Horsforth School Sixth Form Course Guide

Opportunity and achievement for all | Horsforth School Sixth Form 10 ICT Curriculum Leader: Mr R Emmett The IT qualification is new and with refreshing, modern and exciting concepts which is up to date, engaging and fit for purpose for all students.The qualifications aim to develop students’ knowledge and understanding and skills of the essentials of IT and Cyber Security. Students will gain an insight into IT sector as they investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure on a global scale and the importance of legal and security considerations. Designed in collaboration with industry experts the qualifications focus on the requirements that today’s employers demand. There is no AS Level equivalent for this course so it should be treated as a two year course. Mandatory Units: Essentials of IT The IT solutions that businesses use in the modern world are made up of many different component parts.These parts can include PCs, PCs that are linked together to form a network, devices and wearable technologies that are attached to the PC or the network via the cloud and the internet.These business solutions are designed to help businesses to operate. Essentials of Cyber Security With so much data and information being stored on computer systems, the need for security is more important than ever.To lose, or have this information and data manipulated, can cause individuals and organisations loss of time, reputation and possibly financial loss. It is important that good security procedures are implemented to keep data and information as safe as possible. Optional Units In addition the students will complete 3 optional units.These will be chosen depending partly on student interest.We will have topics such as website production, interactive media, E-Commerce and Project Planning, 2 D animation and many more to choose from. MATHEMATICS OCR specification A Curriculum Leader: Mr S. Jackson Leader of Progress (KS5): Mr J. Harrisson The new A Level specification develops mathematical understanding from the new Mathematics GCSE (9-1) course. Students are encouraged to think, act and communicate mathematically, providing them with the skills to analyse situations in mathematics and elsewhere. The mathematical knowledge students can gain will be broad and widely applicable, preparing them for a wide range of destinations. Content includes in-depth treatments of calculus and proof, alongside statistics and mechanics. It emphasises how mathematical ideas are interconnected and how mathematics can be applied to help make sense of data, to understand the physical world and to solve problems in a variety of contexts, including social sciences and business. A Level Mathematics prepares students for a wide range of destinations in Higher Education and employment.To meet the demands of the modern working world students will need access to appropriate technology in school and at home. Students will need to purchase a new calculator and may find the new Casio graphical calculator especially helpful. Students are expected to be able to use their own calculator for any function it can perform as appropriate. Whilst most students will complete the A Level qualification over two years some learners may wish to follow a Mathematics course only up to AS Level as a fourth subject inYear 12 order to broaden their curriculum and to develop their interest and understanding of different areas of the subject. Internal Assessment Each unit from the scheme of work is internally assessed by a short, timed assessment which is used to track progress. Students will also sit formal mock examinations. External Assessment There is no coursework assessment. Year 12 (AS Level): • Most students would not opt to sit external exams in the summer of Year 12. • AS Level exam grades do not count toward the full A Level qualification. • Paper 1 (Pure Mathematics & Statistics): 75 marks, 1½ hour written paper, 1/2 of AS Level qualification. • Paper 2 (Pure Mathematics & Mechanics): 75 marks, 1½ hour written paper, 1/2 of AS Level qualification. • Students now sit the same examinations: no longer a choice of Statistics and Mechanics modules as in previous years. Year 13 (A Level): • Paper 1 (Pure Mathematics): 100 marks, 2 hour written paper, 1/3 of A Level qualification. • Paper 2 (Pure Mathematics & Statistics): 100 marks, 2 hour written paper, 1/3 of A Level qualification. • Paper 3 (Pure Mathematics & Mechanics): 100 marks, 2 hour written paper, 1/3 of A Level qualification. • Students now sit the same examinations: no longer a choice of Statistics and Mechanics modules as in previous years. Entry requirements Grade 6 or above in GCSE Mathematics.

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