Year 12 Summer Work - 2017

Please find below the work set for each subject.  You should work though the sheets for the subjects you are studying next year, this to be completed before the beginning of term.  We recommend that you tackle this in the last couple of weeks of the holiday.


Please complete the homework task Presentation

Business Studies

Complete 10-20 bullet points on both of the following podcasts.

Feel free to choose one of the following on our recommended reading list:

How I Made It: 40 Successful Entrepreneurs Reveal All (Rachel Bridge)
This book provides easy to read insights into the stories of 40 successful start-up entrepreneurs.  Great to use as examples along the course.

My Big Idea (Rachel Bridge)
In this book, Rachel takes a step back to consider what is behind the good business ideas that are converted into successful businesses. Easy reading with strong, relevant insights.

From Acorns (Caspian Woods)
Written by a man who has “been there” (to coin a phrase) but has retained that sense of passion about the challenges of setting up a successful business.  Clearly written for the budding but committed entrepreneur, you can pick up some practical insights.

We look forward to welcoming you in September. 



Candidates who wish to study Chemistry A level should prepare for the course by purchasing the CGP book “Head Start to A Level Chemistry”. This can be readily obtained from Amazon and other reputable book suppliers. It is not specific to any GCSE exam board and will be beneficial to recap all the key topics you should have already studied.

Please read the book, practise the questions and be prepared for a test in mid-September!

ISBN: 978 1 78294 280 1 

English Literature

Please purchase and read copies of the following texts, while also reading the A-level Literature specification (link).  You will need to be prepared to engage in discussion and close study of these texts when you begin the course in September.

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ ISBN: 978-0099740919

‘War of the Worlds’. ISBN: 978-1494745424

‘A Streetcar Named Desire’  ISBN: 978-0141190273

Poems of the Decade: An Anthology of the Forward Books of Poetry, ISBN: 978-0571325405 – NB – the list of the poems you need to read and study for the course are on page two of the link ‘Poems of the Decade Commentaries’.  Use this attachment when reading the poems as it will help you to identify the main issues/themes/ideas in each of the poems.

English Language

Please purchase and read a copy of the following text: (NB. This text is quite expensive.  However, it is really worthwhile and will help you a lot with A-level English Language study.  If you are not able to purchase it, please spend time reading grammar websites and blogs on the internet.)  Also, read as many examples of non-fiction texts as possible – news reports, articles, online message boards, blogs etc., and choose two non-fiction texts from those that you read to discuss when you arrive in September.  You will be asked to feedback on any aspects of the texts that you found of particular interest (e.g. language, style, purpose, audience, form).   Please also read the A-level English Language specification (link)

‘Rediscover Grammar’ ISBN: 978-0582848627






Coasts Summer Work / Preparation

1. Watch, listen and read the news

Complete the log on the reverse of the sheet to record news items you see which relate to your A Level course.  You may wish to also include more detailed notes, newspaper cuttings or print outs from websites.  This news log will be checked at the start of the course in September – please bring it to your first lesson with Mrs Brooks.

2. Background Reading

You may also wish to become more acquainted with current thinking in Geography.  There is now much greater emphasis on how we rely on varied and complex connections across the globe.  These two books provide a useful introduction: (Can be downloaded for free)

Geography: Ideas in Profile by Danny Dorling (available on Amazon)

Oceans Summer work – Exploring oceans topic for Miss Barnett

  • The oceans are in the media multiple times each week. Look at least once a week on reputable web/news sites and see if there’s something on any of the following issues involving oceans (this list covers some of what we study but read anything to do with oceans and you’ll be ahead of the game). I would like you to bring a minimum 3 articles that you have read and annotated with any questions that you have about what you have read. We can discuss your questions in the first lesson. Only look for articles relating to oceans and seas please.
    • Pollution – plastic, nuclear, chemicals, oil spills
    • Sea floor mining
    • Tidal and wave energy
    • Coral reefs
    • Climate change and impact on oceans
    • The Arctic
    • Whaling or fisheries
    • Modern piracy in Somalia, near Malaysia and Nigeria
    • Migration across oceans – Vietnamese Boat People, Mediterranean migration from Turkey and North Africa.
    • Container ships and ports
    • Submarine cables
    • Nutrient levels in the ocean
    • Salinity levels in the ocean
    • Ocean currents
    • The ocean floor and what it looks like – trenches, hydrothermal vents, guyots, etc
  • Films – If available to you at all please watch – Deepwater Horizon and Captain Phillips.
  • TV Series - BBC Oceans aired in 2008 and Blue Planet aired in 2001. Unfortunately these are not available on iPlayer but may be available elsewhere and would be beneficial to watch if possible.
  • Warning - in the second lesson in September you will need to locate the 5 oceans and various seas on a world map, possibly a good idea to look these up and try and remember at least some.


Government & Politics

Please undertake some background reading on these two topic areas ready for September

UK Elections – looking closely at the results of the 2015 UK General Election, the 2014 European Parliament Elections results in the UK and the 2016 Scottish, Welsh and London elections.
Questions to consider:
What similarities and differences can you detect in the results of these elections?
How can you start to explain these similarities and differences.
Why do different elections seem to produce different results?

UK Political Parties
Questions to consider:
Which are the main UK political parties?
How strongly supported are each of these  parties?
What role do political parties play in UK politics and government?

BBC website – plenty of resource son there including the election result data
Parliament website
Each party has its own website
Newspapers – Telegraph, Guardian, Times etc
Economist website 














  1. Log in using the account details that you set up on Friday 30th June. If you did not attend Summer School, you will need to sign up for an Isaac Physics account and select Crypt as your school.
  2. Go to My Account/Teacher Connections and enter the code HEBEJP
  3. Go to My Assignments
  4. Complete the ‘Crypt Summer School 17’ assignment and submit your answers. The deadline for completion is the first day of term in September.
  5. Mr Boon may add some extension assignments, which are optional.




1)     Research a psychologist of your choice (he/she will come from a certain ‘approach’ or school of thought (state the background of the person in terms of their approach – this will show where they feel CAUSE of behaviour lies – biological psychologist or psychodynamic psychologist etcetera).

2)     Explain the person’s contribution to psychology (WHAT did they do - did they explain behaviour in some way, WHY do we know their name).

3)     How did they SUPPORT (never say prove) their theory. What exactly did they do to show they were right. Did they do experiments or case studies or use another research method to show they had a point.

4)     The length of the work is totally up to you but ‘cut and paste’ is not an option. I want your thoughts and words! 


RS Philosophy & Ethics

1) Discover the foundations of Philosophy by researching Plato and Aristotle and complete a fact file for your P&E folders including:

a)   Plato’s use of the Forms, his allegory of the cave and the idea of body/soul distinction.

b)  Aristotle’s influence on later Christian thinkers such as Aquinas.

c)    What are your views on Plato and Aristotle’s views of the ‘divine’?

2) Research the concepts of absolute and relative morality and consider the strengths and weaknesses of each approach. Ensure you use examples to demonstrate these recommendations and flaws.

Attempt one of the following three questions. Include your viewpoint, general arguments for & against as well as religious perspectives.

a)   ‘The UK should reintroduce the Death Penalty for certain crimes.’

b)  ‘Animals should be tested upon to advance medicines & treatments for humans.’

c) ‘The UK should introduce voluntary euthanasia.’









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