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Sixth Form Induction

Sixth Form Option Blocks 2022-2023 (PDF)

Core Maths

There are 6 tasks for you to work through over the next 2 weeks. Each task is designed to introduce you to an aspect of the work that will be covered in the Core Maths course and should take 1 to 2 hours to complete.

All tasks are completed using Desmos. Use the links provided to access the activities and make sure you enter your full name when prompted so I know who you are!

Once in the activity, you can move to the next slide by clicking the ‘Next’ button in the top right or back to a previous slide by using the back button. There is a calculator at the top of the slide if you need one.

I will be able to see how much of the activity you have completed and your answers and can make a comment on your work to help you. You can exit out of the activity and, if you have signed in, your work will be saved.

I have anonymised the responses so even though you will be able to see other peoples answers they will have been given the name of a famous Mathematician!

You can create a Desmos account before you start so that you can save your work and come back to the activity to complete it.

  • To do this you should go to and click on ‘Start Graphing’
  • A screen will come up which gives you the option of creating an account at the top.
  • Enter the details required and ‘Create Account’

If you have any problems with Desmos or any other questions please let me know!

Task 1 - Plan a festival

In this session, you will be using Desmos to complete a series of activities around organising a music festival.

Click on this link and it will take you to the activity

Task 2 - Your food’s carbon footprint

In this session, you will be using Desmos to complete a series of activities to consider climate change and how your maths skills can be used to communicate global issues.

Click on this link and it will take you to the activity

Task 3 - Try being a data detective

Have a go at being a data analyst! You will work with a data set and then advise the marketing team on the strategy they should take for their next advert.

Click on this link and it will take you to the activity

Task 4 - Financial skills

This lesson provides an introduction to the Core Maths topic of finance. In this task you will be using Desmos to complete a series of activities around working out how much you will get paid.

Click on this link and it will take you to the activity

Task 5 - Income inequality and happiness

This activity explores world income inequality, UK income inequality, the Gini coefficient and the possible links with happiness. 

Click on this link and it will take you to the activity

Task 6 - Cybercrime and security

This activity is about interpreting, analysing and comparing data sets and calculating percentages.

Click on this link and it will take you to the activity


Summary of Psychology transition tasks which are all on the Google Classroom.  Please upload completed tasks to the classroom.   I hope you enjoy working your way through these:

  1. Link to digital textbook
  2. Memory research activity (there are additional links to TED talks on the Google Classroom) (1 hour)
  3. Activity-based on issues and debates in Psychology. (2 hours)
  4. Maths questions (1 hour)
  5. Online introduction to the AQA Psychology course by Tutor2u (1 hour)
  6. MOOC with Open Learn, once completed you will receive a certificate from the Open University.  There is a booklet for you to complete during the course. (5 hours)


Username: SCOTTSCHOOL7 and Password: GREEN7


Research Activity:

The Multi-Store Model of Memory

Using the diagram above and the digital textbook page 48, write a paragraph describing the Multi-Store model of memory.

Information on Issues and Debates in Psychology (PDF)

Booklet to complete on Issues and Debates (DOCx)

Maths in Psychology questions to answer (PDF)

Link to Tutor2u Introduction to Psychology course (1 to 2 hours approximately)

MOOC booklet to complete during the course (DOCX)

Link to Open Learn MOOC

Follow the link to the Open University where you can enrol for this free online course called ‘Starting with Psychology’. It is recommended to take 5 hours. Complete the booklet as you go through the course, at the end you will get a certificate from the OU.

Many of the topics are closely related to topics we will be covering as part of our syllabus. Some of the topics like split-brain research and relationships we will not cover until year 13. Whereas others such as memory and groups and conformity are part of Paper 1 studied in year 12. You can have a much closer look at the content of the course on the spreadsheet of the syllabus. When we start the course you can use this spreadsheet to help you track your own learning and progress throughout.

I look forward to seeing your completed booklets and copies of the certificate uploaded to the classroom. I hope you enjoy this course, if you do there are many other free courses that you can access. This will be very useful for your UCAS applications too as it shows your motivation and engagement with stretch and challenge activities.

Design and Technology

Task 1

Knowledge - Product Analysis:

Identify a product from home that is made from plastic and carry out a detailed product analysis of this product.  You must include a picture of your product (either a photo or an image from the internet.). You need to find out and write about the following:

  • Specific materials (not generic e.g Wood, Metal or Plastic)
  • Method of manufacture
  • Function
  • Aesthetics
  • Safety
  • Ergonomics
  • Cost
  • Environmental issues
  • Customer/user
  • Suggested improvements – Sketch these!
  • Key concepts of inspiration (is it linked to any particular design movement)
  • Product designer

Task 2

Knowledge - Research and Review:

Research and listen to a design-related podcast of your choice. Here are a few to get you started:

  • Design Cast
  • Design Review
  • The way of product design
  • The product design podcast
  • The product design show

Other shows are available. 

You will need to find an episode that interests you and then write a review of approximately 200 words for us to discuss in lesson time.

Task 3 

Knowledge - Theory/Revision:

Research the terms:

  • Quality Control (QC)
  • Quality Assurance (QA)
  • Total Quality Management (TQM) 
  • Total Quality Control (TQC)
  • Scales of production (One Off, Batch, Mass and Continuous)
  • Quality Standards and how companies show quality to consumers

What is the ISO 9000 series?

Use and as a starting point.

Then answer the exam questions.

5 (09) Quality control systems are used in manufacturing processes. 

a) Explain what is meant by the term ‘quality control’. (4)

b) The kitemark is displayed on some products.

Outline what the Kitemark signifies to consumers. (2)

c) Quality control is a feature of total quality management (TQM). Explain two further features of TQM. (4)

 (Total for Question 5 = 10 marks)

7 (10) It is essential for businesses to have Quality Assurance (QA) systems in place.

a) Explain what is meant by the term ‘Quality Assurance’.

Describe how Total Quality Management (TQM) systems can be used to enhance company performance.

(Total for Question 7 = 10 marks)

3 (11) Figure 4 shows a plastic clothes peg.

Figure 4

a) Justify three reasons why mass production methods would be used to produce plastic clothes pegs. (6)

b) Outline what is meant by total quality management (TQM). (4)

 (Total for Question 3 = 10 marks)


a) There is a range of organisations that deal with safety and quality standards.

Describe the role of the International Standards Organisation (ISO).(2)

b) Manufacturers must have quality assurance (QA) systems in place in order to ensure that customers receive quality products.

Explain the different aspects of a quality assurance system. (6)

(Total for Question 7 = 8 marks)

Task 4

Design Movements Research:

Depending on your preferred method of revision, produce a flash card, concept page or poster on the following Design Movements:

  • Arts and Crafts (Key Designer: William Morris)
  • Art Nouveau (Key Designer: Charles Rennie Mackintosh)
  • Bauhaus Modernist (Key Designer: Marianne Brandt)
  • Art Deco (Key Designer: Eileen Gray)
  • Post Modernism (Key Designer: Philippe Starck)
  • Stream Lining (Key Designer: Raymond Lowey)
  • Memphis (Key Designer: Ettore Sottsass)

Task 5

Product Analysis: Looking at the following image of this Chair (which is linked to one of the Design Movements above), write a detailed product analysis using the points in task 1.

Task 6

Skills - Isometric Drawing:

Communicating through drawing is a lifelong skill, but also one you will need to work on especially for A-Level. In the past, we have done some Isometric, but you will need to develop it so that all drawing is done in this way. We will also be looking at other forms of presenting and communicating ideas, but watch these videos and do the exercises on A4 Paper (or a sketchbook if you have one) to show us.

Video 1

Video 2

Video 3



Here are some French-related MOOCs that will benefit you as they cover a lot of content.  Please pick at least one and complete it. Each MOOC will take you about 6 hours.


2. Getting ready for Year 12 video lesson

Please follow this link, sign in with your Google account and complete this video lesson on getting ready for Year 12.

3. Study skills

Please follow this link, sign in with your Google account and complete this video lesson on study skills.


Introduction to Criminology 

The course is a level 3 applied diploma and the exam board is WJEC. 

There are four units taught over the two-year course 

Year 12 

  • Unit 1 Changing Awareness of crime
  • Unit 2 Criminological theories

Year 13

  • Unit 3 Crime scene to court
  • Unit 4 Crime and punishment

Transition tasks

The work is set out below and there is an answer booklet to complete the work for tasks 1 to 6. For each task, there are some useful links to help you to complete the tasks.

Tasks 1 

  • Defining deviance and criminal behaviour
  • Deviance is defined as behaviour that violates social or cultural norms or accepted standards. Most of society will disapprove of the deviant behaviour.
  • Criminal behaviour is defined as actions that will constitute an offence under English and Welsh law and are punishable by the state. 
  • Some acts can be deviant but not criminal, some acts are classed as criminal but may not be deviant and some acts are both criminal and deviant.

Using the Venn diagram in the answer booklet place each of the actions below into the correct section of the Venn diagram. In the overlap, place the actions which are both criminal and deviant. 

  • Speeding
  • Theft
  • Stealing from a friend
  • Shouting in the library
  • Hoarding newspapers
  • Smoking
  • Cheating on a partner
  • Graffiti
  • Assault
  • Spitting in the street
  • Identity fraud
  • Vagrancy
  • Driving without a licence
  • Pushing in line

There are a range of formal sanctions given for criminal behaviour. Research and define the following sanctions:

  • Cautions
  • Penalty notices
  • Custodial sentences
  • Community sentences
  • Fines
  • Discharges

Useful links

Task 2 

Research the following types of crime and answer the questions. Ensure your answers are detailed and in your own words. 

Hate crime

  1. What is the legal definition of a hate crime?
  2. Who are the potential victims?
  3. Find 2 examples of organisations that help victims of hate crime and outline the work of the organisations. 
  4. Discuss if hate crimes are criminal/deviant or both? Explain your answer using the work from task one to help. 
  5. Find a current statistic for hate crime in England and Wales, ensuring to include the source of the statistic. 

White-collar crime

  1. What is white-collar crime?
  2. Who are the typical victims?
  3. Describe a typical offender of white-collar crime.
  4. Research the case of Bernie Madoff and write a summary of the case.
  5. Discuss if white-collar crimes are criminal/deviant or both? Explain your answer using the work from task one to help. 

Useful links

Task 3

As part of the course you will be examining examples of campaigns for change as well as creating a campaign for change.  One example of a campaign for change is double jeopardy (abolishing the rule for murder). Research the campaign and make detailed notes on the following:

  • What is double jeopardy and why does it exist in law? 
  • The aim/purpose of the campaign - what outcome was wanted if the campaign was successful?
  • Why was the campaign created? What events led to the need for the campaign?
  • Who was the driving force behind the campaign?
  • What methods were used in the campaign?
  • Was the campaign successful? If so, how? Give examples. 

Useful links

Task 4

As part of the course you will be studying a range of theories of criminality. Research Lombroso’s theory of ‘born criminals' and write a detailed explanation of the theory and how it applies to criminality. 

Useful links 

Task 5 

Research and explain the role of the Crown Prosecution Service in criminal investigations. Include the following in your write-up of the role:

  • The year the CPS was established. 
  • The role of the CPS. 
  • A number of regional teams are there in England and Wales.
  • What is the full code test? Discuss both stages of the full code test - The evidential stage and the public interest stage. 
  • Who is the current Director of Public Prosecutions?
  • Who do the CPS work in partnership with?

Useful link - This includes a short video clip on the role of the CPS. 

Task 6

When a criminal case is heard in court, it will take place in either the Magistrates or Crown court depending on the offence. There are three types of offences - 

  • Summary offences - Least serious offences for example motoring offences. Tried at magistrates. 
  • Triable either- way offences - can be tried at either magistrates or Crown court. Examples - theft, ABH, and burglary.  
  • Indictable offences - most serious offences. Will start in magistrates court for pre-trial and will then be tried at Crown court. 
  1. Describe the roles in the magistrate court for the following personnel - 

  • Defence lawyer/solicitor
  • Prosecutor
  • Usher
  • Legal advisor
  • The magistrates


  1. Describe the roles in Crown court for the following personnel - 

  • Usher 
  • Defence lawyer/solicitor
  • Prosecutor
  • Judge
  • Clerk
  • The jury

Useful resource - includes short video clips. 

Task 7

a) Create an A4 job profile document for the role of police and detectives. The following information will need to be included:

  • Qualifications needed
  • The starting salary
  • The training involved
  • Role in a criminal investigation
  • Specialist roles within the police and career progression
  • Skills needed for the role

b) Create another A4 job profile document for one of the roles below - 

  • Pathologist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Crime scene investigator
  • Forensic specialist/expert
  • Crown court judge
  • Barrister

Useful links

Task 8

Complete one of the following MOOC’s and upload the certificate at the end to Google classroom.

An introduction to crime and criminology - 6 hours of study.


Starting with law: An overview of the law - 5 hours


Criminology transition answer booklet (WORD DOCx)

BTEC Sport

Please go to your Google Classroom

If you do not have access please contact

Ethics and Philosophy

Useful Links