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Overview

The Kings Advanced Level Foundation is based on A-level syllabuses, taught by A-level teachers, assessed against A-levels and moderated by an independent Advisory Board of external examiners. As such, it is one of the most highly academic and successful pathways to leading UK universities.

Data for Maths and Science is a compulsory module within the Foundation, and is specifically designed to prepare students for the rigours of academic study at UK university.

Key Facts

Start Dates:

  • 4 April 2022 (Extended programme only)
  • 27 June 2022 (Extended programme only)
  • 5 September 2022
  • 3 January 2023

Colleges:

  • Bournemouth
  • Brighton
  • London
  • Oxford

Entry level:

  • Academic: Completed 11-12 years of schooling
  • English: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent

Minimum age:

  • 16.5

Length:

  • 1 Academic Year (3 terms)
  • Extended programme: 1-2 Academic Years (4-7 terms)

Lessons:

  • Average 21 hours per week (plus homework and private study)

Class size:

  • 8-12

Learning outcomes

  • The ability to structure, store and analyse numerical and non-numerical data. 
  • Knowledge of and competency in generic computer packages such as Excel 
  • The ability to represent data using a variety of graphical forms.
  • The ability to understand numerical data using standard statistical methods. 
  • An appreciation of the application of statistics to modelling real-world situations. 
  • An understanding of notions of statistical testing. 
  • An understanding of the use of algorithms to solve real-world problems. 
  • A sophisticated understanding of data presented by others. 
  • An understanding of real-world applications involving forces and acceleration. 

Course content and structure

The Advanced Level Foundation programme is highly flexible, and able to adapt to the needs and academic aspirations of each student. It does this through a combination of core modules and a series of elective modules which can be combined in different ways to create main subject streams.

Data for Maths and Science is one of the compulsory modules offered, and an overview of the syllabus content is shown below.

Course structure and content

Term 1

  • Computer applications and statistics 
  • Computer security and good organisation practice 
  • Making backups of files and folders 
  • Using Microsoft Word to produce well presented academic reports 
  • Using Microsoft Excel to enter data, formulae and functions         
  • Using Microsoft Excel to represent, analyse, format and print data 
  • Measures of location and dispersion: mean, median, mode, range, quartiles, standard deviation, skewness  
  • Histograms, cumulative frequency diagrams, box and whisker plots, pie charts and stem and leaf diagrams 
  • Statistical analysis 
  • Sampling methods (random, systematic, stratified, quota, opportunity and cluster) 
  • Surveys and questionnaires (writing and analyzing) 
  • Probability, probability trees, Venn diagrams, conditional probability 
  • Critical reading of data presented by others 

Term 2

  • Developing skills with Microsoft Excel (e.g. IF, VLOOKUP, CORREL, combo boxes, option buttons, spinners) 
  • Algorithms applied to graphs and networks 
  • Correlation of data 
  • Pearson’s Product Moment Correlation 
  • Coefficient and Spearman’s Rank Correlation 
  • Regression lines 
  • Significance testing 
  • Random variables 
  • Uniform and binomial distributions 
  • Expectation and variance 
  • Normal distribution 
  • Critical path analysis and GANTT diagrams 

Term 3

  • Forces 
  • Moments   
  • Acceleration 
  • Vectors 

Recommended reading

Below is a list of text books normally used on this course, as well as books which may help you prepare for your studies prior to arrival. In many cases the textbooks will be supplied by the school, and you may borrow them for the duration of your time at school.

  • Edexcel AS and A level Mathematics Statistics and Mechanics Year 1 2017 
  • Edexcel AS and A level Mathematics Statistics and Mechanics Year 2 2017 
  • Pearson Edexcel Decision Mathematics 1 D1 published in 2009 

Sample academic calendar (2021-2022)

Year 1

September

  • 6th: term starts
  • Student induction

October

  • 18 – 22nd: half term
  • Progress tests

November

  • University fairs and talks

December

  • 10th: term ends
  • End of term exams

January

  • 3rd: term starts

February

  • 10th – 11th: half term
  • Progress tests
  • University fairs

March

  • End of term exams
  • 18th: term ends

April

  • 4th: term starts

May

  • Progress tests

June

  • Exams
  • 10th: term ends

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