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Highdown School
and Sixth Form Centre

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One of the best ways you stand out during your Sixth form studies is through the amount of independent study you undertake outside of the classroom. Regardless of your future plans, the ability to extend yourself and research independently into your interests is an invaluable skill – this will support your university applications and/or future job applications and interviews. All universities expect more than just classroom knowledge, which is where super-curricular activities come in; these are academic enrichment tasks that show you are interested in your studies beyond what is on the school syllabus.

 

 moocs (MASSIVE OPEN ONLINE COURSES)

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Future Learn

 

A free online courses from top universities and specialist organisations.

edX An online learning destination offering high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere. Founded by Harvard University and MIT. 
Coursera Provides universal access to the world’s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses online.

 

 

 GENERAL RESOURCES

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TEDTalks

 

The best ideas from the TED Conference in form of videos: trusted voices and convention-breaking mavericks, icons and geniuses, all giving the talk of their lives in 18 minutes.

Staircase 12 The University College Oxford's online hub of resources for students aiming high at school and thinking about applying to top universities.
Aeon A website publishing some of the most profound and provocative thinking on the web. It asks the biggest questions and finds the freshest, most original answers, provided by world-leading authorities on science, philosophy and society.
iDebate Controversial topics with pros and cons listed.
BBC World Service – Discovery Explorations in the world of science. Radio podcasts on various topics .
BBC News News from different fields, incl. Science, Business, Politics, Health and Arts.
BBC iWonder Student-aimed articles, videos and podcast on subjects such as Arts, Food, Science, Consumer, Earth, History, Religion & Ethics and Digital issues.
Internet Archive  A non-profit American library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.