Science

Below are some suggested books for most Sports Science Courses – but please check with your actual university who will also publish a suggested reading list. Reviewing anatomy and physiology will a good use of time as will thinking about the scientific method in general so that you are ready for practical work.

Sports and Exercise Science

What is the Body?




Social Sciences


YouTube clip pointing you in the direction of good free online courses if you are studying Geography (or related subjects at University)

Two books by Danny Dorling, a Geography Lecturer at Oxford University

IBDP Geography current affairs magazine

 Two books about global geopolitics by Tim Marshall, a British Journalist

A book about Global Development by Hans Rosling, professor of international health and founder of

Current affairs podcasts

Free online lectures from the Royal Geographical Society


There are some excellent series of lectures on YouTube, particularly:

Introduction to Psychology by Paul Bloom at Yale:

Introduction to Human Behavioural Biology by Robert Sapolsky at Stanford:

Similarly, books by these and other Psychology lecturers e.g. How the Mind Works and The Language Instinct by Steven Pinker, Behave by Robert Sapolsky.


Follow @haecon on twitter #haecon will have articles and links on general interest in Economics from a range of sources.

An open-access platform for anyone who wants to understand the economics of innovation, inequality, environmental sustainability, and more

RES Annual Public Lecture 2018: What Economists Really Do - Oriana Bandiera (Full lecture)

Remember there are a range of links on the Economics TEAM which you should still have access to.

Social Anthropology