Taster Session Resources

Resources

If you’ve enjoyed our taster videos, check out the resource links below. We’ve provided a list of books, websites and other media, including film, TV, radio and podcasts. There are also some suggested research terms. We’ll keep adding to these resources, so make sure you check back regularly.

Biology

https://www.khanacademy.org/science/biology

Beauty Therapy
Beauty Therapy: The Foundations, Level 2 by Lorraine Nordmann
Business
BTEC First Business Student Book by Carol Carysforth, Mike Neild, et al
BTEC Level 3 National Business Student Book 2 by Catherine Richards, Rob Dransfield, et al
BTEC Nationals Business Student Book 2 by Catherine Richards, Jenny Phillips, Julie Smith
Other reading material – including accounting, marketing, international business, principles of management, human resources.
Chemistry
Civil Engineering
Structure or Why Things Don’t Fall Down by J E Gordon
ComputerScience
A/AS Level Computer Science for WJEC by Mark Thomas, Alistair Surrall, Adam Hamflett
Computing Projects in Visual Basic.NET by D. Christopher
Criminology

Watch the Amanda Knox Netflix documentary, then the BBC documentary on YouTube
*Record your views on the case following each documentary. Did you notice any changes?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erla7Ley4Tw

Also check out:
The Mind Explained – Netflix
Killer: In the Mind of Aaron Hernandez – Netflix
Ted Bundy – Netflix
Mindhunter – Netflix
True Detective
Dance
Essential Guide to Dance (Third Edition) Hodder Education by Linda Ashley
Dancing Times Magazine
Swan Lake and Nutcracker by Matthew Bourne
Sutra by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Rooster by Christopher Bruce
Soda Lake by Richard Alston
Zero Degrees by Akram Khan
Design 3D
Object of Desire by Adrian Forty
Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard
Drama and Theatre Studies
Antigone by Sophocles
A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
Two by Jim Cartwright
The Red Shoes by Emma Rice
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Simon Stephens
Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel
English Language
Mastering Advanced English Language by Sara Thorne
Revision Express AS English Language
Why I Write by George Orwell
BBC News Review
English Literature
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Top Girls by Carol Churchill
The British Library’s Discovering Literature website:
The Victorian Web
English Language and Literature
Once in a House on Fire by Andrea Ashworth
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
The Norton Anthology of English Literature Volume D: The Romantic Period
French
www.duolingo.com – French
The film La Rafle by Rose Bosh
Schaum’s Outlines French Grammar by Mary e Coffman Cocker
French newspaper Vingt Minutes
Film Studies
Film Studies: An Introduction (Film and Culture Series) by Ed Sikov
YouTube channels:
CookeopticsTV
Film Riot
Blogs / websites:
Cinema Blend
Screen Rant
Den of Geek
TV Tropes
Fine Art
The Story of Art by Ernst Gombrich
500 Self Portraits by Phaidon
Art Crazy Nation by Matthew Collings
Graphic Communication
How to Use Graphic Design to Sell Things, Explain Things, Make Things Look Better, Make People Laugh, Make People Cry, and (Every Once in a While) Change the World by Michael Bierut
How to Have Great Ideas: A Guide to Creative Thinking by John Ingledew
Know Your Onions: Graphic Design by Drew de Soto
Designers to research: Chip Kidd, Rob Janoff, Michael Beirut, Carolyn Davidson, David Carson, Neville Brody, Paul Rand, Harry Beck
Hairdressing
Lee Stafford Education on YouTube and Facebook
Health, Social and Childcare
Knowledge Set for Infection Prevention and Control by P Ayling
BTEC National HSC Book 1 by D Boys and E Langridge
Care Quality Commission – Safeguarding Children: A Review of Arrangements in the NHS for Safeguarding
History
British Politics in an Age of Reform by Michael Turner
A History of Wales by John Davies
Mastering Modern British History by Norman Lowe
Weimar and Nazi Germany by Chris Hinton and John Hite
Democracy and Nazism: Germany 1918-1945 by Robert Whitfield and Sally Waller
Germans into Nazis by Peter Fritzsche
ICT
Essential ICT A Level: AS Student Book for WJEC by Stephen Doyle
WJEC ICT for AS by Julian Mott
L1 Diploma in IT
L2 Extended Certificate in ICT
L2 Technical Diploma in Networking & Cyber Security
L3 Extended Diploma IT
Recommended Reading and Research Material
Law
The English Legal System by Jacqueline Martin
A Really Basic Introduction to English Law and The English Legal System by Michael A Lambarth
The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It’s Broken
Jeremy Hutchinson’s Case Histories by Thomas Grant
The Trial: A Murder in The Family – Channel 4 Catch Up
24 Hours in Police Custody – Channel 4
Secrets of Scotland Yard – Netflix
The People vs OJ Simpson – Netflix
On the Basis of Sex – Netflix
Law in Action – Radio 4 archive available on Player
Mathematics
Intermediate Tier
Study higher tier material that doesn’t overlap: topics like coordinate geometry, surds, quadratic equations are some of the first topics in A Level.
New WJEC GCSE Maths Revision Guide (with Online Edition) (CGP GCSE Revision for Wales) by Richard Parsons
Higher Tier
Study additional maths material
Khan Academy
Maths and Physics Tutor
Jack Tilson
Maths and Physics Tutor: STEP papers for top university applications
UKMT Maths Challenge Papers
NRICH
Media Studies
Familiarity with the Adobe Creative Suite advantageous: Photoshop, Premier Pro, After Effects, Illustrator, InDesign
Knowledge of genre theory – especially teen horror and rom-com
Media Studies for A Level Year 2 & A2 by Lucas Johnson & Christine Bell
Music
For AS Level music, the most essential task for all students is to improve their reading of music notation and improve their theory.
Recommended online theory course
ABRSM website
ABRSM Guide to Theory books 1 & 2
Personal practice on instrument or voice – daily routine to improve technique and stamina – aim to be able to perform to a MINIMUM of Grade 5 standard by September if possible.
Physical Education

http://resource.download.wjec.co.uk.s3.amazonaws.com/vtc/2015-16/15-16_30/eng/index.html

Photography
Tate: The Photography Ideas book
Photography: History. Art. Technique
www.thisiscolossal.com
www.magnumphoto.com
Physics
WJEC Physics for AS Level: Student Book by Gareth Kelly, Nigel Wood
Psychology
Sociology
Policing the Crisis by Stuart Hall
Chavs by Owen Jones
Mind the Gap by Ferdinand Mount
Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Vankatesh
Ain’t no Black in the Union Jack by Paul Gilroy
Spanish
Spanish at www.duolingo.com and www.babbel.com
Film: Maria Llena Eres de Gracia by Joshua Marston
Recommended Reading and Research Material
Textiles
The Golden Thread by Kassia St Clair
Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle
by Claire Hunter
Embroidery: A Step-by-Step Guide to More Than 200 Stitches by Lucinda Ganderton
The Art of Manipulation Fabric by Colette Wolff
How to Make an American Quilt by Whitney Otto
Travel & Tourism
Introducing Travel &Tourism by Ray Youell, Bob Holland
Travel & Tourism Case Studies by Stephen Rickerby
Support Exercises Unit 1 The UK Tourism Product by Bob Holland
Support Exercises Unit 3 The Dynamic Tourism Industry by Bob Holland
Investigating Tourism Destinations by Bob Holland
Tourism Development by Bob Holland
BTEC Level 2 First Travel and Tourism Student Book (BTEC First Travel
& Tourism) by Carol Spencer, Christine King
The Road Less Travelled (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide)
Mad Dogs and Englishmen: A Year of Things to See and Do in England
by Tom Jones
Any other material on travel – including a familiarity with the UK Map and
key countries for British individuals to visit.
Welsh
Welsh at duolingo.com
Matiau Gramadeg – online bilingual resource/exercises
S4C Welsh language programming
We have also put together a Reading List for anyone interested in studying with us. There is something on every subject to keep you busy!

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