I'm 100% dead serious. Your updated OCR a level videos saved my A level.
Jules, an A level student who wrote to us in January 2021.
Our videos are free and available on YouTube. If you are unable to use YouTube at your school, our videos are also available on the ClickView library and to buy from our shop on a USB flash drive.
We don't produce generic videos that cover several topics across many examination boards. Instead we focus exactly on what students need to learn for the exam they will be sitting. There are 162 videos for H046 & H446 in total covering the entire course. Each video tackles a specific aspect of the specification and they are completely ad-free too.
IDEAL FOR TEACHING THEORY
Videos are ideal for teachers who are less confident than they would like to be in delivering the content of the course. You can simply play them from the front of the class or students can watch them independently in the lesson on their own computers if they bring a set of cheap earbuds to school.
WHERE ARE THE NOTES?
Each video is usually limited to about 12 minutes. Just enough time to cover the detail required without being too boring! Unlike our GCSE videos, we don't have notes icons in our A level videos. At A level we have removed this scaffolding to prepare students for later life. We still recommend using the Cornell method of note-taking. Pause, rewind and watch again, video is a fantastic way for students to learn if they miss a lesson and revise the content of the course.
GREAT FOR FLIPPED CLASSROOM
Craig and Dave teach using a flipped classroom pedagogy. We set the video to watch ahead of the lesson, and students write their notes in an exercise book for homework. Students bring their exercise book to the lesson and use it to aid them in completing their classwork. This means they come to the lesson with the knowledge you were going to teach them, accelerating the pace of the lesson and covering more content in a shorter amount of time. It means you have a lot more time to go over difficult concepts, ask questions, spend time with individuals or small groups, and students will be more independent too. Instead of students having very different starting points, they can all start the lesson with the same base knowledge, if not in their heads, in their books. That means you can begin activities immediately without the need for boring chalk and talk time! Of course not all students will do their homework! In that case they simply watch the video in the lesson instead.
SUPPORTING STUDENT LEARNING RECORDS
At A level we provide "structured learning records" or "SLRs". instead of workbooks. We have removed the scaffolding we provided at GCSE and instead students are presented with a series of blank slides titled with a key question. Students use the hundreds of activities we have provided, based on the videos to create "assets", or completed exercises. These assets can be pasted into the SLR and used to demonstrate their learning to answer the key question. How students present their SLR is completely up to them and they will need to decide which assets or parts of the assets they want to use. This makes the A level classwork significantly more challenging.
VIDEOS ON YOUR VLE
We do update the videos from time-to-time to maintain the right focus for students as we learn more from past-papers. Unfortunately this breaks the links to videos you may have. To ensure you have a static link to the very latest video, we suggest linking to pages on our student site instead of directly to YouTube. Each video has it's own static page on our student site.
THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION ANSWERED!
Our videos are also great for private revision towards the end of the course and are watched by thousands of students every year! Our most frequently asked question, "who narrates the videos?" Well, both Craig and Dave made the OCR H406 and H446 ones. These are the first batch we ever made when we were experimenting with a flipped classroom approach for the first time in 2015. They are dated now and certainly need an upgrade in production quality, but all the useful theory is still there.