Transition Work

External Students - Please note: some links will not be accessible.  

Please contact the subject leader directly.

French John Gaffin

A minimum of 5 of the tasks from the transition booklet French Y11 to 12 Transition work.pdf

Individual responses have been sent.

 History Robert Mcnally

 Complete the following 3 tasks  Each activity  is based around one of the 2 topics we will be studying at A level - Tudor England and Russia 1917-53.

The tasks will also allow you to experience and practice the skills required for A level study.

Task 1: Note taking Skills - make a mindmap of Russia in 1905 - using the PPT. 

Task 2: Extended writing skills - write a short essay on the causes of the 1905 Revolution - the guidelines and mark scheme are in the PPT.

Task 3:  Reading Skills - complete some exemplar ‘Guided Reading’ - read the chapter on War of the Roses by A.J Pollard and complete the  comprehension questions. Highlight and read in conjunction with the questions to help you start this task.

All resources are shared via Google Drive:: Task 1 and 2 - Russia and Task 3 Guided Reading and Questions to complete on the Tudors.

Detailed instructions and guidance is embedded in the task sheets and PPTs.

History Mark Scheme


Mike Hickling

Research into engineering processes and risk assessments:

Die Forging, Mig Welding, Spot Welding, Arc Welding, Sand Casting, Drilling, Reaming, Plasma Cutting.  Shared in Drive

Individual responses have been sent.

 Psychology Katrina Parkin

 Please complete the following three tasks:

 1.   Read the following article:

Now answer the following question: To what extent do you think Milgram was justified in harming his participants in his ‘electric shock’ study?

2.   Complete the following practical experiment:

-          Write a list of 16 words (try to make these all easily recognisable one or two syllable words).

Read them out to a participants and then ask them to write down the words they recall. You can repeat this on a few participants if you have them available!

-          Once you have done this, see what you notice about the words they recall. Do they tend to recall the words at the beginning, middle or end best?

If you want to extend this, try doing this with a 30 second delay at the end before recalling.

How does this change the pattern?

-     Compare your observations to Murdoch’s study (

-      Finally, write a summary of what you did, what you found, and how this compared to Murdoch’s findings.

3.   Research one of the following classic studies (you only need to pick one!), and write a response to the following question:

To what extent do you think the findings of this classic study can have an impact in the real world?

If you have done GCSE Psychology, please pick a study you haven’t covered before.

a. Asch’s conformity study (1951)

b. Bandura’s bobo doll study (1961)

c.  Festinger’s cognitive dissonance study (1956)

d. Zimbardo’s prison experiment (1973)

e.  Harlow’s monkeys study (1958)

f.  Loftus and Palmer’s car crash study (1973)

g. Tajfel’s Kandinsky and Klee experiment (1971)

h. Nisbett and Wilson’s halo effect experiment (1977)

i.  Watson and Rayner’s Little Albert experiment (1920)

Individual responses have been sent.

 Business Lyndsey Frater

 Please complete three of the following tasks

Task 1: Research one on the below theories of motivation.

If you have studied Business before, please choose one you have not been taught. Using your research, complete this question: 

Are people only motivated by financial rewards? Discuss.

You should have a paragraph for, one against and a conclusion. Use your research as part of your argument.

  • Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

  • Herzberg’s 2 factor theory

  • Vroom’s theory of expectancy

  • McGregor’s theory X an Y.

  • McClelland’s theory of needs.

Task 2: Create a fact sheet on three businesses who are thriving despite the Covid-19 outbreak.

Identify the reasons why you think this is and explain whether you think they will continue to see this growth after things return to normal. Potential businesses include Amazon, Netflix or Zoom.

Task 3: Using the following link look at the 2018 young entrepreneurs. 

Select one whose business interests you and produce a promotional advert for their product. You could produce a TV advert, create a poster/ billboard, Facebook/Snapchat or Instagram style advert, magazine advert or radio advert. Be creative!

Task 4: Watch an episode of Dragon’s Den and critically evaluate one pitch.

Answer the following questions. What went well with the pitch? What could have gone better? Would you invest? If so, how much? If not, why not?

Task 5: Create an Open Learn account ( complete one of the free business courses. Print off your statement of participation certificate.

Business Transition work

Model answer Transition task




Please send in the written solutions to the hardest 3 questions you can do in each exercise from the pdf link below.

Maths transtion exercises

Extension task - for those who studied the level 2 Further Mathematics qualification.

Investigate and write a detailed explanation of how to find the inverse of a non-singular 2x2 matrix.

Maths have included the answers in the work already set.

Music  Jon Watson

1] Comparison of the compositional techniques used by film composers.

Compare the GCSE set work ‘Star Wars’ by John Williams The score can be found here

With A Level set work ‘Batman Returns’ by Danny Elfman The score can be found here 

Either using continuous prose or bullet points compare how the two composers use the musical elements [melody, rhythm, harmony, tonality, timbre, texture and structure] to create appropriate moods in the extracts. You should be able to find the audio on youtube.

There is a very informative documentary about film composers that is currently on BBC Iplayer- it’s called ‘Score Cinema’s Greatest Soundtracks.

It’s definitely worth watching.

2] Compose a piece of music from one of the set briefs on the pdf here

Don’t worry about following all the instructions in the first few pages- just have a go at writing something.

3] Prepare a 6 minute mini recital on your instrument.

Imagine that you were preparing for a public performance so you will need to think about presenting an interesting and varied programme.

You could video yourself performing.

4] Learn and practice some more advanced harmony.  Use this website: and look at the triads and chords, inversions, chord progressions, melodic development and harmonising a melody.   Read through the information and complete the exercises. 

Individual responses have been sent.

Please email all completed tasks to

English Literature   Alison Lynch 

Students choose one option per week  from a takeaway menu of tasks in the 11 into 12 A Taste of English A Level 

Google Classroom site.   All the texts referred to in the tasks can be found online.  

You will submit weekly tasks to Google Classroom in usual way.  Bon Appetit!

Why is it important to study English Literature of the past in modern times exemplar

Poetry Exemplar - 3 tasks

Lago Exemplar

Physics  Stephen Johnson

Access the following document:

This document contains a number of tasks, most of which you will not be able to complete in the time allocated, so I just want to see evidence (in the form of a Word file) of what you have discovered when following the links from this website.

Read the document, then choose something to report back on from the 10 sections at the end (read a book etc.). Obviously you cannot do the “visit somewhere” option at the moment!. 

Although this was written for OCR, as it is an introduction to A level Physics, the transition material for all boards is the same really. 

If you have any trouble locating the web page then just email Dr Johnson to send you a copy of the document directly.

Physics Transition Work for Year 12 - the answers

Geography  Luke Brown

At AS the topics you should look into are Earth Hazards, Changing Spaces/Making Places (Urban), and Coastal Landscapes. We choose these topics as they fit well with the previous study at GCSE. The topics offer a lot of opportunities to develop and build on prior knowledge, as well as introduce new content.

Article review template.


Students need to research 2 or 3 Geographical articles relating to the spec topics (on the department Googlesite), and complete the article review sheet (on the department Googlesite) as a GoogleDoc and share with Mr Brown. The basic idea is that it will develop knowledge, while also getting you to consider what you're reading in context of the spec. It also supports the development of a Geographical writing style, which is crucial for the AS and A2 exams.

You can get articles from a range of sources, but a few to consider are National Geographic, The Guardian - environment, Geography Review, The Geographical.

You also have access to a lot of articles on the department Googlesite.

The second area to work on is accessing and studying a MOOC course, to support the spec content. You should look to complete two of these as a larger and longer running task. You will need to create an account and complete the course, YOU DO NOT NEED TO PAY for a certificate they will still receive an email upon completion. You need to send me an email of which course you have selected. Do them one at a time!

A few suggested courses are;

Article review exemplar

 Economics Darren Hallett

Task 1

Do some research into Adam Smith (1723- 1790) who was one of the first pioneers in Economics.

He also featured on the back of the £20 note before being replaced when the polymer notes were introduced. Find out some basic information-

Where was he born? Where did he study? What did he publish?

What were his views on how economies should run?

Produce an A4 summary poster that you can put in the front of your Economics folder.

Use this link to help you:

Task 2

Do the same for another iconic economist- John Marnard Keynes (1883- 1946). This time watch the video link below to help you:

Economics Transition Work- Feedback

English Language  Alison Lynch 

Students choose one option per week from a takeaway menu of tasks in the 11 into 12 A Taste of English A Level Google Classroom site.  

All the texts referred to in the tasks can be found online or in the workbook provided.  

You will submit weekly tasks to Google Classroom in the usual way.  Bon Appetit!

Guardian Restaurant Review

How does Obama use language and rhetorical devices

Why Study English Language - Exemplar response

 Politics Nick Wharton 

 Complete all four tasks in the “Politics - Transition to A level document which you can find here:

Politics transition work exemplar answers

Philosophy  Jennifer Quartly-Watson 

Task 1: Please familiarise yourself with the following two websites. You can write a summary of the following topics to help get you started.

Arguments for the existence of God and their criticisms
Ancient Greek Philosophical ideas
Body, mind and soul
Normative ethical theories


Task 2: You will need to get to know with the following scholars in A Level Philosophy.

I recommend that you research these individuals and write a brief summary on them. I would also encourage you to put this information in chronological order.


Task 3: If you would like to start reading please start with these two books.

The Puzzle of Ethics
The Puzzle of God
An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion (B Davies)

Philosophy transition work answers

Art  Mary Birch 

Artists have  produced works in answer to  events happening around them. Artists today will be creating art works in response to the world’s pandemic.

Task One:  Research Picasso’s  image “Guernica” , Watch you-tube clips

Create  a document/ slide with an image  of Guernica analysing the artwork. You should write a paragraph for each of the following:-  Background , what influenced the creation of the piece? Content, mood, composition, colour, your opinion of what the image conveys to the viewer. The video clips will help you with this.

Task two: Research and select one of Henry Moore’s underground shelter drawings of the Second World War. Create a document/slide  as in task one.

You should include the title  and date of your chosen image.

Task three: Watch the two you-tube clips about Paul Nash.

As in task two, choose one of Paul Nash’s paintings that demonstrate his response to his experiences of war. Create a document/slide as in task one analysing the piece.

Task four: Create a visual, personal response about an aspect of life during the Corona Pandemic. Choice of materials, media, size, painting, drawing, sculpture, photograph, collage etc is entirely up to you. You do not need to do it in the style of any of the artists that you have researched.

Photograph your piece and analyse it as in  the previous tasks.

Individual responses have been sent.

Biology  Bronia Costello

1. Cells:  Work through the cells revision task (resource 1) and the specialised cells task (resource 2).  Use the cells powerpoint (resource 3) to help you complete the animals and plant cells task (resource 4).

2. Magnification:  Use the magnification powerpoint (resource 5) to help you complete the tasks on the magnification work book (resource 6).

3. Testing for biological molecules:  Revise how to test for sugars, proteins, starch and lipids.  Research how you could modify the methods in order to find out how much of a substance is actually in a sample.

4. Download the free version of the Headstart to A level Biology and make use of it to familiarise yourself with the GCSE knowledge you will need in order to make a good start on the A level course.

5. Maths skills for Biology - extension task.  Many students worry about the mathematical content of the course.  If you want to have a go at these the maths skills questions (resource 7) then please do.  Don’t worry if they are difficult, it is a new skill for you!!

You should all now have free access to the Biological Sciences Review archive until 28th July and I would advise reading a magazine a week. 

I am not worried about the CGP work as so many individuals have been unable to access it.

Bridging work model answers


Chemistry  Scott Littler

Download the Head Start to A-Level Chemistry Book (Free) from Amazon using the following link:

You will need the free amazon kindle app to access this on your laptop/phone/tablet. You should then use the information in this book to complete the 3 tasks below:

Task 1 Atomic Structure: Construct a mind map that shows everything you know about the structure of the atom. Include information about atomic and mass numbers, Isotopes and the arrangements of electrons around the nucleus, including information about subshells and electron configurations using subshells 

Task 2 Moles: Make notes on the following GCSE videos to recap your knowledge of the mole and then work through pages 37 - 40 of the CGP Head start book above.

Part 1 then a link into part 2 of Moles

Task 3 Organic Chemistry: Using the Head start to Chemistry book answer the questions below:

1. Define homologous series and functional group.
2a. What are the differences between alkanes and alkenes (p.24-26)
2b. Name and draw the first 8 alkanes and alkenes.
2c. What are the properties of alkenes?
2d. Answer questions on p.24 -25.
3. Name the first 5 alcohols, what functional group do they contain?
b. What is a primary, secondary and tertiary alcohol? Outline some of the properties of alcohols. 
c. Answer questions on p.27 on alcohols
4. Explain the process of polymerisation using a flow diagram using p.26.

Watch the youtube link below  

Answer these questions:

1.Explain the process of fractional distillation and cracking

2. What are the properties of the hydrocarbons that come off at the top of the tower compared to the bottom of the tower?

If you are going to be taking Chemistry at A-Level then working your way through this book over the summer will give you the best start possible.

Chemistry Transition Work Key Points (Examplar)

Computer Science  Christopher Deane

 Learn how to use the fundamentals of the C# programming language and then complete the Password Checker project task.

You can use console mode with C# within Visual Studio.

 C# guide and the task are shared on the links below via Google Drive

C# guide

Password Checker Task

Password Checker Program


A-Level PE Timothy Orford

Task 1: read the A-level PE specification here;

Task 2: 500 word essay - 'Outline' the sport and level of competition in which you participate competitively. Using practical examples 'Discuss' when you have been successful and when you may have failed. Using psychological principles 'Evaluate' factors may have played a part in this success and failure?

 Task 3: Research Project - 'Explain' the development of sport from the 19th Century to the 20th Century. Use a powerpoint to illustrate your findings (minimum of 8 slides).

 Task 4: 'Draw' and 'Label' a human skeleton 'Identifying' the major muscles and bones to advanced level standard.

 Task 5: Choose an elite sports person of your choice, 'Critically Evaluate' what physiological adaptations they have that have enabled them to be successful.

You can use pictures to help illustrate your points (max 2 sides of A4).

Task 6: Information Poster - create an A3 poster (handwritten or electronic) showing how the 'golden triangle' works with regards to the commercialisation of sport. You should use specific practical examples from sport to 'Justify' your answer.

Task 7: Biomechanics - create a short video clip of your sport where you annotate or narrate the application of 'Newtons Laws'.

A Level PE transition answers

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