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Mathematics Advanced Subsidiary Level 

Qualifications: GCE AS Level

Exam Board: tbc

Entry Requirements: A good grade at GCSE Higher tier Maths. e.g. Grade 6 or above.

Note: This is a one year course and students opting for this course should ensure they are studying three other subjects.

Overview

Mathematics is an exciting and challenging subject which can be studied for its own sake or to support a range of other subjects. Maths lies at the heart of all technological innovations of recent years and is highly valued by both universities and employers.

This is a one year course and is suitable for those students who require a good level of Mathematics to support their other subjects and future ambitions. It is designed to run alongside the first year of the A level in Mathematics.

What will I learn?

The course is divided into two parts:  Pure and Applied.

Pure Maths is the study of algebra, trigonometry, geometry and calculus and is essential for both the understanding of the subject and to provide the tools to deal with real life applications. This comprises two thirds of the course content.

Applied Maths is the study of the way in which Maths is used in life and covers one third of the course content:

  • Statistics is the most familiar area as some of the concepts would have been studied at GCSE.  Topics covered are probability, representing data and interpreting data.
  • Mechanics is the most suitable for students taking Physics and important for anyone considering a career in engineering, design or architecture.  Topics covered are Kinematics, applications of calculus, Forces and Newton’s laws.

How will I learn?

In mathematics, the emphasis is on understanding concepts, practising techniques and solving problems. Through discussion, teacher-led exposition, individual study and group work, you will learn to analyse and solve problems. Some topics involve the use of graphical calculators and computers. Students are encouraged to have their own graphical calculator. In mathematics at Kennicott, it is expected that every student has an excellent work ethic. Not only will you be expected to focus on, and contribute to, class discussion, but a substantial amount of independent study will be required.

Where could it lead?

A Level Maths opens up a wide range of career options and recent research suggests that those who have a Maths A Level earn an average 10% higher income. Maths affects everything we do in our lives.  It forms the basis for many other subjects and is fascinating in its own right.  It can lead to a variety of fulfilling careers from engineering, design and architecture to philosophy, geography and even careers in music and the media.  The list is endless. 

Note Those students who choose to do this AS course will have the option to continue on to the full A level in the second year if they are making good progress.

Contact

Damian Yates: Raising Standards Leader                                dyates@kingedwardvi.devon.sch.uk

Mathematics Advanced Level 

Qualifications: GCE A Level

Exam Board: tbc

Entry Requirements: Grade 7 or above at GCSE Mathematics.

Overview

Mathematics is an exciting and challenging subject which can be studied for its own sake or to support a range of other subjects. Mathematics lies at the heart of all technological innovations of recent years and is highly valued by both universities and employers.

What will I learn?

Year 12 During the first two terms of year 12 students will cover the AS Mathematics content:

Pure Maths is the study of algebra, trigonometry, geometry and calculus and is essential for both the understanding of the subject and to provide the tools to deal with real life applications. This comprises two thirds of the course content.

Applied Maths is the study of the way in which Maths is used in life and covers one third of the course content:

  • Statistics is the most familiar area as some of the concepts would have been studied at GCSE.  Topics covered are probability, representing data and interpreting data.
  • Mechanics is the most suitable for students taking Physics and important for anyone considering a career in engineering, design or architecture.  Topics covered are Kinematics, applications of calculus, Forces and Newton’s laws.

Year 12 / 13

Pure Maths. Students will study proof, partial fractions, functions, parametric equations, binomial expansion, sequences, trigonometry, further calculus, differential equations, numerical methods and vectors.  This comprises two thirds of the course content.

The applied content, statistics and Mechanics, comprises one third of the content:

  • Statistics. Students will study further probability, the Normal distribution and Hypothesis testing.
  • Mechanics. Students will study projectile motion, moments, and Friction. The work on Kinematics, forces and Newton’s laws will be extended to more than one dimension and to more complicated situations.

How will I learn?

In mathematics, the emphasis is on understanding concepts, practising techniques and solving problems. Through discussion, teacher-led exposition, individual study and group work, you will learn to analyse and solve problems. Some topics involve the use of graphical calculators and computers. Students are encouraged to have their own graphical calculator. In mathematics at Kennicott, it is expected that every student has an excellent work ethic. Not only will you be expected to focus on, and contribute to, class discussion, but a substantial amount of independent study will be required.

Where could it lead?

A Level Maths opens up a wide range of career options and recent research suggests that those who have a Maths A Level earn an average 10% higher income. Maths affects everything we do in our lives.  It forms the basis for many other subjects and is fascinating in its own right.  It can lead to a variety of fulfilling careers from engineering, design and architecture to philosophy, geography and even careers in music and the media.  The list is endless. 

Contact

Damian Yates: Raising Standards Leader                                dyates@kingedwardvi.devon.sch.uk

Further Mathematics Advanced Subsidiary Level 

Qualifications: GCE AS Level

Exam Board: tbc

Entry Requirements: Grade 7 or above in GCSE Maths.

Note This is a one year course and students opting for this course should ensure they are studying three other subjects, one of which needs to be A level Mathematics.

Overview

Further Mathematics involves studying many exciting new ideas and this course is designed for students who enjoy exploring the world of mathematics and who have a real passion for the subject. It is particularly useful for anyone considering a career in maths, engineering, electronics, economics or accountancy.

What will I learn?

Pure Maths This comprises 30% of the course and covers topics such as matrices, complex numbers, graphs, further algebra, vectors and proof by induction.

Applied Maths/optional content comprises 70% of the course. Areas of study will be chosen from a number of available units such as Further Mechanics, Further Statistics, modelling with algorithms and numerical methods.

How will I learn?

Through discussion, teacher-led exposition, individual study and group work, you will learn to analyse and solve problems. Further Maths will differ to normal Maths in that there will be more emphasis on problem solving: this is what universities are looking for in good mathematicians.

Some topics involve the use of graphical calculators and computers. Students of Further Mathematics will be expected to purchase their own graphical calculator.

In Mathematics at Kennicott, it is expected that every student has an excellent work ethic. Not only will you be expected to focus on, and contribute to, class discussion, but a substantial amount of independent study will be required.

Where could it lead?

Further Maths, like A Level Maths, opens up a wide range of career options and recent research suggests that those who have a Maths A Level earn an average 10% higher income. Maths affects everything we do in our lives. It forms the basis for many other subjects and is fascinating in its own right. It can lead to a variety of fulfilling careers from engineering, design and architecture to philosophy, geography and even careers in music and the media.

Note Those students who choose to do this AS course will have the option to continue on to the full A level in the second year if they are making good progress.

Contact Damian Yates: Raising Standards Leader                           dyates@kingedwardvi.devon.sch.uk

Further Mathematics Advanced Level 

Qualifications: GCE A Level

Exam Board: tbc

Entry Requirements: Grade 7 or above in GCSE Maths.

Note Students opting for this course will also need to study A level Mathematics.

Overview

Further Mathematics involves studying many exciting new ideas and this course is designed for students who enjoy exploring the world of mathematics and who have a real passion for the subject. It is particularly useful for anyone considering a career in maths, engineering, electronics, economics or accountancy.

During the first two terms of year 12 students will cover the AS Further Mathematics content

What will I learn?

Pure Maths This comprises 50% of the course and covers topics such as matrices, complex numbers, graphs, further algebra, vectors, proof by induction, series, further calculus, hyperbolic functions and differential equations.

Applied Maths/optional content comprises 50% of the course. Areas of study will be chosen from a number of available units such as further mechanics, further statistics, modelling with algorithms, numerical methods and further pure maths.

How will I learn?

Through discussion, teacher-led exposition, individual study and group work, you will learn to analyse and solve problems. Further Maths will differ to normal Maths in that there will be more emphasis on problem solving: this is what universities are looking for in good mathematicians.

Some topics involve the use of graphical calculators and computers. Students of Further Mathematics will be expected to purchase their own graphical calculator.

In Mathematics at Kennicott, it is expected that every student has an excellent work ethic. Not only will you be expected to focus on, and contribute to, class discussion, but a substantial amount of independent study will be required.

Where could it lead?

A Level Further Maths, like A Level Maths, opens up a wide range of career options and recent research suggests that those who have a Maths A Level earn an average 10% higher income. Maths affects everything we do in our lives. It forms the basis for many other subjects and is fascinating in its own right. It can lead to a variety of fulfilling careers from engineering, design and architecture to philosophy, geography and even careers in music and the media.

Contact Damian Yates: Raising Standards Leader                           dyates@kingedwardvi.devon.sch.uk

Computer Science Advanced Level 

Qualification: GCE A Level

Exam Board: AQA

Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and Maths (B grade in Maths is preferred) Grade C or above in GCSE Computer Science (if taken) – student CAN take this course without having done GCSE Computer Science

Overview

A level Computer Science is an exciting new course open to students who have studied Computer Science at GCSE and those who would like to start a new challenge.  The subject suits students who already have an interest in how computers work or how to program and have a good level of Maths.

The course is broken down into three units, each assessed in a different way.  Unit 1 has a 2½ hour on-screen exam to test student’s abilities to program, as well as their theoretical knowledge of computer science.  Unit 2 has a 2½ written paper on a range of computer science topics from data representation and databases to computer architecture and communication networks.  Unit 3 involves students investigating and solving a real problem using a systematic approach and the application of their programming skills.

The first year of the course will cover parts of units 1 and 2 and enable students to take the AS exams in these units (which are 1½ hours each).  This will allow students to assess their progress through the course or to stop after one year with a qualification.

What will I learn?

A lot of time will be spent developing students’ skills in the programming.  This will be using text based languages such as Python and Visual Basic, starting with basic procedural programming before moving on to object-oriented programming.  Key aspects will be using different variable types and data structures, structured programming using procedures and functions and exception handling.

In Year 12 students will also learn how computers store different types of data (numbers, characters, images and sounds), methods of data encryption and compression, Boolean algebra and logic gates, how computers process and store data using binary digits and the fundamentals of networks and data transmission.  In year 13 students will move on to more complex data structures, alternative algorithms for searching and sorting data, relational databases and functional and object-oriented programming.

How will I learn?

Students will learn through a mix of teacher input, student research and practical application.  Most of the resources will be made available online through Google Classroom and students will be encouraged to continue practical work on their own computers. 

Where could it lead?

A Level Computer Science supports progression into further education, training and employment.  Possible routes may include degrees in Computing and ICT, BTEC Higher National in Computing, BTEC Foundation Degree in Computing and related fields.

Contact James Hartridge Lead Teacher for Computing & ICT                    jhartridge@kingedwardvi.devon.sch.uk

ECDL Advanced: Level 3 Certificate in IT User Skills 

Qualification: BCS Level 3 Certificate in IT User Skills (ECDL Advanced)

Exam Board: BCS (British Computer Society)

Entry Requirements: There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification however it is recommended that you have previously studied an IT qualification at level 2.

Overview

This qualification is a level 3 Certificate that covers high level IT user skills and applications commonly used in many businesses. Completing this qualification will develop your understanding and capability in the use of IT and teach you how to use the software efficiently.  This qualification is designed for people who are looking to gain an advanced level understanding and capability in the use of IT applications that are a requirement in many job roles across many different sectors today.

You will complete five specific level 3 units from the ITQ framework:

  • Word Processing Software
  • Spreadsheet Software
  • Presentation Software
  • Database Software
  • Improving Productivity Using IT

Each unit will be assessed through a one hour practical on-screen test.

What will I learn?

By completing this qualification, you will develop advanced IT user knowledge and skills you need to work productively in a managerial job role that requires the expert use of common IT software applications.  You can expect to develop skills including:

  • How to use IT tools to improve productivity and work more effectively; such as using automated tools and advanced features of software applications.
  • How to realise the full potential of spreadsheet software to produce high-quality management information.
  • How to exploit the advanced features of word processing software to enhance work, improve productivity and save time.
  • How to use advanced features to create high-impact presentations, and demonstrate expert presentation skills.
  • How to use advanced tools available within database software to organise and manage information.

How will I learn?

Students will learn through practical activities designed to cover the range of advanced skills necessary to pass the tests.  There will also be practice tests so students can identify when they are ready to take the actual tests.

Where could it lead?

By completing this qualification you will be demonstrating that you have the advanced IT skills to competently carry out a managerial job role with a range of employers. You may also progress to further learning at level 4, studying similar IT qualifications or other unrelated courses.  This qualification also attracts 40 UCAS points.

Contact James Hartridge Lead Teacher for Computing & ICT                    jhartridge@kingedwardvi.devon.sch.uk

ECDL Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills 

Qualification: ECDL Level 2 Certificate in IT Application Skills

Exam Board: BCS (British Computer Society)

Entry Requirements: There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification

Overview

This qualification is a level 2 Certificate that covers core IT user skills and applications commonly used in many businesses. Completing this qualification will develop your understanding and capability in the use of IT and teach you how to use the software efficiently.  This qualification is designed for people who are looking to gain a strong basic level of understanding and capability in the use of IT applications that are a requirement in many job roles across many different sectors today.

You will complete four specific level 2 units from the ITQ framework:

  • Word Processing Software
  • Spreadsheet Software
  • Presentation Software
  • Improving Productivity Using IT

Each unit will be assessed through a one hour practical on-screen test.

What will I learn?

By completing this qualification, you will develop core IT user knowledge and skills you need to work productively in an administrative job role that requires the use of common IT software applications.  You can expect to develop skills including:

  • Creating documents with formatted tables, headers and footers, images, formatted text plus how to use mail merge to create multiple documents using a data source
  • Creating presentations with appropriate content, animations and transitions, charts and diagrams and ready for showing to an audience
  • Creating spreadsheets with formulae to carry out calculations, charts and graphs made from the data, specialist functions and formatted to printing
  • Combining skills in word processing, presentations and spreadsheets to produce documents suitable for a given purpose

How will I learn?

Students will learn through practical activities designed to cover the range of skills necessary to pass the tests.  There will also be practice tests so students can identify when they are ready to take the actual tests.

Where could it lead?

By completing this qualification you will be demonstrating that you have the core basic IT skills to competently carry out an administrative job role with a range of employers. You may also progress to ECDL Level 3 (ECDL Advanced), where you will learn advanced skills to enable you to work in a managerial job role.

Contact James Hartridge Lead Teacher for Computing & ICT                    jhartridge@kingedwardvi.devon.sch.uk