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COVID-19 outbreak School Support

Our thoughts are with all students and teachers during this extremely challenging time. We sincerely hope that everyone is staying well, while finding ways of adjusting and responding to the changed situation.

To support teachers and students over the coming months, we’ll be collating and sharing information, resources and links that could be used to supplement teaching and learning. 

More will be added here in the days and weeks to come, and please follow us on Twitter @SPCOutreach and Instagram @spcoutreach and @spc_oxford for new developments.

For any questions at all, please contact us on schools@spc.ox.ac.uk.

Students Commencing Year 13

Using Your Time at Home

For those of you considering applying to competitive universities like Oxford, this video suggests some ways to use your time now to help you put together a strong application:

    Admissions advice

    As we won’t be able to visit our contact schools during the closure period, we want to ensure that any students considering applying to Oxford can access the information, advice and guidance that they need. Keep an eye out here for things as they get added.

    • Considering applying to Oxford? Check out these new videos produced by the university to give you all the key information.
    • If you want to know more about the application process, choosing your subject, finances, and student life, this Oxford Explained video makes key points that would be covered in a Year 12 school talk. If you want to go straight to Admissions Advice, see this Applying to Oxford video. These recordings were made by our colleagues at Worcester College.
    • Access Fellow at Jesus College Dr. Matt Williams offers his tips on the Admissions Tests in general and some specific thoughts on the Thinking Skills Assessment.
    • Preparing for the PAT 2020 – St Peter’s College is delighted to be funding places on this course for 13 students from the North West of England, thanks to the generosity of one of our MPLS (Maths, Physics and Life Sciences) alumni. These places have now been allocated, and we look forward to supporting these students with an Admissions workshop and a chance for Q&A with current Physics undergraduates. 
    • Because the 2020 St Peter’s College English Residential wasn’t able to take place, we’ve put together a short video presentation below about studying at the College, and an overview of the process for applying for English at Oxford:

    Here, Professor Marina Mackay discusses the short piece by Virginia Woolf that would have been explored in her taster seminar:  

    The University of Oxford’s Digital Resource Hub collates the very best resources to help you take exploration of your favourite subjects to the next level.

    Science: General

    • The Naked Scientists – Podcasts and science radio shows.
    • NASA – STEM activities, news, articles and the latest research.
    • Nature – World’s leading multidisciplinary science journal.
    • The New Scientist – News, podcast, videos for Science.
    • The Oxford Science blog – Gives you the inside track on science at Oxford University: the projects, the people, and what's happening behind the scenes.
    • The Royal Society – A Fellowship of the world's most eminent scientists and the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. On their You Tube channel you'll find a curated by playlist - a whole set of engaging videos and clips.
    • TWDK (Things We Don't Know) – UK-based science education company, which seeks to help improve the public understanding of science. Includes articles and blogs covering various subjects.

    Biology

    Chemistry

    • ACD Labs Chem Sketch – Free resource for drawing molecules. 
    • Cambridge Chemistry Challenge – An excellent annual competition for students in Year 12. Past papers, mark schemes and commentaries available.
    • Chemguide – A useful website for A level Chemistry. Provides an alternative ‘teacher voice’.
    • Chemistry World podcasts – Chemical stories, interviews, news and opinions.
    • Podbean – A Level Chemistry Revision podcasts.
    • Wothers.com – Engaging series of online videos of lecture-demonstrations from Cambridge

    Physics

    • Ask a Physicist – Look at questions that have been asked before and the answers they have received. Also submit your own.
    • Brilliant – Develop quantitative skills in Maths, Physics and computer science thorough questions and challenges - free trial, then charges may apply.
    • British Physics Olympiad – Past papers and solutions to physics problem solving questions.
    • CERN – Resources to support Physics/engineering and computing.
    • Physics.org – ALL News/activities, puzzles, experiments and database of 4000 physics websites.
    • Interesting Physics Podcasts
    • University of Oxford – Engineering useful resources to support learning.

    Mathematics

    English

    Modern Languages

    Our Tutor for Portugese, Dr Claire Williams, has shared these recommendations:

    Our Tutor for German, Dr Joanna Neilly, has shared these recommendations:

    • Sub-Faculty of German, University of Oxford – showcase of research by undergraduates and tutors - videos, blog posts, etc.
    • Neil MacGregor, ‘Germany: Memories of a Nation’ – podcasts that give an excellent introduction to the cultural history of Germany
    • Oxford German Classic Prize – an introduction to, and resources about, canonical German literary texts (Goethe’s Faust, Schiller’s Maria Stuart, E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Der Sandmann, Thomas Mann’s Der Tod in Venedig)
    • Google German Literature – introduction to a range of German authors from the medieval period to the present day; accessible and all written by academics who are experts on those authors. Includes follow up reading lists for each author, in English and in German

    For all things Francophone, our Tutor in French, Prof Daron Burrows, recommends:

    Years 10-11
    • The University of Oxford’s new Digital Resource Hub brings together a huge range of resources to help stimulate thinking and enquiry for students under 16.
    • Inspire Digital is an online resource platform for secondary school pupils, with new material, hints and solutions to the questions posted on a regular basis
    • Oxplore is a digital outreach portal from the University of Oxford, with debates and ideas that go beyond what is covered in the school classroom. ‘Big questions’ tackle complex ideas across a range of subjects and draw on the latest research at Oxford.
    • Adventures on the Bookshelf explores topics related to studying foreign languages, having a year abroad, and studying at Oxford. It's written by staff and students for students at GCSE level, and is updated weekly!
    Years 7-9
    • If you want to stretch yourself while having some fun, check out the quizzes, videos and activities on Oxplore.
    • You’ll find lots of fascinating science and maths-based activities on Oxford Sparks. From designing the ultimate paper aeroplane to teaching a computer to doodle, each activity comes with a list of items needed, talking points, and further resources.