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Start your studies early with course materials, learning resources and more.

Whether you want a taste of what your course has to offer, or you’re keen to start studying early, our Study Hub is a space for future students to download course materials and learning resources uploaded by your course tutors.

With the summer holidays fast approaching, now is the perfect time to start preparing for your new journey at South & City College Birmingham - and the Study Hub is designed to help you do just that!

Due to the coronavirus situation, new applicants and existing South & City College students may already be studying from home and finding new, unfamiliar ways of working. We hope the materials below help you continue your learning during this challenging time.

English Language & Literature
The Great Gatsby
Voices in Speech and Writing Anthology

Literary & Linguistic Terminology Glossary

Religious Studies
Religious Studies

Film Studies - Awesome Shorts
As part of your Film Studies A Level at South & City College Birmingham, you will get the chance to make your very own short (or a screenplay, if you prefer). In the booklet below you’ll find summaries of the “awesome shorts” recommended by the exam board. There are loads on there to whet your appetite!
Awesome Shorts: Short Film Viewing Booklet

AS Sociology
Get a taste for our AS Sociology course from the Study Guide below, which includes a recommended reading list, resources and study skills.
Study Guide for AS Sociology [PDF]

AS Maths
Starting with Confidence Booklet

Biology (A Level)

A Level Biology Tasks and Reading [PDF]

Resources
OCR A Level Biology Specification
A Level Science Resources for Practical Assessments [birmingham.ac.uk] 
Memory Techniques - The Learning Scientist

Useful websites
Into Biology - the Into Biology website offers a wealth of resources on keeping up to date with current biological research, with advice on how to ‘read around the subject’. 

Medical Mavericks - the Medical Mavericks offers great career advice and have even brought their medical equipment to South & City College for workshops. 

Talks, podcasts, films and publications
BBC Science Hour Podcasts
TED Talks - check out the talks on immunity, biodiversity and stem cell technology
Catalyst Magazine: STEM Learning for Students 14-19
Films to watch: Lorenzo’s Oil, Hidden Figures, GATTACA

From the Royal Institute - Christmas Lectures (approx. 1 hour each)

Plant Wars - The 300 million year war. A series of lectures on how plants have evolved. Lectures 1-3 are relevant to A level Biology.

Does size matter? - Lecture 1, Elephants can’t dance but hamsters can skydive.

AAT Skillcheck Test
Planning to study Accounting with us but unsure of which AAT Accounting Qualification to start with? Well, luckily there’s a handy skillcheck test to help you decide on the most suitable starting qualification. Take the AAT Skillcheck Test (AAT.org.uk)
Plastering
Toolkit research activity
This exercise introduces you to the kit that plasterers use. Work through the list of tools, research their qualities and find out how much they cost.
Types of plaster research activity
This exercise introduces you to the different types of plaster and theircompatible backgrounds.
Project Quantum

Why not test your computing knowledge with the Project Quantum series of computing quizzes? These multiple choice questions are used to assess computing ability and are a great way to test your skills over the summer holidays!

Project Quantum Computing Quizzes

Task: Storyboarding

Creating storyboards is an essential part of our Media courses. Get a taste for what you’ll be doing on the course by completing the Storyboarding tasks below. You can also have a go at matching up the different camera shots and definitions.

Storyboarding Instructions [PDF]
Storyboard Task 1 [Word]
Storyboard Task 2 [Word]
Camera Shots and Definitions Task [Word]

Task: Expressing Identity

Learn all about iconic photographer Cindy Sherman and her photography, which focuses on identity. Have a go at producing a photo that expresses yourself and your identity.

Expressing Identity Task Instructions [PDF]

If you’re interested in becoming a Community Interpreter, our tutors have put together a presentation covering our Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 courses. Click the link below to find out more about the courses, their entry requirements, and try out some learning activities too.
Presentation for our L1,L2 and L3 Community interpreting courses [PDF | 1MB]