Care to Learn (C2L)

If you are a young parent and want to return to, or continue with your learning, then C2L can cover the cost of your childcare and transport costs.

You can apply for C2L if you can answer yes to the following questions:

  • You will be under 20 years of age on the day your course starts
  • You are caring for your own child or children
  • You meet residency conditions
  • You are undertaking learning that receives some public funding
  • Your childcare provider is registered with Ofsted to ensure they meet certain safety and quality standards

Further information can be found on the designated website here or contact the Learner Support Helpline on 0800 121 8989

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Bursary Support Channelside Leaflet.

Click here to download the Bursary Application form 2020-2021.



Bursary Support Channelside Leaflet.

Click here to download the Bursary Application form 2020-2021.

Film Studies A Level

In Films Studies A level you will be watching a wide range of films. Your job to prepare for the course is to watch as many films as you can. Really explore the films you watch, if you usually only watch Action films, check out some fantasy or Sci Fi. A good guide is to look for award winning films you can watch. Also look out for any of our study films (see list below)

As you are watching the film think about the following:-

  • Cinematography – What is the camera doing? How is it helping to tell the story?
  • Lighting – How is light and shadow being used deliberately to communicate the mood?
  • Editing – How has the film been edited between shots to create a dynamic flow?
  • Mise-en-scene – How have props and setting been used to create layers of meaning?
  • Performance – How are the actors building character through their gestures and voice?
  • Sound – How is the soundtrack (the music) complimenting the onscreen action. How is the sound within the film story being used?


Hold these ideas in your mind as you watch the film, you will be amazed at how much deeper your film experience will be. I sometimes sit with a favourite movie and a pad and make little notes as I go. It sounds weird, but believe me, you get to the other end of the Movie and it changes your entire view of a film you thought you knew so well.

Our study films

Pulp Fiction (1994) – Tarantino film, a real modern classic, great soundtrack too. Dow things with story telling that will blow your mind.

Casablanca (1942) – Always in the top 10 of the greatest films of all time. Amazing performances.

Blade Runner (1982) – Wow! To look at this film is stunning even by modern standards. Great story too.

Pans Labyrinth (2006) – OMG I love this movie. It’s Spanish but there is no language barrier. It’s written and directed by one of my favourite modern directors Guillermo del Toro, who is now a big Hollywood director

No Country for old Men (2007) – What a movie! The villain of this film is legendary. He is the ultimate bad guy. He’s even popped up in the Simpsons.

Trainspotting (1996) – A work of art. One of the greatest films to come out of Britain. Funny, heart breaking, thrilling. This film is a rollercoaster that kicks off with an iconic opening scene.

Winters Bone (2010) – American film making at its most beautiful and its darkest. This is Jennifer Lawrence before Hunger Games. What a performance.

This is England (2006) – Directed by Shane Meadows, this is British film making done as only we do. Gritty realism mingles with laughter. This film takes a seriously dark turn but wow, what a movie. At the end of this you will be a different person.

City of God (2002) – One of the greatest films to come out of Brazil. Language barrier, forget it! This story of the rise of gangs in a deprived district of Rio De Janeiro (the City of God) is packed full of characters you will fall in love with, that will terrify you. This film has a moment in it of such intensity it will scar you (in a good way) for life.

Amy (2015) – The Amy Winehouse story. This documentary is edited together by the director (Kapadia) that you end the film feeling you know the singer intimately. Her tragic end is felt almost as a personal loss. I went into this film sort of liking Amy Winehouse but came out of it a devoted fan. There are more twists and turns in this movie than you would get in an action movie. A classic.

Sunrise (1927) – A masterpiece. The greatest film you have never heard of. It won a bunch of Academy Awards. It was one of the first films to have a music soundtrack and sound effects.

Watch these films if you can, but really watch as many films as you can. It’ll be tough

See you in September. Happy watching.

Choose a product from around the house and produce a product analysis on it. You should use ACCESSFM to help you to analysis the product. You should aim to write a paragraph for each section. See link below to help.



Dismantle a product at home—ASK YOUR PARNETS FIRST!!! Take photos and record your findings



Research into ICT in manufacturing. Was JIT and automation? Research into CAD CAM. What do they mean—what are positive and negative points?



Revise into the following production methods.

One off—mass—batch –continuous


I would like you to give a definition and a product example for each method. Picture may also help you remember this for future revision task.

Write 250 words on what makes a good product.



Revise and make notes relating to QA, QC, tolerance and manufacturing specifications—what are they?



Describe the role of a designer and the impact the products they make can have on society


Research and record the following design movements:

Art Deco-Art Nouveau-De Stijl Modernism-Bauhaus-Memphis


Find examples of their work and give an honest opinion of whether you like it or not.


Design a new product that will help keep people safe from COVID-19. Your design should be rendered and annotated. To make it better you could attempt to draw this isometrically or 3rd Angle Orthographic.

Follow this link to help you gain an insight into what engineering will entail at Furness College:



The links below provide lots of information to allow school levers, parents and schools to gather information about the Construction sector, they are interactive and give information from apprenticeship right through to specific trades. These are a great place to start when looking into developing skills in the constructions sector

Some specific tasks carrying on from this to consider:

  • Discover on your exercise walks different types of brick patterns (bonds) and research their uses
  • Discover different types of roofs, look around you or use the internet to take note of the different looks and structures and investigate the differences.
  • Discover different types of wall finishes ( eg rendering and plaster) both internal and external – first start with your house and then look at other buildings around you. How is this different in larger buildings or public places and why?
  • Discover different types of paint finishes on different surfaces, investigate why different paints are used and the best types of paints for different applications.

As a larger project, look at different types of buildings both locally or pick a village or town to research, and identify their age from building processes and materials used. Research building practices from the eras you have found.

When planning to study Geography at A level your learning from GCSE is your foundation to build on. When you start the A level Geography course we will begin with Topic 1: Earth Life Support Systems.

This topic forms the basis of study for much of the rest of the course as you progress through your 2 year A level.

In topic 1 you will learn about natural systems that keep Earth habitable for life and the important components of those systems, in particular those which help to regulated climate. These include oceans, key ecosystems like tropical rainforests and Arctic ice and glaciers.

Later topics in the course will include glaciations and oceans and in depth study of climate change which looks at how all these different Earth life support systems are being impacted by human activity.

To help you get a head start useful topics to revise from GCSE Geography would include;-

  • The water cycle
  • Tropical rainforests
  • Glaciation
  • Global warming and human impacts
  • Tectonics

As part of your A level you will be required to complete an independent investigation into a chosen topic based on practical fieldwork. This coursework counts for 20% of the total mark towards your final A level grade.

This means that practical geographical skills are an essential of the course including map work and interpretation of data. These skills will underpin much of geographical studies and be essential for your coursework.

It would be very useful for you to ‘brush up’ on some of these skills before your start in September.

Some taster tasks to help you prepare for some of these topics are suggested below;

Topic Tasks


Water Cycle Google the water cycle and identify the main ways that water moves between the atmosphere, biosphere (living things), hydrosphere (surface water such as rivers & oceans) and lithosphere (rocks)

Put the ways you have identified into 4 categories: Inputs of water, Outputs of water, Stores of water, Transfers or flows of water

Draw a simple flow diagram: INPUTS _ STORES_FLOWS_OUTPUTS


Global Warming Watch David Attenborough’s recent BBC programme on the iplayer-“Climate change: The Facts” www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m00049b1/climate-change-the-facts

The programme is divided into 3 parts; causes, impacts, solution

Make a table as below to briefly summarise the main points under the following headings:

Causes Impacts  



Tropical Rainforest



Look at the picture of the rainforest in Sarawak, Malaysia and read the article. Complete Activities 1 and 2.

Look at the climate data for London and Sarawak. Using graph paper draw a climate graph for each of the 2 locations. Put months along the bottom x axis (Jan – Dec). You will need 2 y axis (left and right). Make one of these for rainfall and the other max temperature. For each month do rainfall as vertical bars and temperature as a point. Then join all the points to make a single line for the year.

Compare the results and describe the differences.


Glaciation Look at the photo and map of the Fox glacier in New Zealand.

Use the contour heights to find; a) the attitude of the top of the glacier and b) the height of Mount Garnier.

Give the 6 figure grid reference of Mount Garnier.

Print the map and draw a straight line with a ruler from the top of the Fox glacier to the bottom. Where the contours cross your line identify the approximate height at each point. You will then have a line showing the slope (long profile) of the glacier from top to bottom.

On a sheet of graph paper (or using an excel spreadsheet) plot the long profile as a graph in the same way you would plot a cross section. The bottom x axis is distance and the y axis is height. Use the information sheets to help you do this.



To prepare you for A Level physics why not try some online lessons that are designed specifically to help you bridge the gap from your GCSEs to A level.

Each lesson should take you between 1 and 2 hours and involves three steps

  1. LEARN – Watch some videos and test yourself with Quick Questions
  2. PRACTISE – Complete the short worksheet
  3. REVIEW – Watch the daily livestream at 10 am that will take you through the answers

The livestream videos are also stored on YouTube in case you miss a livestream or want to revisit any.

Use the link below to access these upcoming lessons.


There are also two more lessons each week to help you brush up on your GCSE physics knowledge if you need to.

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