Information for Schools and Teachers
Welcome to www.thefaculties.org. This site is designed with students and teachers in mind and we hope you find it useful. All the material here is free to use for educational purposes.
On the home page we provide short films of university lecturers speaking on topics from the A-level curriculum. All questions and topics were provided to us by the exam boards AQA, Edexcel, and OCR. For those teaching IB or A-levels from another exam board, these should still be relevant given that the curriculum is set centrally. In bringing the expertise of research scholars into the secondary school classroom, we endeavour to stretch and challenge students, to encourage deeper learning and to better prepare students for university. Each podcast has an associated “discussion”. We strongly encourage students and teachers to use that part of the site to pose questions related to the given podcast, or to propose answers to questions raised by others. Please let us know if you would like to engage the lecturer him/herself. In some cases they can be drawn into the discussion.
The “Universities” pages contain resources intended to help 16-18 year olds choose where to study at university, and how to make the transition from A-level to university most successfully. The “Careers” pages show who hires graduates of different disciplines, and offer general advice on how to realise career ambitions. Please contact us if you have ideas for further resources or topics you want to see us cover.
The video podcasts are designed for use in teaching, especially with a whiteboard. Many teachers find that it is useful to pause the videos at particular points to see how far the students have understood the points being made. Some of our video podcasts are divided into sections so that you can fast-forward to the most relevant bits. Your students might also be assigned a video podcast or some video podcasts as homework. Please let us know if you have innovative ways of working with the podcasts, or if you have suggestions as to how we can make them more useful in your learning and teaching.