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The Super Curriculum


An Introduction to the Super Curriculum

Super curricular activities are those that take your regular curriculum further. They take the subjects you study in the classroom beyond that which your teacher has taught you or what you’ve done for home learning. For example, you may go into more depth on something you picked up in the classroom, or learn about a new topic altogether. This could be the difference between a Russell Group University place or not.

These activities are often in the form of extra reading but they can take many other forms, like watching videos online, downloading podcasts, attending lectures, visiting museums or entering academic  competitions. Try to try a variety of different activities.

Engaging in super curricular activities will help you develop a love for your favourite subject or subjects. There are a range of activities, suggested by your teachers. They are by no means exhaustive lists but should get you started. You need to keep a record of your super curricular work by completing your record sheet on a fortnightly basis. You also need to file your evidence, eg notes, screenshots etc, in the independent work section of your folder. 

Employers or universities will be interested to hear about what super curricular activities you have engaged in; they will be interested in what you have learnt and impressed by your efforts. These can help you stand out from the crowd.


Super curricular record sheet





Videos linked to artists/themes being studied

Portrait artist of the year

Landscape artist of the year

Great pottery throw down


Anything related to any artist who interests you or theme which interests you

Methods and Theories of Art History – Anne D’Alleva

The descent of man – Grayson Perry

Talk Art – Russel Tovey and Robert Diament



Talk Art

Tate Podcasts



Research artists who relate your project or research a concept or theme which is important to you such as gender in art.



Experimental art work

Work on location






Colossal | Art, design, and visual culture. (



Adobe Photoshop



Tate Liverpool

Crosby Beach – Anthony Gormley

Birmingham Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery

Whitworth Gallery

Walsall New Art Gallery


Extensive list on this website: and






Horizon Documentary with Michael Moseley

Amoeba sister YouTube Channel

Biology Ted talks

Inside Natures Giants

Journey to the Microcosmos

Incredible Medicine Casebook

The selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
Biological Science Review magazine 
The Double Helix by James Watson
A Life Decoded by Craig Venter
Bad Pharma by Ben Goldacre
Virolution by Frank Ryan
Genome by Matt Ridley
The Body - A Guide for occupants by Bill Bryson
The Biologists Magazine- Royal Society of Biology 
Wildlife magazine 
Science and Nature magazine 
New Scientist
Royal Society of Biology Blog
The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. about HeLa cells and the ethics behind it
The Ancestors Tale by Richard Dawkins
The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons by Sam Kean
Infinite monkey cage podcast
In defence of plants podcast
This week in microbiology
This week in evolution podcast
Origin stories podcast
Breaking bio podcast
Big bio podcast
Speaking up for the blue ocean podcast
Research Epidemiology and how Coronavirus impacts on different groups in society
Research CRISPR, a genetic engineering technique research
use new scientists or biological science review to research an area of Biology not covered by the specification 
British biology Olympiad
Royal Society of Biology Prize
Peterhouse College “Kelvin” Science Essay - Cambridge University
New ham College Essay Prize - Cambridge University - Year 12 Females only
National Library of Medicine
History World
Virtual Galapagos Trip
Anatomy Learning 3D Anatomy Atlas 
Practical Biology - Nuffield Foundation and RSB
Protein Databank
Bird watching at Attenborough or Skylarks
Visit a Botanical garden
Visit Twycross Zoo
National History Museum 
National Sealife Centre




Amazon's Empire

The bank that almost broke Britain

The bank that bust the world

The stock market explained

The Corporation

How Africia could one day rival China

Topical short videos from The Economist Publication

Topical short videos from The Financial Times

Warren Buffett Documentary

How Starbucks become an $80bn business

The rise of Nike

Inside McDonalds

Business Boomers: Rise of The Coffee Shops

Elon Musk Documentary

What it takes to be a great leader: TED Talk

Steve Jobs, Stanford Speech



Exploring Corporate Strategy, Johnson, Scoles and Whittington

Principals and Practices of Marketing, David Jobber

Brick by Brick: How Lego rewrote the Rules of innovation and Conquered the gobal toy industry

The Business Book (Big Ideas) 2014

Like a Virgin : Secrets they won't teach you at business school Branson, Sir Richard 2013

Leading, Ferguson, Alex and Mortiz, Michael, 2016

The 7 habits of Highly Effective People Paperback Stephen R. Covey, 2004

The Essence of Success: 12 Mini Biographies including Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Nelson Mandela, Steven Spielberg, Stephen Hawking, Chris Evans, Frank Sinatra, Tony Blair, Imran Khan, Malcolm X, James Dyson, Margaret Thatcher, 2014

What You See is What You Get: My Autobiography Alan Sugar 2011

Strong Woman: the Truth about getting back to the top Karren Brady 2013

Steve Jobs, The Exclusive Biography Walter Isaacson 2015

Alibaba: The House that Jack Ma Built. Duncan Clark

If I could Tell You Just One Thing.... Most Valuable Advice from Remarkable People, Richard Reed

The Up Starts: How Uber and Airbnb are changing the world, Brad Stone



In Business(Radio 4) and Global Business 9BBC World Services

The Bottom Line Podcasts with Evan Davis

Business Daily

The Disrupters - Interviews with ground breaking entrepreneurs

World of Business



Research how shares, share prices and market capitalization work

Research 11 of the most influential entrepreneurs of all time and what made them so successful

The World's Real Time Billionaires - See daily how much money the worlds biggles billionaires have made or lost today!

Research careers in business, including average salaries!



Create a profile of one of the 11 of the most influential entrepreneurs of all time and what made them so successful

Create a virtual portfolio of shares from the London Stock Exchange and trade a fictions £10k!



Set up a share training league and compete vs your friends using a fictional £10k

Vodafone's Think Big Competition

LSE Essay Competition

RES Essay Competition



Sloman Economics News

Tutor2U Business

The Guardian - Business

Financial Times - ask teacher for free subscription available through FT

BBC Business

Taking The Biz A Level Business Help



The Economist

Yahoo Finance

Bank of England

Bloomberg Trading App

Financial Times



Bank of England, London

Museum of the Docklands, London

Canary Wharf, London

Cadbury's World Birmingham

Land Rover Manufacturing Tour, West Midlands

Museum of Brands, London

Tour of the Audi factory in Germany - Book your slot here!







NurdRage - Practical Chemistry

The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures

The Imitation Game Movie- Alan Turing

A Beautiful Mind - John Nash

Hidden Figures - African American Females vs NASA

Hawking - Stephen Hawking

Periodic Videos - Nottingham University

American Chemical Society




The Science of Everyday Life by Marty Jopson

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

The Poisoners Handbook by Deborah Blum

Bad Science by Ben Goldacre

Quantum: A Guide for the perplexed by Jim Al-Khalili

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

The Billion Dollar Molecule by Barry Werth

Moles: A Survival Guide for Science by Keith Brown

Periodic Tales: The Curious lives of the elements by Hugh Aldersey-Williams

H2O: A Biography of water by Phillip Ball

Uncle Tungsten by Oliver Sacks

Obsessive Genius: The inner world of Marie Currie by Barbara Goldsmith

Why Chemical reactions happen by Keeler and Wothers



The Naked Scientist Podcast

Science in Action BBC Podcast

BBC In Our Time Podcast



Oxford Sparks - Find a topic of interest and do further research into it!

Independent Learning Project for Chemistry



Follow 'Compound Interest' on Twitter.  Make your own 'Infographic' on a compound that interests you.



Peterhouse College "Kelvin" Science Essay - Cambridge University

UK Chemistry Olympiad - The Royal Society of Chemistry

Newnham College Essay Prize - Cambridge University - Year 12 Females only

Stockholm Water Institute Essay writing competition



CEN Online - Chemical Engineering News Channel

The Chemistry Engineer - News FAQs and Features


Allery Chemistry

Chemistry World - Royal Society of Chemistry

Tyler Dewitt's YouTube Channel

Snap Revise Chemistry




iChemistry Pro

Periodic Table App

Learn Organic Chemistry App

Mechanisms: Organic Chemistry App

Equate formula Solver App



Museum if Science and Industry - Manchester

the Royal Institution - London

The Science Museum - London

The Old Operating Theatre - London












 Computer Science


Mysteries of the mind can be solves: A brain in a supercomputer - Henry Markram

Big Data: Watch the TedTalk on The year open data went worldwide - Tim BernersLee



MagPi is the official Raspberry Pi magazine

New Scientist

The Register (nicknamed El Reg) is a British technology news and opinion website.  Keep up to date by subscribing and reading news articles regularly.

Algorithmic Puzzles by Anany Levitin and Maria Levitin.  The emphasis lies in training the reader to think algorithmically and develop new puzzle-solving skills.

How Google works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg.  How Google works shines a light on the hiring and operating processes of Google, which have enabled it to come up with great products continuously and stay visionary over the past 17 years. 

Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human decisions a fascinating exploration of how computer algorithms can be applied in our everyday lives.



Computer Science - University of Oxford Podcast - Audio and Video Lectures

Spark- is an ongoing conversation about our rapidly changing world.  Along with you, host Nora Young explores how technology, innovation and design affects our lives.




Quantum computing: Shor's Algorithm focusses on quickly factorising number into primes. Write a short essay summarising how the birth of quantum computing allowed for efficient integer factorisation.



National Cipher Challenge: In the lead up to WWII the British intelligence services were flooded with reports of Nazi spies and sympathisers. With war fast approaching and limited resources the task of vetting al these reports was [assed to a fledging security organisation knows as BOSS.  As a new recruit you are given the job or decoding the secret messages that will expose the enemy agents!

Bebras Computational thinking challenge.



Project Euler 

CyberFirst - residential and non-residential courses.





Programming Hub



Bletchley Park






The Big Short (2015) 

Inside Job (2010)

Freakonomics (2010)

Inequality For All (2013)

Masters of Money : Keynes

Masters of Money: Hayek

Masters of Money: Marx

Too much maths too little history: LSE Lecture

Bank that almost broke Britain

The Bank that bust the world

The Stock Market explained

Panic: The untold story of The Financial Crisis

1929 Stock Market Crash and The Great Depression

The Corporation

How Africa Could one Day Rival China

Topical Short Videos from the Economist Publication



CoreEcon - helping you bridge the gap between A-Level and undergraduate Economics

Economics is not a dismal science

The Dangerous Economist Blog

The Crunch, A Brummer
Marginal Revolution Blog

The Growth Map, J. O'Neill

Fifty things that made the modern economy T Harford

Tescopoly A Simms

Bankrupt Britian  D Dorling and B Thomas

The Economics of Football S Dobson

The Great Divide J Stiglitz

Economic growth and Inequality J Siglitz 

Keynes Jayek: The clash that defined modern economics N Wapshott

Freakonomics Blog

The Undercover Economist Blog

Think like a freak, S Levvitt and Dubner

Sloman Economics News site



Freakonomics Radio

More or Less T Harford

IMF Podcast

Pitchfork Economics Podcast

Economics Detective Radio Podcasts



Bonds Tutor2U research Task

Opportunity Atlas



Create a macro profile of 2 DCs, 2 MEDCs and 2 LEDCs.

Create a map or infographic using using IMF app showing differing global economic indicators - e.g. inflation, GDP, BofP, Interest rates






Sloman Econmics News

Economics Online

Tutor2U Economics

The Economics Observatory

VoxEU Applied Economics



The Economist

Oxford Economics Dictionary

International Monetary Fund

Yahoo Finance

Bank of England



Bank of England, London

Museum of the Docklands, London

Canary Wharf, London



English Literature



Watch a (Netflix) programme/documentary that explores criminal behaviour and psychology

Watch a range of plats for free from the Digital Theatre

Watch 'The Life and Times of William Shakespeare'

Shakespeare in Love (1998)



Subscribe to The Times Literary supplement
Expand your understanding of Death of a Salesman by reading some critical articles looking more closely at theory along with some reviews.

Research dystopian fiction and read a dystopic novel.



Margaret Atwood Podcast

The Kite Runner (BBC Radio 4) Podcast

Blake podcast




Deliver a talk to your peers on your NEA project

Create a poster on each of your socio-political theory from your critical Anthology to it - Present it to peers

Research a current protest and deliver a speech about it to your peers.



The Best in English Competition



Subscribe to the times of literacy supplement

Explore the Keats=Shelley House online collection for understanding more about the context behind Keats' poetry



Visit the home of Lord Byron at Newstead Abbey

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London

Visit Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford Upon Avon

 Bronte Museum and Parsonage 

George Eliot

Thomas Hardy

Wilfred Owen


sdvsdjh t. Oswald’s. Bailey Street would have been the family’s main shopping route. 1849 saw the opening of both The Cross Market – the ne building next to The Cross monument – and the original indoor Powis Hall Market on the Bailey Head (replaced by the current market hall in 1963) In the far right-hand corner of the church is St. George’s Chapel dedicated to soldiers killed in ...


Max Gate is open Tues - Sun by pre-booked guided tours only. Please book your visit in advance here on our website. Thank you. Step inside the home that Hardy built and wander through the atmospheric Victorian rooms where he entertained world famous guests and sat down to write some of his best ...

Initial reading George Eliot, a Life by Rosemary Ashton (Hamish Hamilton Ltd, 1996) George Eliot, Voice of a Century: a Biography by Frederick Karl (WW Norton, 1995)





Elle s'appelait Sarah


Un long dimanche de fiancailles

Any Marcel Pagnol film

Etre et avoir

Videos relating to current affairs and news

Watch a French TV series or film on Netflix

Watch the daily news online



Over 5000 books available to download for free

articles relating to current affairs and news



A huge variety of podcasts here for you to listen to


A great resource for new daily content from RFI (Radio France International)

Searchable MP3 clips by topic and level

French music with lyrics here and here 



Plan a trip to a new area of France. 

Find out about a Francophone country and make a short presentation to share with others

Research the possibility of working in France.



Watch another film by the film maker or with the same actor as the one you study and write a review.  Watch first with English subtitles and then with French.

Research a historical figure from the French speaking world and create a quiz for other students to complete

Research a traditional French recipe, bake, cook and try the dish and bring in your photos/reviews




Languages Online

Franco Phonie

Institut Francais







Radio garden

Lyrics training








Netflix: Into the inferno (12)

72 Dangerous Place Live (PG)

Crash Course (endorsed by Downing College University of Cambridge)

BBC iplayer Science and Nature

David Attenborough documentaries


Time for Geography

Hans Roslin the facts about population

Chris Packham: 7.7 Billion People and Counting

Seven Worlds one planet

Why climate change is a threat to human rights

Worlds worst place to be a woman

What if a single human right could change the world?



Prisoners of Geography Marshall T

introduction to the water cycle

introduction to the carbon cycle

the geological society : coasts


National Geographic 

Changing Spaces, Making Places

Our Migration Story



Ask the geographer Podcasts

Over-populated or under-developed? The real story of population growth






 Health & Social Care



 The Children Act (2017)


Observe GP 


The Guardian, Social Care Blog

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Jasper M - Beginning Reflective Practice (Nelson Thornes 2003)

McGee P - Principles of Caring (Neslon Thornes 2005)

Miller J - care Practice for S/NVQ 3 (Hodder Arnold 2005)

Spector A - Making a Difference (Hawker 2006)

This is going to hurt; Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor, Adam Kay



 Podcast on thinking differently about social care

In sickness and in social care podcasts from the BBC

Open University Podcasts on social care


Careers in the NHS 

Careers in social care

Observe GP


NHS Website

Age UK

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Mental Health and wellbeing using the Mind Website

Department of Health and Social Care



Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood

Florence Nightingale Museum 

London Medical Museums

Examine Public Health at the Science Museum






Nicholas and Alexandra

Dr. Zhivage

Burnt by the Sun

The Way Back

The Death of Stalin

Bitter Harvest

Britain’s Bloody Crown, The Made King and the War of the Roses

Feature History, The War of the Roses

The Russian revolution – Netflix



The White Queen by Philip Gregory

The Red Queen by Phillip Gregory

Winter Garden Kristin Hannah

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

Revolutionary Russia by Orlando Figes

The Wards of the Roses and the Yorkist Kings John Warren

The History Magazine

Journal of Contemporary History

History Today



Russian History on  Auidible

Lancaster & York on Audible

Derek Birks’ History Podcast

BBC Witness History Podcast

BBC History Podcasts





Trinity College Cambridge Robson History Prize

University of Oxford Julie Wood History Prize

Sheffield of University History Essay Competition


Virtual tour around 9 historical monuments



The History of everything

Historical calendar

History Timeline



Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park

Watch Henry VI or Richard III by the Royal Shakespeare Company

The Tower of London

Ludlow Castle

Russian art and culture gallery






TED :Maths Talks to Blow your mind

Oxford Mathematical Institute

London Mathematics Society

Hannah Fry (Associate Professor in the Mathematics at UCL)

The Mathematics of Love

Modelling the CoronaVirus

How to get lucky

The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry

A Beautiful Mind

Hidden Figures

Good Will Hunting

The Imitation Game

Stand and Deliver

The Man Who Knew Infinity

A Brilliant Young Mind




Oxford Podcast - the secret of Mathematics

NCETM maths podcast

BBC: In Our Time

The Infinite Monkey Cage



Learn how to use Geogebra

Maths Careers





UKMT Challenge



Advanced Maths Support Programme

Nrich Secondary

Nrich STEM

Cambridge Elevate

MEI Intergral




Stand Up Maths

Maths Genie

Maths Solutions





Sumaze 2



Festival of the spoken nerd

Maths Jam Meetings

Bletchley Park Home of the Codebreakers

Mechanical Art and Design Museum




History of MTV

Top of the Pops 1981

It’s a Sin

Ted Talks Media issues and debates



Stuart Hall’s Race, Gender, Class

Paul Gilroys The Black Atlantic

David Gauntlett’s Media Gender and Identity; An Introduction

Why am I no longer talking to white people about race by reni eddo-lodge



The BBC Media Show

Media Literacy

Thinking Outside the Boxset Podcasts Media Studies A Level Podcasts



Use the Media Insider YouTube channel to research key media theories and frameworks

Visit Media MacGuffin’s blog pages for additional notes on all CSP’s



BBc Young Reporter Competition

Create a Short Film

Apply for a place on the BFI Film academy course



Guardians newspaper education resources


BFI London

Broadway cinema

National Science and Media Museum Bradford





Minute Physics


Interstellar Movie

The Martian Movie

The Theory of Everything Movie

TED Talks on Physics and Science

Royal Institution Channel



Surely You’re joking Mr Feynman: Adventures of a Curious Character by Ralph Leighton

The Physics of Super Heroes by James Kakalios

Forces of Nature by Prof Brian Cox and Andrew Cohen

A Brief History of time by Stephen Hawking

The Other of Time by Carlo Rovelli

Why Does E=MC2? By Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw

The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene

Buy a copy of New Scientist and read about current research topics


Infinite Monkey Cage Podcast

Physics Weekly Stories

Physics World Stories

Supermassive Podcast

In Our Time Podcast



Record and explain a demonstration of a key physics principle. 



Complete the British Physics Olympaid

The Oxford Scientist Essay writing competition

Apply to a Physics summer school



Royal astronomical Society

I want to study engineering

Sign up to Isaac Physics problem solving events



Attend a Public Lecture about physics at Nottingham University

Jodrell bank

Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition


  Physical Education



Anatomy of an Olympian


Supersize Me

The Last Dance

The High Performance Podcast

Sonsational Documentary on Prime

The Barcelona Way

Quiet Leadership

All or nothing amazon series Manchester City/ Tottenham Hotspur

Fittest on earth

Sky Sports News

Game changers

Truth of a lie

Drive to survive series

Tom Brown's Schooldays 



 The Latest copy of the PE review (New releases in September, January and April) 

Is money ruining our beautiful game?

The Sports Gene by David Epstein 2013

Bounce by Matthew Syed 2011

The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle 2009

Read the Journal of Applied Physiological Sport and

Sir Clive Woodward

The sports gene


Tom Brown's Schooldays 



The Real Science of sport podcast

Radio 5 Live

Talk Sport

BBC Sport Podcasts

The High Performance Podcast

Nike training podcast



Bandura’s Bobo Doll Experiment



Write an essay to critically review one technological advancement which has influenced sports performance.



My fitness pal

BBC sport

Sky sports

Workout planners 



The National Football Museum, Manchester.

Sheffield institute of sport

Birmingham commonwealth games stadium/campus



The Everlearner

Examine a heath dissection here

TopEnd Sports – Sports Science Resources

Investigate Sports Science Degrees at University of Glasgow, Loughborough University & University





Ted Talks

The Stanford prison experiment

One flew over the Cuckoos next - Jack Nicholson

Good Will Hunting




Bad Science - Ben Goldacre

Affluenza - by Oliver James

Bounce by Matthew Syed. The Myth of Talen and the Power of Practice

Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.  How to achieve happiness.

Mindset by Dr. Carol Dwek. Changing the way you think to fulfil your potential

Thinking Fast and Slow b Daniel Kahneman

Outliners: The Story of Success by Malcolm

 Authentic Happiness by Martin Seligman

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. the power of thinking without thinking.

Phantoms of the brain; probing the mysteries of the human mind by V.S. Ramachandran. Unravelling the weirder cases in neurology can provide insights into how we perceive ourselves.

Steve Pinker: How the mind works.  Why do memories fade? Why do we lose our tempers? Why do fools fall in love?  Why do we pursue higher callings like art, religion and philosophy?

Carol Jung; the Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious. Our minds are connected to a deeper layer of consciousness that speaks n terms of imagery and myth.



All in the mind - BBC Radio 4



National Psychology Competition Royal Holloway University



Psychology Playlist from Oxford University

Simply Psychology

British Psychology Society

Tutor2U Psychology



Illuminate Publishing

Research Digest BPS



The Freud Museum 

The Science museum